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HTMLNew York Makes Some Workplace Assaults a Felony
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2016, previously published on August 30, 2016
New York has beefed up protections for certain private and public sector employees, designating assaults against them as Class D felonies, rather than just Class A misdemeanors.

 

HTMLOSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016
In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot.” Under the new process, OSHA may...

 

HTMLStudent Assistants Win Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities
Michael R. Bertoncini, Thomas Dorer, Philip B. Rosen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 26, 2016
Reversing longstanding precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor Relations] Act.” Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016).

 

HTMLDOL and FAR Council Publish Final ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Rules for Government Contractors
Laura A. Mitchell, Mickey Silberman, Leslie A. Stout-Tabackman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council have published the highly-anticipated final guidance and regulations implementing President Barack Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the...

 

HTMLGeorgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities.

 

HTMLNew Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Mandates Greater Flexibility on Use of Leave Benefits
Jody Kahn Mason, Kathryn Montgomery Moran; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 26, 2016
The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) requires Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to the illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, sibling,...

 

HTMLIllinois Freedom to Work Act: One State’s Reaction to Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements
Peter R. Bulmer; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 6, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016
In an effort to address possible overuse of non-compete agreements by certain employers, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. The Act prohibits private sector employers from entering into non-compete restrictions with “low-wage employees”...

 

HTMLHolding Class Waivers Violate the NLRA, Ninth Circuit Joins Circuit Split
David E. Block, Richard I. Greenberg, Samia M. Kirmani, Sherry L. Swieca; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 23, 2016
Requiring class and collective action waivers as a condition of hire or continued employment violates the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, has ruled. Morris v. Ernst & Young, No. 13-16599 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2016).

 

HTMLMassachusetts Enacts Transgender Restroom Law
Samia M. Kirmani, Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 19, 2016
Massachusetts has taken another step in protecting those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Effective October 1, 2016, individuals will have the legal right to use restrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity, regardless of their...

 

HTMLSeattle Mayor’s Office Proposes Predictable Scheduling Law
Michael A. Griffin, Jonathan M. Minear, David A. Nenni, Bryan P. O'Connor; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016
The Seattle Mayor’s Office has proposed a Secure Scheduling Proposal that would require certain large employers operating within Seattle city limits to give their hourly workers advance notice of their schedules and to pay workers extra for being required to work on call.

 


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