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|South Africa Tightens its Immigration Laws|
Rebecca B. Schechter; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014As we reported earlier this month, South Africa instituted some important changes to its immigration laws this year. South Africa has utilized the familiar “carrot and stick” approach in its immigration overhaul: while it has extended the validity of its major employment visas, South...
|HHS Issues Guidance Regarding Same-Sex Marriages and HIPAA|
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance concerning how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing same-sex marriages may affect certain provisions relating to “family members” in the Health Insurance...
|Infosys Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Filed in New Jersey|
Scott T. Decker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014A former Infosys Ltd. employee filed a lawsuit late last week in New Jersey federal court alleging that he was pressured to resign from the company and that the company continues to retaliate against him by refusing to rehire him. This is the second lawsuit he has filed against Infosys. As...
|FCC & OSHA Tower Safety|
Kelly V. Friend, Lawrence P. Halprin, Manesh K. Rath, David G. Sarvadi; Keller and Heckman LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014On October 14, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) convened a workshop to discuss the recent increase in telecommunication tower worker deaths. The workshop was described by FCC Chairman...
|Our Adjuncts (Or Other Employees) Want To Unionize, Now What?|
Kate E. McClymont; Husch Blackwell LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014A movement toward adjunct unions is sweeping university and college campuses across the nation. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees of private institutions of higher education the right to self-organize and engage in concerted action for the purpose of collective bargaining....
|Is Transgender the New Protected Class?|
Jane C. Hofmeyer; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014While Laverne Cox, the transgender star of the hit series “Orange is the New Black,” is bringing transgender awareness to America, federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Labor have been bringing transgender awareness to...
|Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014Over the next year, the Australian government plans to make improvements to the subclass 457 visa program, in response to the recommendations of an independent review panel. The government outlined its plans in a recently issued Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.
|British - Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014The UK and Ireland will accept certain short-stay visas issued by either country for business or tourism, under a visa agreement recently concluded between the two countries. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first to benefit from the program starting late October. Expansion to other...
|Florida's Minimum Wage Rises to $8.05 in 2015|
Rachel D. Gebaide, Timothy C. Haughee; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”) has announced that the minimum wage in Florida will increase by 12 cents from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour on January 1, 2015. The minimum wage for employees who earn tips will increase by 12 cents from $4.91 to $5.03 per hour.
|Legislature Fixes Flawed Minimum Wage Bill, Restoring Federal Overtime Exemptions|
Brian M. Peterson; Bowles Rice LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on May 21, 2014The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill in special session today, restoring a broad exemption that excludes most public and private employers from coverage under the state's overtime law.