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New Fiduciary Regulations Require Retirement Investment Advisers to Act in Clients' Best Interests

Ogletree Deakins • April 24, 2015
On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new proposed regulations that changed the definition of “fiduciary investment advice” as currently found in DOL Regulation 2510.3-21(c). These proposed rules also formally withdraw the prior proposed regulations issued in 2010. According to the DOL, these latest proposed rules will improve the protections provided for persons saving for retirement by ensuring that fiduciaries provide advice that is in their clients’ best interests.

Reimbursing Employees for Business Expenses: The FLSA Kickback Rule [Wage & Hour FAQs]

Franczek Radelet P.C • April 24, 2015
Over the last month, Domino’s has been in the news for some of the wrong reasons, with not one but two Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action lawsuits alleging that two large Domino’s franchisees paid delivery drivers less than minimum wage.

Workplace Safety and Health Update

Jackson Lewis P.C. • April 24, 2015
We are pleased to bring you our Workplace Safety and Health Update. With experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, Jackson Lewis is uniquely positioned to serve all of an employer’s workplace safety and health needs.

California Labor Agency Overseeing Paid Sick Leave Law Says Employers Must Use Caution When Asking for Doctors' Notes

FordHarrison LLP • April 24, 2015
Executive Summary: In a public webinar recently hosted by the California Department of Industrial Relations regarding California's new paid sick leave law, the state labor agency commented that requiring employees to submit documentation as a condition for payment of sick leave arguably can interfere with the employee's use of paid sick leave. While the agency's response was for informational purposes only and, thus, not legally binding, employers in California are advised to exercise caution when implementing the state's new paid sick leave law.

Massachusetts Courts Permit No Tipping Policy and Limit the Scope of the Restaurant Exemption

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • April 24, 2015
Massachusetts courts recently clarified two issues of great interest to employers in the hospitality and restaurant industries. On the one hand, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that Massachusetts law does not prohibit employers from adopting a no-tipping policy. On the other hand, the federal district court in Massachusetts held that the “restaurant employee” exemption to the state overtime law does not apply to maintenance technicians who travel between restaurants.

California Attorney General Seeks Supply Chain Transparency Information from Businesses

FordHarrison LLP • April 24, 2015
Executive Summary: Recently, a number of large retail and manufacturing companies doing business in California may have been surprised to receive a letter from the California Attorney General asking them to demonstrate compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The Act was enacted in 2010 and became effective in 2012; however, the recent round of letters sent out by the California Attorney General has focused more attention on the Act. Recipients of the letters have 30 days to respond by providing a link to their disclosure or providing information showing they are not covered by the Act.
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