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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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

HTMLDOL’s Proposed Rule Redefines FMLA’s Definition of “Spouse” to Recognize “Place of Celebration”
Nonnie L. Shivers; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 23, 2014
On June 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a press release announcing a proposed rule extending the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of where they live. The DOL is proposing this rule in light of...

 

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.

 

HTMLMassachusetts Increases Minimum Wage
David P. Mason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
On June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation that will significantly increase the state’s minimum wage for hourly and tipped workers over the next three years. The current Massachusetts minimum wage of $8.00 per hour will increase to $11.00 per hour by...

 

HTMLEmployers Are Not Required to Provide Transit Fringe Benefits—Except in California
Vicki M. Nielsen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
Since the Golden State sometimes can be a bellwether for national trends, employers nationwide may want to keep an eye on what’s occurring in California regarding commuter benefits. Certain employers in the San Francisco Bay Area have less than six months to comply with a new law that...

 

HTMLDon’t Wait Until Trial Is Over to Raise Objection As to Court’s Jurisdiction, Says California Court
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Kim v. Konad USA Distribution, No. G048443 (June 12, 2014): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that an employer that waited until a trial ended to raise an objection about exhausting administrative remedies had waived its right to make the objection. The court held that the...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Clarifies ESOP Fiduciaries’ Obligations
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a fiduciary of an “employee stock ownership plan” (ESOP) is subject to the same duty of prudence that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires of fiduciaries in general. Justice Breyer, delivering...

 


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