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HTMLMarch Madness: Could Friendly Wagers Among Employees Put Your Organization At Risk?
Salvador P. Simao; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
Executive Summary: The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will wager $9 billion on the NCAA tournament, more than double the estimated $3.9 billion bet on the Super Bowl, bringing March Madness to a whole new level. Of that amount, only about $2 billion will be bet legally. See...

 

HTMLThe Tip Credit: Won't Be What It Is Now for New York Employers
Danielle J. Moss, Eric Su; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
Executive Summary: On February 24, 2015, the Commissioner of Labor accepted the recommendation of the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board (the "Wage Board") for a 50 percent increase in the minimum hourly rate for tipped workers, from $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. As...

 

HTMLNew DHS Rule Extends Eligibility for Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers Starting May 26, 2015
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata, Mary E. Pivec, Charles A. Roach; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015
Executive Summary: In a historic move, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") will allow, for the first time, H-4 spouses of H-1B workers who are pursuing permanent residence ("green cards") to apply for work authorization. DHS recognizes that the...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Upholds DOL's Rulemaking Procedure in Reclassifying Mortgage Loan Officers
David A. Prather, Salvador P. Simao; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015
Executive Summary: On March 9, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal agency is not required to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking when it issues an interpretation of a regulation that is significantly different from its prior interpretation. In Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers...

 

HTMLOFCCP's Final Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors Takes Effect April 8, 2015
Linda Cavanna-Wilk, Karen M. Tyner; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
Executive Summary: The OFCCP's final rule implementing President Obama's Executive Order (EO 13672) prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity takes effect April 8, 2015. In light of the upcoming compliance date, contractors covered by...

 

HTMLUpcoming New Rules for New Category of PEO
Jeffrey S. Ashendorf; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 ("TIPA") was signed into law by President Obama in December of last year. One of the changes made by the Act (Section 206) was a change in the Internal Revenue Code to create - and to give the IRS the authority to recognize - a new category of...

 

HTMLNew Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law Takes Effect March 1, 2015
David S. Kim, Salvador P. Simao; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
Executive Summary: The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (the "Act"), known as the "Ban the Box" law, will go into effect on March 1, 2015. The Act prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal background during the initial employment application process....

 

HTMLBoon to New Jersey Employers: State Supreme Court Confirms that Federal Faragher/Ellerth "Affirmative Defense" Now Applies to Sexual Harassment Claims Under State Law
Mark A. Salomon; Ford Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015
Executive Summary: On February 11, 2015, New Jersey's Supreme Court formally decided an important issue left open for nearly two decades concerning New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination (LAD). In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, &under;&under; N.J. &under;&under;, No. 072467 (2015), the state's...

 

HTMLPhiladelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
David S. Kim, Salvador P. Simao; Ford Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on February 18, 2015
Executive Summary: On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed, and Mayor Michael A. Nutter promptly signed into law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance ("Ordinance"). With this Ordinance, Philadelphia becomes the latest in a long list of...

 

HTMLMarky Mark and the Convicted Bunch
David S. Kim; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
Just last week, Mark Wahlberg filed a formal petition with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeking a pardon for his 1988 criminal convictions for assault and battery by a dangerous weapon and possession of marijuana, amongst others. These crimes occurred well before Wahlberg became the public...

 


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