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HTMLNLRB Decisions on “Micro Units” Provide Guidance for Employers Concerned With Union Organizing
Eric C. Stuart; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014
In two recent decisions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reached different conclusions on whether unions can organize small groups of employees in a workplace. While the NLRB’s decisions in Macy’s, Inc. and The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. d/b/a Bergdorf Goodman, both deal with...

 

HTMLIllinois Permits Employer Use of Payroll Cards
Kwabena A. Appenteng, Norma Manjarrez; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014
On August 6, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB5622 into law, amending the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) to permit employers to pay employees using payroll cards. Up until now, the IWPCA permitted employers to pay their employees by only cash, check, or direct deposit...

 

HTMLSEC Brings First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Action
Margaret Hutchins Campbell, Jesse C. Ferrantella; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014
On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) resolved its first whistleblower retaliation enforcement action. The SEC’s order against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. is the first-ever enforcement action brought by the agency under the anti-retaliation provisions of...

 

HTMLThe Arbitration Obligations Imposed by the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D., Ron Chapman, Leigh M. Nason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
As we discussed yesterday in our blog post, “President Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period,” this week President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Under this order, federal contractors will be required to disclose labor law violations and...

 

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...

 

HTMLPresident Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period
Leigh M. Nason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Wednesday, July 30 only 10 days after prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in the Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in...

 

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...

 

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...

 


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