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HTMLMisclassification Initiatives Spread As Florida Signs Formal Pact with DOL
William J. Cantrell, Margaret Santen Hanrahan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and the Florida Department of Revenue’s General Tax Administration (FDOR) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in which they agreed to share information on independent contractor...

 

HTMLA Commitment to Diversity in Practice Versus in Theory-Interview of Mel Jones, Skanska
Jathan Janove; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015
Mel Jones is Northwest Diversity Manager for Skanska USA, a multibillion dollar international building and development company. Before joining Skanska, Jones was a civil engineer and owned his own engineering design company. As an African American business owner, Jones experienced the...

 

HTMLMartial Arts & Legal Ethics
Jathan Janove; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
Years ago, I studied Karate. Karate is defensive. My Sensei used to say, “The best fight is the one you avoid.” Yet we were drilled endlessly on block-strike techniques. The attack comes; you block it; and then you strike your attacker. In real life, this can mean injuring or even...

 

HTMLOFCCP Posts Two New FAQs on Veteran Self-Identification and the VETS-4212 Form
Hera S. Arsen, Leigh M. Nason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 24, 2015
On October 27, 2014, a new reporting form for veterans, the VETS 4212 reporting form, replaced the VETS-100A and VETS-100 Forms. In response to inquiries about contractors’ new requirements as a result of this chance, on January 20, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)...

 

HTMLCourt Stays New FLSA Companionship Regulation From Going Into Effect
Robert R. Roginson, Carolyn E. Sieve; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015
The court in Home Care Association of America v. Weil dealt another setback to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) regulations affecting home health care businesses. On December 31, 2014, the court issued an order temporarily staying...

 

HTMLCity of Chicago Expands "Ban the Box" Law to Smaller Employers and City Agencies
Colleen G. DeRosa; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Chicago expanded the coverage of Illinois’s “ban the box” law within city limits. The amended Human Rights Ordinance, Section 2-160-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, effectively makes Illinois’s Job Opportunities for Qualified...

 

HTMLVirgin Islands Supreme Court Addresses Wrongful Discharge Act and Other Statutory Causes of Action
Simone R. D. Francis; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands held that the Wrongful Discharge Act (WDA) provides a remedy not only when an individual is discharged or resigns under circumstances that are alleged to constitute a constructive discharge, but also when the individual is demoted...

 

HTMLTen New Year's Resolutions Retail Employers Should Consider Making in 2015
Diane M. Saunders; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015
Now that the busy 2014 holiday shopping season is over and the new year has begun, it’s a good time for retail employers to take a breath and think about 2015—what’s coming, what issues they should be watching, and what should be on their “to do” lists for the new...

 

HTMLIndependent Contractor . . . or Not? DOL and Wisconsin DWD Team Up to Reduce Employee Misclassification
Keith E. Kopplin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015
On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that Wisconsin had become the latest state to join the “Misclassification Initiative,” which is designed to protect the rights of employees “by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Delineates Federal Whistleblower Protections in TSA Disclosure Case
Hera S. Arsen; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided whether a federal air marshal, who publicly disclosed that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had decided to cut costs by removing air marshals from certain flights, was entitled to whistleblower protection. According...

 


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