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HTMLMinnesota Minimum Wage Increases Today
Jody A. Ward-Rannow; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
In April the Minnesota legislature passed legislation establishing incremental increases to the state minimum wage over the next three years. The first increase takes effect on August 1, 2014. The new minimum wage impacts employers differently. Here are several key provisions and the impact they...

 

HTMLSettlement Highlights Need for Compliance with U.S. Export Control Rules When Sponsoring Foreign Workers
Diane M. Rish, Diane M. Rish; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently reached a $115,000 civil settlement agreement with a California-based global technology company on the basis that it violated several export control regulations by allowing non-U.S. employees to have access to...

 

HTMLDiscrimination Enforcement: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging discrimination, based on unfair documentary practices during the employment verification process, against employment-authorized...

 

HTMLAugust 2014 Visa Bulletin: Advancement of EB-3 China and EB-2 India Cut-off Dates
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either through adjustment of status or a consular immigrant visa...

 

HTMLNew Law Signed Modifying California’s Anti-Retaliation Protections
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
In the December 2013/January 2014 issue of the , we reported that California had enacted several new laws that provide California workers, who are seeking to change their personal information, engage in whistleblower activity, or exercise their workplace rights, with expanded protections against...

 

HTMLBeware of H-1B Wage Law Violations: Company to be Debarred, Ordered to Pay Over $120,000 in Penalties and Back Pay for H-1B/LCA Violations
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
A recent case before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) is a compelling reminder that violations of H-1B wage requirements can result in significant financial penalties and fines. Moreover, violations of H-1B program rules also can lead to program debarment and even criminal...

 

HTMLCourt Endorses PTO Use for Exempt Employee Partial-Day Absences
Christopher W. Olmsted; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
Employers often confuse the strict rules limiting the docking of exempt employees’ salary with different rules relating to partial-day deductions under vacation or “paid time off” (PTO) policies. A California appellate court has reaffirmed and clarified the vacation rule in Rhea...

 

HTMLCalifornia Family Rights Act Interference Claims Proceed
Hera S. Arsen; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
Moore v. Century Gaming Management, Inc., No. B249978 (June 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently ruled in an employee’s favor in a suit in which she claimed that her employer interfered with her rights under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). According to the court,...

 

HTMLA Bird’s-Eye View of the DFEH: An Interview with Patti Perez
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
From defining accommodation provisions for assistive animals to calculating pregnancy disability leave, the matters addressed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) regulations are extensive. In this interview, we chat with Patti Perez, Esq., SPHR, president and CEO...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Allows Deputies to Proceed with Sex Discrimination Suit
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
Anderson v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 11-16746 (July 2, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD) may have violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by barring male sheriff deputies from...

 


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