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HTMLProper Processes Can Insulate Employer From Tortious Act of Employees
Larry D. Smith; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014
Employers occasionally become dejected over the prospects of defending against tort and other civil claims in state courts. However, a recent case out of Houston reaffirms that employers can and do win these kinds of cases when they have implemented the appropriate policies.

 

HTMLNew York Legislature Repeals Annual Wage Theft Prevention Act Requirement
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
During the flurry of activity in Albany prior to lawmakers’ summer hiatus, the New York State legislature approved a bill that will eliminate the onerous requirement of providing annual wage notices to all employees. As New York employers are aware, the existing New York Wage Theft Prevention...

 

HTMLThe New Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 12, 2014
Who said bipartisanship is dead in Washington? It just requires the right legislation! Finally, a long-awaited jobs promotion bill was approved that aims to help train and prepare workers with the twenty-first century skills necessary for employment.

 

HTMLWhat Happens When The Limitations Provision in the Plan As Applied Creates An Impossible Accrual Date?
Violet H. Borowski, Mark E. Schmidtke; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published by          on June 29, 2014
Approximately six months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., 134 S. Ct. 604 (2013), addressed whether an employee benefit plan covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may include a particular limitations...

 

HTMLSupreme Court to Decide Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
When the White House goes from a Democratic president to a Republican president, or vice versa, there are often changes in various federal agencies’ directives to reflect the priorities of the current administration. These changes are often implemented by a federal agency using its power to...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Rejects Labor’s Mandatory Dues Collection Initiative in Favor of Workers’ First Amendment Rights
Hera S. Arsen; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits a public-employee union from collecting an agency fee from home-care workers who do not want to join or support the union. According to the majority opinion, which Justice Alito...

 

HTMLIf You Can’t Stand the Heat . . .You’re Not Alone: OSHA Kicks Off its Annual Heat Illness Campaign
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
On May 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it was bringing back its heat illness prevention campaign for the fourth straight year. The campaign primarily targets industries with workers exposed to the heat, such as agriculture, construction, landscape...

 

HTMLRochester, New York Adopts “Ban the Box” Criminal Background Check Law
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 8, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
Effective November 18, 2014, the City of Rochester, New York will join various states and municipalities around the country—including Buffalo, New York—that prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s prior criminal conviction on initial employment applications....

 

HTMLIRS Begins Section 409A Compliance Initiative
Vicki M. Nielsen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is getting ready to ramp up enforcement of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal agency recently announced the launch of a new project to assess the level of taxpayer compliance with Section 409A-the provision that regulates nonqualified deferred...

 

HTMLHouse Subcommittee Critiques Aggressive Agenda at National Labor Relations Board
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions conducted an oversight hearing titled, “What Should Workers and Employers Expect Next From the National Labor Relations Board?” The witnesses represented labor and management perspectives.

 


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