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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...

 

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”...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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.

 

HTMLRespirable Coal Dust Samples Prove New Dust Rule Is Achievable, Mine Safety Agency Announces
Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that 99 percent of the coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance with its coal mine dust standards requiring lower levels of dust. It said that this proves the “significantly positive...

 

HTMLIllinois Law Mandates Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave
Jody Kahn Mason, Kathryn Montgomery Moran; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 11, 2016
Illinois employers with at least 50 employees must provide employees who suffered the loss of a child with up to two weeks (10 work days) of unpaid leave under the new Child Bereavement Leave Act. The new law took effect immediately upon Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature on July 29, 2016.

 

HTMLWisconsin Court Finds Anti-Poaching Agreements to be Unenforceable
Clifford R. Atlas, Sharon Mollman Elliott; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 19, 2016
Analyzing an anti-poaching agreement as a non-compete agreement, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals has confirmed that a former employee’s agreement not to solicit other employees may be void and unenforceable if it is too broad. The Manitowoc Company v. Lanning, No. 2015AP1530 (Wis. Ct. App. Aug....

 

HTMLOSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

 

HTMLSEC Fines Company $265,000 for Severance Agreements that Potentially Chilled Whistleblowers
Richard J. Cino, David R. Jimenez, Joseph C. Toris; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2016, previously published on August 16, 2016
Company agreements with employees continue to be under fire. In the latest example, the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a cease-and-desist order against BlueLinx Holdings Inc. over the use of severance agreements the agency found improperly interfered with the rights of potential...

 


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