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HTMLGovernor of Puerto Rico Signs Bill to Expand Paid Sick Leave Use
Sara E. Colón-Acevedo; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
The New Year began with the Governor of Puerto Rico’s approval of an amendment, House Bill 695, to the Commonwealth’s paid sick leave law that expands the circumstances under which non-exempt employees can use paid sick leave. The stated intent is to improve the working conditions of...

 

HTMLOregon ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation Effective, Next is Even Tougher Portland Ordinance
Heidi Guettler; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
Oregon law restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process (i.e., before a job interview) went into effect on January 1, 2016. Beginning July 1, 2016, the City of Portland will take ban-the-box restrictions...

 

HTMLWhy Employers Need to Update Their Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies in 2016
Kathryn J. Russo; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
The beginning of a new year is a good time for employers to review their workplace policies to assess what changes are necessary. Employers that conduct drug and alcohol testing should consider updating their substance abuse testing policies now, particularly if they have not done so in several...

 

HTMLOSHA Sends Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule to OMB for Final Review
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent its comprehensive rule governing worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for final review.

 

HTMLFeds Launch Initiative to Toughen Penalties for Worker Safety Violations
Avidan Meyerstein; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
In a new enforcement effort involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the federal government is launching an initiative aimed at putting more bite into penalties for alleged worker safety violations.

 

HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Rejects California Limitation on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers
Mark S. Askanas, James A. McKenna; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2016, previously published on December 23, 2015
Despite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions strongly upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, opposition to class action waivers on both the political and legal fronts persists, especially in California. As interpreted by California courts, the state’s...

 

HTMLHospitals, Medical Providers Come under Scrutiny for Potentially Discriminatory Ads
Lucrecia M. Davis, Minnie Fu, Raazia K. Hall, Michael H. Neifach, Amy L. Peck; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2016, previously published on January 5, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has been notifying hospitals and medical providers by letter that their advertisements placed through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies...

 

HTMLJudge Strikes Down Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act
Sheri L. Giger, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 23, 2015
The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County has invalidated the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), the ordinance requiring all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city limits to provide paid sick leave to all full- and part-time employees.

 

HTMLState Minimum Wage Increases Effective 2016
Jeffrey W. Brecher, Richard I. Greenberg, Noel P. Tripp, Jason A. Zoldessy; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2016, previously published on December 23, 2015
State and local legislatures continue to be busy with minimum wage legislation. As in past years, employers with multi-state operations must remain abreast of these changes. Many state laws provide for annual increases based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index and inflation. Except as noted below,...

 

HTMLNew York City Council Adds Caregiver Status to List of Protected Classifications
Ellen M. Bandel, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2016, previously published on December 17, 2015
Following other recent pro-employee legislation enacted in New York City, the New York City Council on December 16, 2015, passed a bill banning employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. (See our articles, New York City Issues Enforcement...

 


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