All Items: Employee Management

  • FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Rule on Hold

    27 March 2015

    A federal district court has granted a request by the State of Texas to temporarily block implementation of a final Department of Labor (DOL) regulation requiring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to be extended to same-sex couples legally married in a state that recognizes such marriages, even if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages. The final regulation would have gone into effect today if not for the stay granted by the court.

  • Supreme Court Rules Against UPS in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

    26 March 2015

    The Supreme Court has reinstated a former UPS driver's pregnancy discrimination case against the company, finding that she raised a genuine jury issue about whether the employer's policies imposed a significant burden on pregnant workers.

  • NLRB General Counsel Report Addresses Employee Handbooks, Work Rules

    25 March 2015

    National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr., has issued a report concerning recent employer work rule cases. The report discusses and synthesizes a number of recent challenges to employee handbooks and policies that were presented in cases reviewed, challenged or resolved by the Office of the General Counsel.

  • DOL Suspends H-2B Program Visa Processing, Moves to Stay Court Order

    17 March 2015

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended its processing of requests for prevailing wage determinations and labor certification applications in light of a federal district court's ruling that the DOL lacks authority to issue regulations concerning the H-2B guest worker program. However, the DOL has also filed a motion to stay the court order.

  • Utah Enhances Discrimination Protections to Cover LGBT Workers

    16 March 2015

    On March 12, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that enhances discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. Senate Bill 296 amends the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act.

  • OSHA Issues Final Rule Under SOX Whistleblower Provision

    11 March 2015

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule governing whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act.

  • Abrupt Changes in FLSA, FMLA Remain a Possibility in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

    09 March 2015

    In Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Assoc., the Supreme Court ruled that federal agencies do not need to use the notice-and-comment procedures of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when they wish to issue a new interpretation of a regulation that deviates significantly from one they had previously adopted.

  • DOL Ramping Up Investigations of Employers That Use Independent Contractors, Temp Agencies

    06 March 2015

    According to new statistics, a greater proportion of the US Department of Labor's enforcement actions are being targeted at industries that commonly use franchising, independent contractors, subcontracting and third-party intermediaries such as temporary employment agencies or labor brokers.

  • Wal-Mart to Eliminate One-Day Waiting Period for Sick Leave

    27 February 2015

    Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillion has announced that it will eliminate its one-day waiting period for sick leave. This change will be implemented next year.

  • Medical Marijuana in Michigan: Appeals Court Rules on Employee Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

    24 February 2015

    The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals who are state-approved medical marijuana users under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) should remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits under the Michigan Employment Security Act. The appeals court based its decision in Braska v. Challenge Manufacturing Co. on the fact that the provision of unemployment benefits constitutes state action.

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