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HTMLIllinois Embraces "Ban The Box"
Scott Fanning; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
On July 19, 2014, Illinois joined a growing number of states prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories early in the hiring process.

 

HTMLExecutive Order Protects Federal Contractor LGBT Workers
Cheryl L. Behymer; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
Yesterday President Obama issued an Executive Order extending antidiscrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as including these categories in affirmative action requirements. Regarding the federal contractor obligations, the Secretary of Labor will...

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 2, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one of the nation’s strongest social-media privacy laws in the...

 

HTMLIndependent Contractors for Global Organizations
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks...

 

HTMLFLSA "Per Diem" Claims On The Rise
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
A recent U.S. Labor Department press release highlights a growing area of scrutiny under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act: Paying "per diem" amounts to non-exempt employees.

 

HTMLUSDOL Brief Elaborates Upon "Intern" Views
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 19, 2014
We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court's determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were "employees" for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes.

 

HTMLWho's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?
Suzanne K. Bogdan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
An administrator’s nightmare is receiving a phone call that an individual on the sex offender’s list has harmed a child within the school. To avoid this horrible situation, schools now regularly check the criminal backgrounds of employees of the institution. Many states and accrediting...

 

HTMLCourt Awards Fees and Costs against USDOL
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
A Texas federal court has ordered the U.S. Labor Department to pay more than $560,000 in attorney's fees, paralegal fees, and travel expenses growing out of litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

HTMLSeverance Agreements: The New Lightning Rod
Janet A. Hendrick; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Remember 2010? Not that long ago, yet as of that year, employers could rest pretty comfortably at night knowing that their garden-variety workplace rules would instill peace and control at the plant, store, or office, not subject them to monetary penalties, governmental oversight, and a...

 

HTMLKeep Your (Employees) Cool This Summer
Shayna H. Balch; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Last year, some parts of the country experienced the hottest summer on record. This year may well be record breaking as well, at least in some parts of the country. Keeping employees safe and cool during the next four months should be of paramount importance for all business owners and employers.

 


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