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HTMLThe Trend Toward Payroll Cards
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
Last 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...

 

HTMLFour Steps To Effective Performance Management
D. Albert Brannen; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on D. Albert Brannen
Getting 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,...

 

HTMLIs An Unlimited Vacation Policy Right For Your Workplace?
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on July 1, 2015
According 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...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015
On 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...

 

HTMLWill Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?
Claud L. (Tex) McIver; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Wondering 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.

 

HTMLSCOTUS Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide
Lori Armstrong Halber, Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015
As 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...

 

HTMLHousing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court
Alyssa Engelberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015
Today, 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...

 

HTMLThe Supreme Court Preserves Key Insurance Subsidy Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act
Lorie Maring; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015
Today, 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...

 

HTMLOregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview
Laura P. Jordan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
On 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...

 

HTMLJuly 1 Deadline Approaching On New VAWA Regulations
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 15, 2015
Regulations interpreting the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) become effective for higher education institutions on July 1, 2015. Generally speaking, these regulations contain new reporting, policy, and training requirements for colleges and universities. Here is a brief...

 


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