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HTMLNew Regulatory Agenda Contains Surprises
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) just-released Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda and Plan Statement contains several surprises for federal labor and employment rulemaking. Although the timetables are often aspirational and not met, the announced agency goals for regulatory actions...

 

HTMLTexas Supreme Court Vindicates Employer That Uniformly Enforced its Leave Policy
Tiffany L. Cox; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2015
On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court vacated a jury verdict in favor of a former employee who had alleged workers’ compensation retaliation, rendering judgment in favor of the employer and finding that the employee had not presented evidence that his termination had resulted from...

 

HTMLNew Pinellas County Wage Theft Ordinance Goes Into Effect January 1
Edmund J. McKenna; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015
The commissioners of Pinellas County recently adopted a wage theft ordinance that will become effective on January 1, 2016. The ordinance provides that if any employer fails to pay wages of at least $60 due to an employee 14 days or more from the date the work was performed, the failure to pay will...

 

HTMLThe DOL’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda: Does it Really Shed Light on the Timing for a Final Overtime Rule?
Hera S. Arsen, Alfred B. Robinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
Approximately three months after the comment period closed on the proposal from the Obama administration and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to revise the Part 541 overtime regulations, the DOL issued its Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda that includes a statement on the timing for a final...

 

HTMLDo I or Don't I?—Alcoholism and Accommodations in the Workplace
Lara C. de Leon; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2015
Any college football fan can attest that this has been quite the year for upsets. As interesting as the on-field action has been, we have seen increasing media attention and fan commentary focused on the action off the field—especially on the activities of college football coaches and players.

 

HTMLHouse Passes Bill Enhancing Security of Visa Waiver Program in Wake of Paris Terror Attacks
Diane M. Rish, Stephen H. Smalley; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, to tighten security measures and impose new restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP permits citizens of 38 designated countries, mostly in Europe, to travel to...

 

HTMLFor California Employers, New Year Brings New Restrictions—Along With a Few Silver Linings
Christopher W. Olmsted, Keith A. Watts; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 14, 2015
In 2015, the California legislature undoubtedly took aim at employers with piecemeal legislation covering everything from cheerleaders (who are now employees by statute) to gender-based pay differentials—the latter with what is now the nation’s most aggressive “equal pay”...

 

HTMLBOLI Issues Guidance on New Oregon Statewide Sick Leave Law
James M. Barrett; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2015
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has issued additional guidance on complying with the new Oregon statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, Senate Bill 454, OL 2015, Ch. 537, which takes effect on January 1, 2016.

 

HTMLWashington Snapshot: Leadership Contests and a Push to Break Legislative Limbo in the Nation’s Capital
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015
For many in the country, the term "Washington leadership" is an oxymoron, and calling someone a "Washington insider" may be an epithet rather than a compliment. The truth remains, however, that developments in Washington, D.C., especially at the federal regulatory agencies,...

 

HTMLThe Minimum Wage Battle Is Heating Up and Retail Is Fighting Back
Diane M. Saunders; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015
Over the past two years, we have seen minimum wage hikes in states and cities (such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Emeryville) across the country as labor groups push for a universal $15 per hour minimum wage. With the presidential elections coming, organized labor is reinvigorating...

 


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