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HTMLNew Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law: FAQs for Employers
Alexa E. Miller; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on February 3, 2015
The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, better known as “Ban the Box,” will go into effect in less than a month, making this a great time for employers to review their employment applications and hiring procedures to ensure that they will be in compliance with the new law. The...

 

HTMLJudge Vacates Parts of USDOL Home-Care Regulation
Ted Boehm, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
A federal judge has scuttled key aspects of the U.S. Department of Labor's rule that would have extended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements to many home care workers starting January 1, 2015. Although USDOL will likely appeal the court's rulings, for now...

 

HTMLInteresting Comments From U.S. Labor Solicitor Smith
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith spoke at a December continuing-legal-education conference in Atlanta. Her remarks in a couple of areas were especially interesting.

 

HTML"Predictable Scheduling": An Undiscovered FLSA "Right"?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2014
U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil reportedly has said that the Division is "looking very actively at" the question of whether workers should be legally entitled to "predictable scheduling". In recounting Mr. Weil's statements in a recent interview, Daily Labor...

 

HTMLTraditional Contract Rules Determine Whether Retirees Are Entitled to Lifetime Healthcare Benefits
Jason Brown; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015
Today, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts must apply ordinary rules of contract interpretation when determining whether retiree healthcare benefits vest for life pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. Writing for the Court, Justice Thomas wrote a...

 

HTMLMonitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?
Michael V. Abcarian; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 6, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring of offsite conduct, especially when employees are off-duty.

 

HTMLYour Most Important Employment Documents
D. Albert Brannen; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 6, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
Employment litigation can be expensive and time consuming. Success or failure in defending your company can turn on either the law or the facts. You can’t do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to...

 

HTMLFighting The Flu - Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands!
Charles S. Caulkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
You can’t open the newspaper, turn on the television, or visit a website without seeing some alarming statistic about the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is already “widespread” in 29 states with an additional 14 states reporting...

 

HTMLDrug Testing In Your Non-U.S. Operations
Danielle S. Urban; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
`Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing. With some exceptions, they are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. But the U.S. attitude toward drug testing does not necessarily translate to other countries, where there...

 

HTMLWhistleblower Protection Extends To Federal Workers Who Violate Agency Regulations
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
Today the U.S. Supreme Court held that an agent of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who disclosed information that was prohibited by TSA regulations, was nonetheless protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Court’s reasoning centered around the fact that...

 


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