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HTMLIllinois Employers Must Offer Retirement Savings Program
Joel W. Rice; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
Illinois has become the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring businesses to offer their employees a retirement savings plan. Signed into law recently by Gov. Pat Quinn, the new law, entitled “Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program,” is intended to encourage more retirement...

 

HTML"You Can't Fire Me For That - I Was Off Duty!"
Jeffrey A. Dretler; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
Employers learned long ago that it’s wise to establish written policies which set forth the standards of conduct expected of their employees. These employers also know that the policies may not simply sit on a shelf (or on an intranet), but must be monitored and enforced in order to remain...

 

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...

 

HTMLAging Clinicians: Opportunities And Challenges For Healthcare Employers
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on November 3, 2014
The aging of the U.S. workforce poses some unique challenges for employers in the healthcare industry. Older clinicians often possess experience and institutional knowledge that is highly valued and difficult to replace, and many such providers deliver excellent care into their late 60s and beyond....

 

HTMLNew Year Brings New Liability When Using Outsourced Labor
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
Beginning January 1st, California law requires “client employers” to share certain compliance responsibility and liability with the companies that provide them with contract labor, such as staffing agencies. Client employers are defined as private employers with at least 25 employees...

 

HTMLTop Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party - Without Getting Sued
Michael S. Mitchell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse, injures or kills someone on the way home....

 

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...

 

HTMLEmployer Email Can Be Used For Union-Related and Other Protected Communications NLRB Has Ruled
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) ruled today that employees have the right to use their employer’s email system on nonworking time to engage in statutorily protected communications, such as discussing wages, hours, conditions of employment and...

 

HTMLNew OSHA Reporting Requirements Now In Effect
Edwin G. Foulke, Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015
As 2015 begins, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is sharpening its emphasis on inspecting and citing employers who violate its recordkeeping standard. This takes on greater importance because of the changes and new reporting requirements that became effective on January 1,...

 

HTMLRemember, The Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increased January 1, 2015
Joseph W. Ambash; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
On January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. This is the first of three annual minimum wage rate hikes that Massachusetts employers will face due to legislation signed into law last June.

 


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