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The Obama Administration’s Proposed "Labor Violation" Reporting Duties Present Challenges for Federal Contractors

Ogletree Deakins • June 29, 2015
President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 mandates that federal contracting agencies collect information concerning a potential prime contractor’s 3-year violation history with respect to 14 federal labor, employment, wage payment, and safety laws (and the “equivalent” state laws). The executive order instructs government procurement officials to weigh each contractor’s “violations” of these laws for purposes of assessing whether the company should be permitted to bid on new federal contracts over $500,000 or continue working on existing federal projects.

Now That Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right, How Do Employers Administer FMLA Leave?

Franczek Radelet P.C • June 29, 2015
On Friday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

OSHA to Focus on Certain Key Hazards During Healthcare Inspections

Goldberg Segalla LLP • June 29, 2015
As announced a few days ago, OSHA is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes to focus on the following recognized hazards: i) musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident handling; ii) bloodborne pathogens; iii) workplace violence; iv) tuberculosis; and v) slips, trips, and falls.

Ban the Box Comes to New York City: New Law to Limit and Regulate Employers’ Ability to Consider Criminal Background in Hiring

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP • June 29, 2015
On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (“the Act”), which makes it unlawful for employers to inquire about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process. The law joins other “ban the box” legislation across the nation in an attempt to ban the checkbox indicating criminal history on employment application forms. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill any day, and the law will go into effect 120 days later.


Shaw Valenza LLP • June 26, 2015
Employers often struggle to address conflicts between a supervisor and a subordinate. But what is an employer’s legal responsibility when an employee claims that working for a particular supervisor is so stressful that the employee is disabled and needs to be reassigned as a reasonable accommodation? Recently, in Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, a California appellate court analyzed this very issue.


Shaw Valenza LLP • June 26, 2015
California’s stat-wide minimum wage is currently $9.00 per hour, increasing to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. However, several cities have increased the minimum wage well beyond California’s requirements. Similarly, California’s paid sick leave law takes effect on July 1, 2015. But some local governments have passed their own sick leave provisions, providing greater sick leave benefits. Below are some of the local provisions that employers must follow, in addition to the statewide requirements.
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