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HTMLWage Garnishments—A Big Problem with Solutions on the Horizon
Martin C. Brook; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Today, much-needed attention is being paid to wage garnishments. National Public Radio (NPR) released a story concerning the increasing use of wage garnishments to collect debts. The NPR piece relies on a report also released today by payroll company ADP. The report provides data, which had...

 

HTMLIllinois Extends Sexual Harassment Protection to Unpaid Interns
Taylor N. Rollinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Further extending the Illinois Human Rights Act’s already expansive protection of victims of sexual harassment, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn last month signed into law a bill amending the Act to protect unpaid interns against sexual harassment. The amendment becomes effective January 1, 2015.

 

HTMLCap-Subject H-1Bs Will Be Effective October 1
Maria Fernanda Gandarez, Ceridwen J. Koski; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
On October 1, 2014, FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject visa petitions will be valid. Individuals in possession of valid H-1B petitions must take appropriate action to demonstrate work authorization for the petitioning employer. For certain individuals, demonstrating H-1B status can be as straightforward as...

 

HTMLMedical Cannabis Implications for Employers in Minnesota
Cynthia A. Bremer, Jody A. Ward-Rannow; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed into law Minnesota’s medical cannabis bill (SF No. 2470), which passed the House 89-to-40 and the Senate 46-to-16. The law establishes a registry program for Minnesota residents to legally use medical cannabis for a qualifying medical condition. According to...

 

HTMLMajor Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014
Justin Coffey, Charles Edward Gillman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular processing of an immigrant visa application. Those with a...

 

HTMLOSHA Announces Significant Alterations to Reporting Requirements
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014
On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer’s duties to report workplace injuries to the agency.

 

HTMLSettlement Highlights Importance of Compliance with Anti-Discrimination Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act During the Employment Eligibility Verification Process
Justin Coffey, Diane M. Rish; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
On August 15, 2014, a California-based staffing company reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), resolving allegations that several branches of the company had violated the...

 

HTMLOFCCP Notice of Proposed Extension of Record-Keeping Requirements for Construction Contractors
T. Scott Kelly, Samantha K. Smith; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
On September 2, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published in the Federal Register a proposed renewal of the current record-keeping, notice, and reporting requirements imposed by Executive Order 11246 for federal construction contractors and subcontractors. The...

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation
Katherine G. Rigby, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014
Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose their social media passwords or from requiring applicants or...

 

HTMLProtected Concerted Activity on Facebook: The NLRB “Likes” This
John T. Merrell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to expand its interpretation of the forms of employee online behavior that constitute protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act. Recently, in Three D, LLC d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, 361 NLRB No. 31 (August...

 


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