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HTMLBest Practices in Employee Engagement: Interview of TIAA-CREF’s Head of Organizational Effectiveness
Jathan Janove; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 21, 2014
TIAA-CREF, a financial services company with over $500 billion in assets under management, has made employee engagement a priority. Its Head of Organizational Effectiveness, Josh Greenwald, agreed to share what his company does to create engaged workplace relationships.

 

HTMLPreserving Some “Bite”: The Fourth Circuit Approves Summary Judgment for Employer in a SOX Retaliation Case
Christopher V. Anderson, Margaret Hutchins Campbell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 28, 2014
As we have discussed in earlier posts, the recent trend in court decisions under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) has been to lighten the burden on complainants and to expand the universe of cases that proceed to decisions on the merits. Consequently, the direction has been away from victories for...

 

HTMLEmployers Defending Against SOX Whistleblower Actions Should Prepare for a Long Ride
Margaret Hutchins Campbell, Jesse C. Ferrantella; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
Employers defending against Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower retaliation claims should be prepared for a long and potentially onerous litigation process, even if the claims lack merit. A recent district court decision vividly illustrates this point.

 

HTMLOSHA and the NLRB Offer Safety Whistleblower Plaintiffs a Second Bite of the Apple by Resurrecting Untimely Whistleblower Claims
Melissa A. Bailey, John S. Bolesta, Eric C. Stuart; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 28, 2014
In our last Workplace Safety & Health blog post, we discussed proactive steps employers can take should the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrive with a union representative or community activist to inspect a nonunion worksite. On May 21, OSHA increased its emphasis on ...

 

HTMLA Snake in the Grass No More? DOL Proposes New COBRA Forms
Timothy G. Verrall; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014
As part of its continuing efforts to update the sleepier corners of the employee benefits world to conform to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed new regulations of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) that...

 

HTMLMiners Can Prevent Fatal Accidents
Michael T. Heenan, Gwendolyn K. Nightengale; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
With a momentary lapse of attention, any of us can cause a grave accident--at home, in a vehicle, on vacation, or at work. Miners must be ever vigilant for their own safety and the safety of others. The mining industry can reduce fatalities and injuries by encouraging employees to identify,...

 

HTMLThe Women’s Economic Security Act: What Employers Need to Know
Jody A. Ward-Rannow; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which amends a number of Minnesota laws concerning pregnancy, nursing, parenting leave, and familial status. These laws will significantly impact employers and will...

 

HTMLUSCIS Completes Data Entry for All FY 2015 H-1B Cap Petitions
Nicole Brooks, Whitney Larson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014
On May 2, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that data entry for all FY 2015 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. The agency will now begin to reject and return all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the random selection (“lottery”)...

 

HTMLHow to Be Prepared if a Non-Employee Union Agent Shows Up with OSHA at an Inspection
Melissa A. Bailey, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014
As we discussed in a previous post, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interpretation letter last year stating that non-employee union organizers or community activists could “represent” employees at non-union workplaces during OSHA inspections....

 

HTMLWill the Star Quarterback Be Sacked by the Taxman?
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014
On March 26, 2014, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided scholarship football players at Northwestern University are employees because they “perform services for the benefit of the employer for which they receive compensation.” A main factor in the...

 


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