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Federal Contractors See Hike in SCA Health & Welfare Rates

FordHarrison LLP • August 19, 2014
Executive Summary: On July 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its annual memorandum announcing that, pursuant to 29 C.F.R. Section 4.52, the prevailing hourly health and welfare fringe benefit rates under the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) were increasing from $3.81 per hour to $4.02 per hour. The increase took effect immediately, and the new rate is posted on the DOL's Wage Determinations ( and Wage and Hour Division ( websites. A special reduced rate of $1.66 per hour will apply to Hawaii because, under state law, most Hawaii employers are already obligated to provide their employees with health insurance. The new benefit rate was derived from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Cost Index, summary of Employer Cost for Employee Compensation.

How The ADA Impacts Your Hiring

Fisher & Phillips LLP • August 18, 2014
Most employers understand their fundamental obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect against disability discrimination and to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees, enabling them to perform essential functions of their jobs. But these obligations continue to confuse employers in practice, especially when it comes to hiring.

Healthcare Update: Work A Full Eight Hours? That's Not In My Job Description!

Fisher & Phillips LLP • August 18, 2014
According to the EEOC, healthcare employers are disproportionately represented in the ranks of those sued for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. recently became one of those unlucky healthcare providers when the EEOC sued it for failure to accommodate a physician.

Last 2014 Lap for the California Legislature

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • August 19, 2014
The California Legislature returned from its summer recess on August 4 for the sprint through the last days of the final year of the 2013-2014 session.

Back to School! Employers: Are You Ready for School-Related Leave for Parents?

Ogletree Deakins • August 19, 2014
The lazy days of summer are behind us this month as many children head back to school. Employers of parents with school-aged children should review California’s laws, which provide certain rights to employees to take time off from work to deal with school-related issues.

Texas Supreme Court Establishes That an At-Will Employee Does Not Have a Viable Fraud Claim Based on Continued Employment

Ogletree Deakins • August 19, 2014
The Texas Supreme Court recently issued a much-anticipated opinion regarding fraud claims in the employment at will context. In Sawyer v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 430 S.W.3d 396 (Tex. 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had certified two questions to the Texas Supreme Court concerning fraud claims, including whether, under Texas law, at-will employees can bring fraud claims against employers for loss of their employment. The Texas Supreme Court definitively answered “no.”
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