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SHRM Launches Initiative to Improve Management-Employee Communication

XpertHR • June 25, 2019
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at improving workplace culture through dialogue between managers and workers, during its 2019 conference and exposition in Las Vegas. The focus of the Workplace Convos & Coffee initiative is to set constructive conversations in motion about the biggest issues impacting workplace culture.

Department of Labor Releases Proposed Rule for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 25, 2019
On June 24, 2019, the Department of Labor made public its long-awaited proposed rule establishing a process for DOL to advance the development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). On the same day, DOL announced that it was awarding over $183 million in grants for developing and expanding apprenticeship programs to educational institutions partnering with businesses that match funding, and an additional $100 million to expand apprenticeships and help close the “skills gap.” The Department is expected to issue further details on IRAP requirements, and an application for entities seeking to be recognized as an accreditor of IRAPs shortly.

Are General Contractors Liable for Their Subcontractors’ Actions or Inactions?

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
A general contractor in Southern California found itself on the hook for its subcontractor’s failure to pay wages to its workers, even though the general contractor had no knowledge of it. The case illustrates an important reminder for general contractors. The general contractor was fined close to $600,000 under a 2017 California law, A.B. 1701, which holds general contractors liable for their subcontractor’s failure to pay wages owed to workers.

How to Lower Risk by Cutting Harmful Company Documents

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
While company documents are necessary, some can expose a company to liability and other harms. Knowing how to identify and cut the harmful ones may help a company lower corporate risks.

The Aging Construction Industry: Keeping Skilled Employees Longer

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
Workers in the construction industry tend to be older than those in other industries, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The median age of construction workers is 42 years old, a year older than the median in the national labor force. Further, the median age of workers in the industry is 44-45 years old in several U.S. states, including Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

“Help Me, Help You”: Defense Department Advises Contractors That Cybersecurity Is An Allowable Cost

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
During a presentation at the Professional Services Council Federal Acquisition Conference on June 13, 2019, a high-ranking Department of Defense (“DoD”) official announced, with dramatic flair, that cybersecurity is an allowable cost:

Minnesota Wage Theft Statute, Part II: New Notice, Disclosure, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Ogletree Deakins • June 25, 2019
In our previous article, we summarized the key provisions of Minnesota’s new “wage theft” law. This article focuses specifically on the notices and disclosures employers are required to provide to their employees under the law, as well as new recordkeeping requirements.

New Maine Law Requires Time Off From Work For Appointments at VA Medical Facilities

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
State and local leave laws are changing weekly and sometimes even daily! For the second time this month, Maine is adjusting its leave laws. Employers in Maine will soon be required to provide veterans with time away from work to attend scheduled appointments at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. If paid leave is available to the veteran, he or she must be permitted to use paid leave for the absence. If a veteran has no available paid leave, then the employer must allow the veteran to take unpaid leave. Veterans are required to give their employer notice of the appointment “as soon as reasonably possible.” The law goes into effect on September 19, 2019.

New York City to Prohibit Retaliation for Requesting Reasonable Accommodation

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
On June 13, 2019, the New York City Council passed Intro 799 to prohibit retaliation against individuals who make a request for a reasonable accommodation under any applicable provision of chapter 1 of the New York City Human Rights Law.

New Jersey Minimum Wage Hike on July 1, 2019

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 25, 2019
Thereafter, on January 1 of each year, the minimum wage will increase by another $1.00 per hour, until it ultimately reaches $15.00 per hour in 2024. After 2024, the rate will continue to increase based on the federal consumer price index for all urban wage earners and clerical workers.

Pennsylvania Modifies Work-Product Rule

Goldberg Segalla LLP • June 25, 2019
In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court clarified the application of the attorney work-product doctrine in the context of an e-mail exchange to a third-party consultant. The decision addresses the question of whether the work-product doctrine in Pennsylvania applies to otherwise confidential communications sent to a public relations company.

Connecticut Goes To $15 An Hour!

Brody and Associates, LLC • June 25, 2019
Connecticut is the latest state to move towards a $15 minimum wage. On May 17th, the state Senate approved HB 5004, which raises the hourly minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2023. The bill was signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont on May 28.
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