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HTMLCity of St. Louis Raises Minimum Wage, Imposes Notice Requirement
Carrie L. Kinsella, Jessica L. Liss; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 14, 2015
Effective October 15, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in St. Louis will increase to $8.25 per hour from the state minimum of $7.65 per hour pursuant to St. Louis City Ordinance 70078, which was passed on August 28, 2015.

 

HTMLCalifornia Meal Period Waivers Continue for Health Care Workers under New Law
Bradley W. Kampas; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 12, 2015
Responding to a California Court of Appeal decision disallowing a wage order provision permitting a waiver of certain meal periods for employees in the health care industry as conflicting with state statute, California has enacted legislation confirming that health care employee meal period waiver...

 

HTMLClass Actions in the Balance: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in ‘Pick-Off’ Case
Jeffrey W. Brecher; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 15, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No. 14-857, a case that could significantly affect the viability of class action litigation, particularly wage and hour class actions, though the case pending before the Court arises under the Telephone Consumer...

 

HTMLComplex OSHA Inspections to Get More Attention under New ‘Enforcement Weighting System’
Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
The number of process safety management compliance inspections at oil refineries and chemical plants, as well as inspections involving workplace violence and ergonomics, are likely to increase under a new inspection strategy launched October 1 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 

HTMLLawmakers Pledge Action to Curb Agency Guidance Documents
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 7, 2015
Under an exception to the rulemaking process, federal agencies may use legally nonbinding guidance documents to interpret regulations. This has led some U.S. senators not only to issue a broad pledge to restrict the practice when such guidance becomes a rule enforceable against a regulated...

 

HTMLNorth Carolina Wrongful Discharge Claims May Not be based on Federal Public Policy or Constitution, Federal Court Rules
Jason V. Federmack, Ann H. Smith; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 15, 2015
A wrongful discharge claim under North Carolina law may not be based on federal public policy, including policy expressed in the federal Constitution, a federal district court has ruled. Santifort v. Guy, 4:14-cv-00225-F, DE # 34 (E.D. N.C. Sept. 8, 2015).

 

HTMLChange in Georgia’s First Offender Act Facilitating Employment to be Applied Retroactively
Emily S. Borna, Todd Van Dyke; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
Legislation overhauling Georgia’s probation system also affects Georgia’s First Offender Act (“GFOA”) (O.C.G.A. § 42-8-60 et seq.), which protects certain criminal defendants from being disqualified from consideration for employment based on their criminal record.

 

HTMLSurface Transportation Board Backs Railroad’s Denial of Service during Labor Dispute
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has denied a petition by a Texas metal producer that, if approved, would have forced the Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) to restore rail service at the producer’s plant in the midst of an employee lockout. The STB is an economic and adjudicatory body...

 

HTMLGeorgia Garnishment Ruling Modified by Judge, No Longer Applies to Wages
Justin R. Barnes, Erin Krinsky, Todd Van Dyke; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015
Revising his September 8 decision that Georgia’s garnishment statute is unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob has issued an order stating that his ruling does not apply to wage garnishment cases filed against a judgment debtor’s employer. Strickland v. Alexander, No....

 

HTMLD.C. Council Considering 16-Week Employee Paid Leave Bill
Nicole M. Monachino; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2015, previously published on October 12, 2015
The Council of the District of Columbia is considering legislation that would give all D.C. residents and those employed in the District up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave every 24 months for certain qualifying life events, including bonding with a new child, recuperating from a...

 


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