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HTMLFlorida’s New Data Breach Notification Requirements Take Effect July 1
Grant D. Petersen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
On June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA) into law. FIPA imposes stringent new security and notice requirements on businesses and employers that maintain personal information regarding individuals, employees, and customers. FIPA...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

HTMLMSHA Assistant District Manager Asserts That Competent Persons Performing Workplace Exams Are Agents of the Operator
William K. Doran; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
At a mining industry safety conference in June, an MSHA Assistant District Manager stated that the agency viewed persons that perform workplace examinations pursuant to 30 C.F.R. § 56.18002 as performing an “agent-like” function that subjects them to the same Mine Act individual...

 

HTMLFederal Court Clarifies CAFA’s Jurisdictional Amount in State PAGA Cases
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently issued a pro-employer ruling with regard to the jurisdictional minimum amount in controversy required by the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005-an issue that has not been resolved by the Ninth Circuit Court of...

 

HTMLEugene, Oregon Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Following the lead of larger cities like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon is moving ahead with plans for a mandatory sick leave ordinance. Following the presentation of a 70-page Task Force report on June 18, the Council voted to draft a formal ordinance for...

 

HTMLMSHA Initiates Enforcement Review of Elevator Safety at Cement Operations
William K. Doran; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
In the aftermath of a fatal elevator accident in February 2014 at a cement plant in Kentucky, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has initiated an unannounced elevator enforcement review at cement operations around the country. According to MSHA management, the specific focus of these...

 


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