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|OSHA Relaxes Pleading Standards in Whistleblower Cases, More Complaints Expected|
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016Employers face the possibility of an increase in whistleblower complaints under new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that relaxes the standard for investigators tasked with determining if a violation of a whistleblower statute exists. OSHA provides whistleblower...
|How Wisconsin’s Reversal of Decades-Old Ban on Switchblades and Knives Applies to Employers|
Mark P. Tilkens; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 22, 2016A new Wisconsin law has repealed the state’s prohibition (which has existed for more than 50 years) on manufacturing, selling, transporting, purchasing, or possessing a switchblade and which subjected violators to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.
|Massachusetts Moves Closer to Toughening Pay Equity Requirements|
Matthew J. Camardella, Samia M. Kirmani, Brian E. Lewis, Keerthi Sugumaran; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 21, 2016, previously published on February 12, 2016The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill to amend the state’s Equal Pay Act that would impose more rigorous equal pay obligations on employers by prohibiting certain conduct. The House is considering the bill.
|ERISA Preempts Vermont Health Plan Reporting Law, Supreme Court Holds (Self-Funded Plans Take Note)|
Ashley Bryan Abel, Joseph J. Lazzarotti; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 18, 2016, previously published on March 3, 2016Many employers would agree that reporting is a core function of employee benefit plan administration. On top of the numerous reporting requirements for group health plans imposed by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies, states laws, including Vermont’s, add a layer of state...
|OSHA, FCC Closing in on Best Safety Practices for Communications Tower Workers|
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016Training and education were highlighted as key concerns of participants at a February 11 workshop called by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission to discuss proposed guidance for best safety practices for mobile phone and broadcast tower workers...
|Required Paid Sick Leave Will Weigh Heavily on Government Contractors under Labor Department Proposal|
Francis P. Alvarez, Laura A. Mitchell, Patricia Anderson Pryor, Mickey Silberman, Leslie A. Stout-Tabackman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016Government contractors may have reason to feel uneasy at what awaits them from the Administration’s latest effort to mandate worker benefits. U.S. Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides a glimpse into how the Department of Labor intends paid sick leave...
|New California Regulations on Workplace Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination Policies Effective April 1|
Jamerson C. Allen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016New California regulations declaring that “[e]mployers have an affirmative duty to create a workplace environment that is free from employment practices prohibited by” the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and that “[e]mployers have an affirmative duty to take reasonable...
|Federal Safety Agencies Issue Hazard Alert on Manual Tank Gauging in Oil and Gas Industries|
Erik M. Dullea; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016Two government health and safety agencies have joined forces to produce a new hazard alert on the danger facing oil and gas industry workers who manually gauge or sample fluids on production and flowback tanks.
|Santa Monica, California, Joins Patchwork of Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws|
Cynthia L. Filla, Susan E. Groff; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016California’s City of Santa Monica’s City Council has adopted an ordinance that enacts minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements for covered employees as well as new regulations pertaining to service charges and surcharges. Ordinance Number 2509 became effective on February 25, 2016,...
|Philadelphia’s Amended Ban-the-Box Law Effective March 14|
Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Timothy M. McCarthy, Stephanie J. Peet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 14, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016Amendments to Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” legislation, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards, will go into effect on March 14, 2016. The amendments expand the reach of existing law to more businesses. They also restrict the look-back period for background checks and...