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Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • August 26, 2016
On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (EO). Simultaneously, the Department of Labor (DOL) released final guidance on key provisions of the final rule. The so-called “blacklisting” EO requires prospective and existing contractors on covered contracts to disclose administrative determinations, arbitral awards, and civil judgments (referred to collectively in the rule as “labor law decisions”) finding or (sometimes even just alleging) violations of 14 enumerated labor laws and state law equivalents.

DOL and FAR Council Publish Final ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Rules for Government Contractors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council have published the highly-anticipated final guidance and regulations implementing President Barack Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” Executive Order. Signed by President Obama in July 2014

Class Action Retirement Plan Litigation Hits Higher Ed Hard

Ogletree Deakins • August 26, 2016
In recent weeks, multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against private, nonprofit universities across the country alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and claiming millions of dollars in damages for retirement plan participants. Each action was filed by the same law firm that previously filed similar class actions against several large private companies and which now appears to be targeting higher educational institutions.

California Convicted or Indicted Physicians, Providers Filed $600 Million in Workers' Compensation Liens

XpertHR • August 26, 2016
$600 million in liens filed against injured employees' claims for workers' compensation benefits have been filed by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015, according to California's Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers' Compensation.

Illinois Freedom to Work Act: One State’s Reaction to Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 26, 2016
In an effort to address possible overuse of non-compete agreements by certain employers, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. The Act prohibits private sector employers from entering into non-compete restrictions with “low-wage employees” and renders any such agreements “illegal and void.” The Act applies to non-compete agreements entered into on or after the law’s effective date, January 1, 2017.

Illinois Statute Bars Non-Competes For Low-Wage Workers

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 26, 2016
Illinois has a new non-compete statute that bans the use of non-compete agreements with “low-wage” employees.
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