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Class Action Waiver Update: Will a Switch in Time Persuade Nine?

Ogletree Deakins • June 23, 2017
It was no surprise when, on June 16, 2017, numerous business and employer groups (including several represented by Ogletree Deakins) filed over a dozen amicus briefs supporting the employers in the three class action waiver cases pending in the Supreme Court of the United States: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris.

Federal Court Holds First Trial on Website Accessibility Under the ADA

XpertHR • June 23, 2017
A federal judge has found in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., (S.D.Fla. No. 16-23020-Civ-Scola) that a corporation violated Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website was inaccessible to individuals with vision-related disabilities. The opinion, verdict and order followed the first federal trial on the issue of website accessibility. Employers that are owners of places of public accommodation should take note of the decision and consider meeting the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA) in order to mitigate potential risks.

Some States Forge Ahead On Salary Thresholds

Fisher Phillips • June 23, 2017
Since last November, employers have waited with bated breath for a resolution of the status of the U.S. Department of Labor's salary-threshold increase for an executive, administrative, professional, or derivative "white collar" exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1). To date, there have been no substantive developments with respect to the Texas court's preliminary injunction.

New York City to Regulate Fast Food, Retail Employee Scheduling

XpertHR • June 23, 2017
New York City recently passed a package of "Fair Workweek" laws that will limit how fast food and retail employers' may schedule employee work shifts.

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

Fisher Phillips • June 23, 2017
Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax expenditures, efforts to reform the Board of Equalization, and an attempt to revise the election procedures to protect a sitting State Senator who is facing a recall effort.

Major Headaches Coming for Chicago and Cook County Employers When Implementing Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

FordHarrison LLP • June 23, 2017
As most employers in the “Chicagoland” area are hopefully already aware, both Chicago and Cook County have enacted paid sick leave (PSL) ordinances that go into effect July 1, 2017.
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