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HTMLThe Obama Administration’s Proposed “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties Present Challenges for Federal Contractors
Dara L. DeHaven, W. Gregory Mott, Alfred B. Robinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015
President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 mandates that federal contracting agencies collect information concerning a potential prime contractor’s 3-year violation history with respect to 14 federal labor, employment, wage payment, and safety laws...

 

HTMLNLRB Moves to Assert Jurisdiction Over Religious Educational Institutions
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan, James C. Pennington; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2015, previously published on June 29, 2015
Before December of 2014, religious colleges and universities could generally assume that under the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “substantial religious character” test, the NLRB would decline to assert jurisdiction over them because of their religious missions. The...

 

HTMLRhode Island Raises Minimum Wage Again: Now $9.60 per Hour
Andrew E. Silvia, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
On June 22, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law another increase to the state’s minimum wage. This marks the fourth straight year that Rhode Island has raised its minimum wage. Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage will be $9.60 per hour.

 

HTMLOregon Legislature Mandates Sick Leave for All Employees
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
White Paper
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015
On June 12, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state in the country to pass a statewide mandatory sick leave bill. Provided it is signed by Governor Kate Brown (which is virtually certain), the new law will require all Oregon employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of legally protected sick...

 

HTML“Ambush” Election Challenge Fails in Federal Court
Hera S. Arsen; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
A federal judge in Texas recently ruled in favor of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case challenging the Board’s “ambush” election rules. The lawsuit, Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 1:15-cv-00026 (June 1,...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Holds No Status Quo Obligation During First Contract Negotiations Under Railway Labor Act
Todd C. Duffield; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015
On June 8, 2015, in International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airlines Division v. Allegiant Air, LLC, No. 14-16465 (June 8, 2015), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), employers are not precluded from unilaterally changing working conditions during...

 

HTMLOregon Tightens Restrictions on Noncompetition Agreements
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015
Oregon strictly regulates the use of noncompetition agreements by statute, generally limiting them to (a) exempt employees earning more than the median income for a family of four (approximately $74,000 currently), and (b) conditioning enforceability on a “bona fide advancement” or an...

 

HTMLOregon Legislature Votes to “Ban the Box”
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015
Oregon will soon join the ranks of states with “ban the box” legislation. Provided House Bill (HB) 3025 is signed by Governor Kate Brown (which is virtually certain), the new law will regulate when Oregon employers can ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions. The effective date...

 

HTMLNew York Federal Courts Increasingly Scrutinize Excessive Attorneys’ Fees in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions
Seth D. Kaufman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015
In what is becoming oft-cited language, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III of the Southern District of New York recently stated regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act that,

 

HTMLNew Amendment to the Federal Labor Law in Mexico Raises Minimum Age for Employment
Rodolfo Giles Salgado, Pietro Straulino-Rodriguez; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015
On June 12, 2015, a new amendment to the Federal Labor Law (FLL) was published in the Official Gazette, increasing the minimum age for employment from 14- to 15-years-old.

 


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