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|Massachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations|
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General published the final regulations concerning the new Earned Sick Time (“EST”) law that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. These final regulations differ somewhat from the draft regulations submitted in April and provide clarification...
|Is An Unlimited Vacation Policy Right For Your Workplace?|
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on July 1, 2015According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, about 3% of companies in the U.S. maintain some form of unlimited vacation policy. The reasons for adopting such a policy are easy to see: they offer worklife balance and flexibility, empower employees with the responsibility of...
|Four Steps To Effective Performance Management|
D. Albert Brannen; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on D. Albert BrannenGetting the most out of employees has always challenged employers. This is particularly true in today’s highly regulated business environment with increased global competition and evolving employee attitudes. Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. Instead,...
|Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?|
Claud L. (Tex) McIver; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer.
|The Trend Toward Payroll Cards|
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015Last month, Georgia became the latest state to pass legislation governing the payment of wages via “payroll cards.” Gov. Nathan Deal signed the new law on May 5, 2015. Prior to the passing of this bill, the payment of wages via payroll cards in Georgia was neither explicitly lawful nor...
|Housing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court|
Alyssa Engelberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Today, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) encompasses claims of disparate-impact discrimination. This decision, which marks the first time that the Supreme Court addressed this issue, ensures a broad reading of the FHA and makes it easier for...
|SCOTUS Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide|
Lori Armstrong Halber, Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015As has become its custom, the Supreme Court left one of its most high-profile decisions for the end of its term, holding today by a 5-4 vote that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. As a result, state bans against same-sex marriage are no longer permissible and all...
|The Supreme Court Preserves Key Insurance Subsidy Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act|
Lorie Maring; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Today, in an anxiously awaited opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court preserved key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), maintaining insurance subsidies despite a stiff challenge from opponents. By a 6 to 3 vote, the Court ruled that health insurance subsidies are available to...
|Oregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview|
Laura P. Jordan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, requires Oregon employers to provide up to 40 hours of sick leave to employees per year...
|Colorado Employers Handed Medical Marijuana Victory|
Adam A. Brown; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 15, 2015On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that employers are still free to prohibit employee marijuana use in their workforces, and can still discipline and terminate employees who test positive for the drug, despite state law permitting its recreational and...