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|Federal Government Extends FMLA Rights to More Same-Sex Married Couples|
Katherine A. Hren, Richard S. Rosenberg, Rami A. Yomtov; Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 24, 2015The Obama administration has taken a huge step to protect the employment rights of same-sex married couples. Effective March 27, 2015, legally married same-sex couples will be able to enjoy the same rights as legally married opposite-sex couples under the Family and Medical Leave Act...
|District of Columbia Passes Legislation Allowing Employees to Discuss Wages|
Kesia M. Brown, Daniel D. Schudroff, Teresa Burke Wright; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015The District of Columbia has passed the Wage Transparency Act of 2014. The Act prohibits all private employers within the District from implementing workplace policies that forbid employees from discussing their wages with coworkers. The Act echoes President Barack Obama’s Executive Order...
|Utah Governor Signs Landmark LGBT and Religious Expression Anti-Discrimination Bill|
Conrad Shawn Kee, Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) has signed into law a bi-partisan bill protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination. While other states and local governments are considering similar initiatives, the Utah law is the first enacted legislation that seeks to...
|Who’s the Boss: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Hearing on Joint Employer Liability|
Howard M. Bloom, Linda R. Carlozzi, Philip B. Rosen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015Anticipating the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. (32-RC-109684), in which the Board will address the standard for determining whether two discrete employers are joint employers for purposes of union recognition and unfair labor...
|Senators Introduce Bill to Overhaul National Labor Relations Board|
Garen E. Dodge, Philip B. Rosen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015A bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on January 28 would make significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act, including adding a sixth member to the National Labor Relations Board and requiring an even representation of...
|How to Comply with the New Jersey ‘Ban the Box’ Law|
Luke P. Breslin, James M. McDonnell; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015In New Jersey, The Opportunity to Compete Act, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box” bill, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process, became effective March 1, 2015.
|Medtronic Pays $2.8 Million to Resolve Off-Label Medicare False Claims Case|
Wendy R. Fleishman; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 6, 2015As noted in numerous news stories today, Minnesota medical device manufacturer Medtronic will pay $2.8 million to the U.S. Justice Department to settle a False Claims Act case alleging the company paid doctors tens of thousands to recommend an unapproved medical procedure that was not shown to be...
|EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers?|
Evan J. Shenkman, Evan J. Shenkman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 8, 2015The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released its fiscal year (FY) 2014 enforcement and litigation statistical report for the private sector. Presented annually, the report always contains some nuggets for employers and employment attorneys, and this year’s is no...
|What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?|
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 10, 2015Since the expiration of a labor contract in July 2014, negotiations for a new contract have dragged on between management representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)—a multi-employer bargaining association representing terminal operators, stevedores, and shipping...
|Employers Beware: Significant Penalties May Be Assessed for Reimbursement of Individual Health Insurance Policy Premiums|
Mindi M. Johnson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014Employers, including municipal employers, have historically struggled to develop a health insurance benefit program for their employees that provides quality benefits and is cost-effective. After the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, many employers recommended that their employees...