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HTMLConstruction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014
Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was tossed out by a federal judge. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. v....

 

HTMLHuman Resource Considerations in China
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
When people think about the reasons they have left an organization or have not accepted an offer with a company, one of the key common factors is perhaps something one might not expect: development, or rather, the lack thereof. Compensation, while certainly important, is often not the deciding...

 

HTMLCampus "Unpaid Intern" Opposition Growing
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014
We have already reported that a group calling itself the "Fair Pay Campaign" aims to pressure colleges and universities not to facilitate unpaid internships or even post notices about them. This initiative appears to be gaining momentum.

 

HTMLSupreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) payroll taxes. The Court’s decision resolves a split of...

 

HTMLSupreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes
Steven A. Witt; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) payroll taxes. The Court’s decision resolves a split of...

 

HTMLPresident Seeks To Curtail FLSA "White Collar" Exemptions
Edward N. Boehm, John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014
President Obama has instructed the U.S. Labor Department to revise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions in a "Presidential Memorandum" released on March 13. This effort is intended (as the New York Times put it apparently in light of a White...

 

HTMLSchool-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014
We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes situations in which the intern receives academic credit for the time so...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014
Yesterday, in a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision greatly expanding the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to cover employees of private entities contracting with publicly traded companies.

 

HTMLSupreme Court: Arbitrators, Not Courts, Decide Whether A Suit May Proceed To Arbitration
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014
On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an arbitration panel’s award and broadened arbitrators’ authority to determine preliminary issues in arbitration agreements. Although the case concerned a treaty dispute between a corporation and a sovereign nation, the Court’s...

 

HTMLDistracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just...

 


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