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HTMLIt's Official: $10.10 Minimum Wage For Government Contractors
Thomas P. Rebel; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) published final regulations implementing President Obama’s Executive Order, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on government contracts. The new minimum wage will take effect January 1, 2015, and will be adjusted annually, as it is indexed...

 

HTMLShift Worker Rules Warrant Special Attention
Jeffrey A. Dretler; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
The long-term-care industry depends on shift workers to provide patient care 24 hours per day, seven days per week. But even experienced and sophisticated employers can find the application of state and federal labor and employment laws particularly challenging in a shift-work setting. This article...

 

HTMLThe EEOC Over-reaches Again: the Agency's Ongoing Interest in Employee Background Checks - Criminal and Otherwise
Jeff Weintraub; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
Jeff Weintraub’s article “The EEOC Over-reaches Again: the Agency’s Ongoing Interest in Employee Background Checks - Criminal and Otherwise” was featured in the November issue of HR Professional Magazine.

 

HTMLDon't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Alaska passed a similar law the same day). As of July 1, 2015, it will no longer be illegal for adults over the age of 21 in Oregon to possess one ounce...

 

HTMLSurvive The Season With Our Open Enrollment Checklist
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
It’s that time of year again, when fall weather brings with it a host of legal obligations for plan sponsors running open enrollment. Here’s what you need to know to survive the season.

 

HTMLYour Guide to Changing Paid Sick Leave Laws
Peter J. Gillespie; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
Peter Gillespie was quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek on November 6, 2014. The article “Your Guide to Changing Paid Sick Leave Laws” discussed the importance of employers revisiting their company sick leave policies with cold and flu season beginning. Especially in places where laws have...

 

HTMLEbola Preparedness
Matthew R. Korn, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been exposed to Ebola Virus Disease? Recognizing that the healthcare setting...

 

HTMLEarned Sick Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. Effective July 1, 2015, employers with more than 10 employees will be required to allow all employees who work in Massachusetts to accrue and use up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per...

 

HTMLVoters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes In San Francisco And Oakland
Juan C. Araneda; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
On Tuesday, San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted to raise the City’s minimum wage to $15.00 over the next few years. The San Francisco current minimum wage of $10.74 is already higher than both the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and California’s minimum wage of $9.00. Under the new law,...

 

HTMLDon't Fall Into The Gap: Wage/Hour Lawsuit Highlights Risks For Employers
Raymond C. Haley, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
In August, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit affirmed dismissal of five purported class or collective actions brought against a number of healthcare systems and their affiliates. Although favorable for the employers, this decision illustrates that plaintiffs’ lawyers...

 


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