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Union kNOw – November 2018

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 16, 2018
Employees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have publicly protested a decision by NLRB Chairman John Ring and NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb to reopen labor contracts covering employees’ terms and conditions of employment, according to media reports.

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Four New Opinion Letters

Goldberg Segalla LLP • November 16, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has issued four new opinion letters. DOL opinion letters are designed to interpret and provide clarity to federal labor laws, and these four new letters target issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

For Employers, Inclement Weather Preparedness Includes Readying for Employee Questions on How Office Closures Affect Pay, Leaves of Absence, and More

FordHarrison LLP • November 16, 2018
Executive Summary: Winter Storm Avery may be on its way out, but the early winter weather is a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses and as they prepare to resume normal operations. For example, employers need to determine whether closing the office means having to pay workers who stay home, being on the hook for unemployment compensation, and whether workers' compensation applies to weather-related injuries.

NYC Council Proposes Additional Harassment Training Requirement for "Nightlife Establishments" and Their Employees

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
As previously reported, this year both the State of New York and the City of New York enacted legislation requiring employers to distribute sexual harassment prevention policies and to train their workforce about the prevention of workplace sexual harassment and available legal remedies. On October 31, 2018, the New York City Council introduced related legislation targeting the City’s nightlife establishments and the issue of patron harassment.

Twins Once More: Saint Paul Passes $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
On November 14, 2018, the Saint Paul City Council passed, and Mayor Melvin Carter signed into law, an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage in Saint Paul, Minnesota to $15 an hour starting as early as 2022 for large businesses operating within city limits. Long a priority of Mayor Carter, the increased Saint Paul minimum wage is now more closely aligned with that of its twin city, Minneapolis.

Biometric Privacy Case Before Illinois Supreme Court Could Open Litigation Floodgates

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
On November 20, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that has significant implications for Illinois employers, though it is not an employment-law case. Over the past two years, more than 100 class action lawsuits have been filed by employees claiming to be “aggrieved persons” under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).
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