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HTMLTexas’ Open Carry Law: 3 Steps Hotels Should Take Before the New Year
John G. Harrison; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 26, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2015
The Texas statute allowing the open carrying of guns by licensed holders will become effective on January 1, 2016. Prior to this effective date, Texas hotel properties should consider following these three steps in an effort to comply with the law.


HTMLOFCCP Imposes New Self-Audit Rule for Veteran and Disabled Workers
Barbara A. Duncombe, Jessica A. Lordi; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 18, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its final rule requiring all covered federal contractors to self-audit their affirmative action programs for veteran and disabled workers. The new self-audit rule is different from the former...


HTMLLiability of Government Agencies to Volunteers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on September 2015
Volunteers are an integral part of operations for some organizations including some government agencies. Despite the altruistic intent, however, volunteers can pose a significant risk to an organization or agency as an employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., as...


HTMLWorkers of Federal Contractors to Get Paid Sick Leave under Obama Executive Order
Francis P. Alvarez, K. Joy Chin, Jennifer L. Seda, Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2015, previously published on September 8, 2015
A new executive order signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, requires federal contractors and subcontractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year. Workers will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work and can...


HTMLGovernor Signs Urgent Measure Clarifying CA Paid Sick Leave Law: Four Action Steps for Employers Now
Phyllis Cheng; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2015, previously published on July 15, 2015
California employers have stepped up to comply with the July 1, 2015 deadline for the new California paid sick leave law. Now changes have arrived that may help clarify the law.


HTMLItaly: "Jobs Act": New Legislative Decrees Approved
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2015, previously published on July 30, 2015
The Government adopted two legislative decrees which came into force on 25 June 2015. The decrees implement provisions which (i) amend contact types and improve an employer's ability to change employee duties; and (ii) address the balance between employees' caring, living and working needs.


HTMLNo Union for Northwestern Football Players
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2015, previously published on August 17, 2015
In a case that previously received much media attention, the National Labor Relations Board punted on the issue of whether Northwestern scholarship football players are employees, and could thereby unionize. The Board instead declined to exercise jurisdiction, dismissing the union’s petition...


HTMLBill in Congress Would Allow Employees to Request Changes to Schedules
Garen E. Dodge, Punam Sarad; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2015, previously published on July 24, 2015
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would require employers to consider their employees’ requests for changes to their work schedules and to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices....


HTMLNew York City Employers Prohibited from Requesting Criminal History Information before Making a Conditional Offer
Jonathan L. Bing, Neha Dewan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2015
On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the “Fair Chance Act” (Int. 318-A), known as “ban-the-box” legislation, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees on the basis of arrest records or criminal convictions. The bill...


HTMLUncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
On June 23rd, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development met to consider legislation relating to the legality and enforcement of non-compete agreements. The committee considered five bills on this topic, with the two most prominent being House Bill 1701 and Senate Bill...


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