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HTMLSTEM OPT 7-Month Extension Application Deadline Coming Up on Monday, August 8
Maria Fernanda Gandarez, Caroline Tang; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016
On March 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). This rule permits employers to retain, for a longer period, the talents...

 

HTMLSan Diego City Council Amends Local Sick Pay Law
Christopher W. Olmsted; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016
On July 26, the San Diego City Council ratified a minimum wage and sick pay ordinance approved by voters on June 7. Effective as of July 11, the ordinance imposes a citywide minimum wage rate and also obligates businesses to provide sick pay benefits to employees. As amended, the ordinance will...

 

HTMLFAQs on the Final Overtime Regulations
Tracy A. Miller; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 24, 2016
On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released the new final overtime rule. The new minimum salary level for the executive, administrative, and professional employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be $913 per week, or $47,476 per...

 

HTMLOSHA Settlement May Point Direction on Injury Reporting Policies
John F. Martin, William Rutchow; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 22, 2016
Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signaled an intention to take employers to task for maintaining policies that required employees to immediately report workplace injuries and accidents or face discipline. OSHA considers such policies to be retaliatory and...

 

HTMLPoor Policy Publication Revives Sexual Harassment Suit in the Fifth Circuit
Tiffany L. Cox, James Paul Rinnan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016
Maintaining a company anti-harassment policy on a bulletin board and website is not enough to avoid liability for sexual discrimination according to a recent decision. On July 20, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a school board’s clerical...

 

HTMLCalifornia Public Works Contractors Will Be Required to Submit Payroll Records Electronically Starting August 1
Robert R. Roginson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 21, 2016
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced this week that the requirement for public works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) electronically using the DIR’s electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system will resume on August...

 

HTMLImmigration Penalties Adjusted for Inflation, Increases to Take Effect August 1
John A. Hill; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 21, 2016
On June 30 and July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each published separate interim final rules in the Federal Register to increase immigration-related penalties as an adjustment for inflation. The...

 

HTMLIs Proposed Legislation Likely To Slow Implementation of The New Overtime Regulations? Probably Not
Maria Greco Danaher; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of its final rule updating its existing overtime regulations. The updated regulations are scheduled to become effective on December 1 of this year and are predicted to extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million...

 

HTMLEEOC Announces New Process for 2016 EEO-1 Data File Uploads
Kiosha Hammond Dickey; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016
The 2016 EEO-1 filing period is fast approaching. Once the 2016 Survey opens, companies will have until September 30, 2016 to complete their annual filing requirements. On July 25, 2016, the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee (JRC) notified companies that all reporting for the EEO-1 reports will now...

 

HTMLNew Orleans Adopts Legislation Prohibiting City Contractors From Conducting Employment-Related Credit Checks
Andrew P. Burnside, Katherine E. Pizzini; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 26, 2016
The New Orleans City Council recently approved legislation making it unlawful for city contractors to seek or use the consumer credit history of a current or prospective employee for any decision regarding the hiring or compensation of an employee or the terms, conditions, or privileges of his or...

 


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