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HTMLPresident Signs Federal Contractor "Minimum Wage" Order
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014
The White House Press Office reports that President Obama has now signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts, as he announced he would do in his recent State of the Union speech. His intentions are clearer than they were, but the document is not a...

 

HTMLBasics Of Employment Law In Italy: Part II
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 17, 2014
This article is the second in a series which provides a brief overview of the some of the key elements of employment law in Italy. This article will focus on the specific laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace and potential employer liability for violations of those laws.

 

HTMLState Court Holds Employers Must Protect Trade Secrets From Independent Contractors
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014
A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision held that employers risk losing trade secrets and confidential information if they do not protect that information from independent contractors. The court held that employers who do not take active steps to protect their proprietary information from...

 

HTMLEEOC Going For More Systemic Investigations In 2014; Sound Familiar?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
An EEOC “systemic” investigation can be as miserable as a class action lawsuit for employers. As we have discussed before, the EEOC has encouraged its management and investigators to scrutinize single claimant EEOC charges for possible expansion to an burdensome corporate wide...

 

HTMLOSHA Might Just Be a Grocery Store's Biggest Employment Exposure
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 8, 2014
Most retail employers, even large companies with hundreds of branches, do not much worry about being inspected by OSHA; let alone cited. It’s not that these employers are disinterested in their employees’ safety, it’s just that they have rarely experienced and OSHA visit, and with...

 

HTMLOSHA Concerns For 2014?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 9, 2014
Allen Smith, J.D., the manager of workplace law content for SHRM. ( @SHRMlegaleditor) recently asked three attorneys, including me, to set out our wishes and cautions for OSHA in 2014, and then wrote a good (and short!) article. My responses are below, along with some comments from some...

 

HTMLIt's Back - NLRB Revives Quickie Election Rule That May Soon Be Here to Stay
Steven M. Bernstein; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board has just announced that the agency would be reissuing its proposed “quickie election” amendments to rules governing representation case procedures. The news came in the form of a press release, describing plans to publish a formal Notice of Proposed...

 

HTMLOpinion: Bad Facts Make Bad Law, Especially in Non-Compete Cases
Michael R. Greco; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 13, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014
A non-compete agreement that prohibited a former sales rep from working for a competitor in any capacity, “even as a custodian,” is overly broad and unenforceable. At least that’s what a North Carolina Court of Appeals recently concluded in a case captioned CopyPro, Inc. v....

 

HTMLWho's Checking The Person Who Checked The Boxes?
Sandra Mills Feingerts; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Most small to mid-size employers sponsoring a 401(k) plan maintain their plan on a pre-approved prototype document. If you’re not familiar with the term pre-approved prototype plan, it consists of a “check the box” document called an Adoption Agreement that is about 25 pages long...

 

HTMLIf You're Going To Light Up, Pay Up
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Employees who smoke cost U.S. companies $6,000 more per year than their tobacco-free counterparts, according to a study released this summer by Micah Berman of Ohio State University. Smokers are associated with higher rates of absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher healthcare costs. Given...

 


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