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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....

 

HTMLYour Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
Dara L. DeHaven, Leigh M. Nason, Christopher J. Near, Alfred B. Robinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
On February 12, 2014, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13658 (“Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors”), with instructions to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to issue regulations by October 1, 2014 implementing the requirements of the order. On June 17, 2014, a...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status
Ameneh K. Ernst, Spencer C. Skeen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., S196568 (June 26, 2014): On June 26, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that federal immigration law does not preempt a California law that extends state law protections to all workers regardless of their immigration status. However, the court held...

 

HTMLTwo California Appellate Decisions “Delegate” Authority From Courts to Arbitrators
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Two divisions of the California Court of Appeal recently issued two significant decisions on arbitration agreements. Both courts held that a trial court lacks authority to determine the enforceability of an arbitration agreement if the agreement has a provision delegating that authority to an...

 

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...

 

HTMLIRS Begins Section 409A Compliance Initiative
Vicki M. Nielsen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is getting ready to ramp up enforcement of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal agency recently announced the launch of a new project to assess the level of taxpayer compliance with Section 409A-the provision that regulates nonqualified deferred...

 


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