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HTMLUnions Unleash Safety Attacks on Fast Food Restaurants
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
Yesterday was one of those occasions when I wish that my predictions had been inaccurate. I have speculated that the SEIU and other unions harassing fast food restaurants would eventually add mass OSHA complaints to their joint employer, discrimination, living wage, and other attacks. Yesterday,...

 

HTML"No Opinion Letters" Policy Reaffirmed
John E. Thompson; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
From the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's inception in 1938, employers sought, and officials of the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division provided, official written explanations of how that law works in particular situations. These "opinion letters" served as an important...

 

HTML"Tipped Minimum Wage" Nonsense Continues
John E. Thompson; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
A recent post appearing on U.S. Labor Department's blog begins, "The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That's right - it's been the same for nearly a quarter century."

 

HTML"Predictable Scheduling": An Undiscovered FLSA "Right"?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil reportedly has said that the Division is "looking very actively at" the question of whether workers should be legally entitled to "predictable scheduling". In recounting Mr. Weil's statements in a recent interview, Daily Labor Report...

 

HTMLFLSA Exemption Changes: A Possible "Plan B" For Retailers
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 26, 2015
Expectations are that the U.S. Labor Department's proposed regulations re-defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions will be released in the next few weeks, if not within days. As we have said, these provisions...

 

HTMLDo You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why employers should take certain steps. You already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer (CO) takes shots and to take notes. But do you know why to take those photos and what to...

 

HTMLCountdown to July 1st: What Employers Should Know in Preparing for California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 17, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
Beginning July 1, 2015, California employers, with limited exceptions, must grant every employee 24 hours or 3 paid sick days each year. Even for employers who are already providing paid sick leave, the new law presents potential liability for failure to comply with the specific regulations...

 

HTMLPresident Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration
Kim Kiel Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 11, 2015, previously published on November 21, 2014
Last night, President Obama announced his plan for a partial fix of what many believe is a broken U.S. immigration system. This Executive Action will offer over four million undocumented individuals relief from deportation and provide them the opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization...

 

HTMLWe Should Not Be Dealing With Measles Concerns in 2015, But We Are.
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015
Crazy as it seems, highly publicized Pandemic, Ebola and now Measles concerns are good for the U.S. Each time our short attention span is directed to the latest disease concern, we briefly recognize the seriousness of such concerns and improve national and individual capacity to respond. As a...

 

HTMLA Road Warrior’s Observations Part 2: Ergonomics and Process Engineering, Safety, Kaizen and Real Leadership.
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015
As I finally flew home last week, I sat beside Jeff Smagacz, the owner of an engineering firm, RMG. Jeff explained that RMG spends 75% of its time analyzing manufacturing and distribution processes to make them faster, more efficient, require less employees ... and to lessen employee exposure to...

 


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