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Employers Should Prepare for Rare General Strike

XpertHR • February 16, 2017
Employers may face a rare general strike as soon as February 17. Activists and strike organizers are seeking to demonstrate against the policies of the current administration and congressional majority leaders. The call to action has been widely covered by the media, and has been the subject of numerous social media posts. Employers should plan to respond to any workplace disruptions and to address work rules violations in a timely manner.

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

Ogletree Deakins • February 16, 2017
Within less than 24 hours following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s first choice to fill the position of Secretary of Labor, the president announced at a press conference on Thursday, February 16 that his new choice for U.S. Secretary of Labor is Alexander Acosta of Miami, Florida.

Trump Names New Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Franczek Radelet P.C • February 16, 2017
Yesterday, President Trump’s then nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination ahead of his confirmation hearing given the increasing opposition to his nomination by both parties. Less than 24 hours later, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his new choice for Secretary of Labor. Mr. Acosta is currently the dean of Florida International University College of Law but has experience in both the public and private sector. Some of Mr. Acosta’s prior positions include being appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, his appointment to the role of Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and a high profile role as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. If confirmed, Mr. Acosta will be the first Hispanic member of President Trump’s cabinet.

Seattle Proposes Revisions to Minimum Wage Rules

XpertHR • February 16, 2017
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has proposed revisions to the city's minimum wage rules.

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 15, 2017
Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No. 5:16-cv-9-Oc-28PRL (M.D. Fla. Feb. 14, 2017).

Governor Brown’s Proposed 2017-18 Budget – What Do Employers Need to Know?

Fisher Phillips • February 15, 2017
Last month, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This move represents only the opening salvo in a months-long budget negotiation that will occur over the next six months between the Governor and the Legislature. The Governor will release a revised budget proposal in May, and the final budget will be negotiated and voted upon by June 15, 2017.
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