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New Year's Resolutions for HR
December 19, 2019
We offer the following ten resolutions for business leaders with HR responsibilities to adopt for 2020.
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Calling Employer “Stupid” Protected Under NLRA
December 19, 2019
The case of Roseburg v. Forest Products Company and Carpenters Industrial Council Local Union No. 2949 (NLRB Nov. 29, 2019), involved the scope of an employee’s protected activity when criticizing the company on the union’s Facebook page.
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Employers May Cease Deducting Union Dues When CBA Expires
December 17, 2019
This week, on December 16, 2019, the NLRB reversed Lincoln Lutheran of Racine and returned to the rule established by Bethlehem Steel, 136 NLRB 1500 (1962), holding that a dues checkoff provision did not survive the expiration of the relevant CBA, and that an employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act by discontinuing its practice of deducting employees’ union dues from their wages over a year after the CBA expired.
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Why Can’t We Be Friends? Monitoring Employees’ Social Media
December 16, 2019
Employees received an early present on the social media front this fall. A recent decision from the Nation Labor Relations Board has set additional parameters on what employers may and may not do when it comes to monitoring employees’ social media.
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NLRB Delivers A “Holiday Gift” To Employers: New Union Election Timelines
December 13, 2019
On December 13, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule revising the Obama-era union election procedures (known as “R-Case” rules). The revision to the procedures will become effective 120 days from its publication in the Federal Register next week.
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Alabama Minimum Wage Preemption Upheld (For Now)
December 13, 2019
On December 13, 2019, the full Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage Law.
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Department Of Labor Issues Final Rule On Regular Rate Exclusions From Overtime Calculations
December 12, 2019
On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a revised interpretation listing payments that can be excluded from the “regular rate” used to compute overtime pay for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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Ontario: Does the WSIB bar lawsuits for employment related stress? Apparently (in some cases)
December 11, 2019
Historically, workers’ compensation law placed a highly restrictive definition on traumatic mental stress injuries, which meant as a practical matter very few stress claims would ever be allowed.
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If ICE Comes, Are You Ready?
December 11, 2019
2019 was unquestionably a busy year for the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).
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Sick Leave for Service Animals?
December 11, 2019
A shift in my thinking comes out of the Frequently Asked Questions on Arizona’s Earned Sick Time Law, which one of my partners was recently perusing.
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ICE Conducting Site Visits at STEM OPT Employer Locations
December 11, 2019
A recent article by Forbes reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has started conducting site visits “to investigate students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.”
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Reminder – Time to Reclassify Exempt Employees Making Less than $684/wk ($35,568)
December 10, 2019
Employers with exempt (salaried) employees – do not forget that the Fair Labor Standards Act’s salary threshold increases January 1, 2020 to $684 per week ($35,568).
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Jan 16

New @SHRM Court Report: Follow OSH Act When Evaluating Respiratory Hazards https://t.co/Y2DVdI5BBK

Jan 15

Handbook Alert - NLRB Addresses Dress Code Policy Regarding Union Buttons/Insignia https://t.co/FkB0JUbv4B

Jan 14

Immigration Issues in the Workplace: What to Expect in 2020 https://t.co/GNVfXDQAR1