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Countdown to the Final Overtime Rule: The Clock Is Ticking on Your Current Exemptions

Ogletree Deakins • May 02, 2016
On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division delivered its proposed final revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Part 541 overtime regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Until then, the assumption was that the final revisions to the overtime regulations would be published in July of 2016—namely because, in November of 2015, the DOL issued its Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which included a statement indicating that the DOL expected to publish the final rule in July.

Tattoos, Haircuts, And Head Coverings – We're Not In Kansas Anymore

Fisher & Phillips LLP • May 02, 2016
As our society has evolved and changed, standards for acceptable dress and appearance have also been transformed. For example, tattoos, once seen mostly on bikers and those who had served in the military, are now mainstream. An estimated 40% of Americans have at least one tattoo and women are just as likely as men to have one.

April 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

Fisher & Phillips LLP • May 02, 2016
The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers need to know about.

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — May 2016

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 02, 2016
Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The May edition of the Insider Report discusses recent agency rulemaking, legislative maneuvers to block new and pending rules, and state efforts to enact labor and employment laws that have stalled at the federal level. The Report contains the following sections:

OSHA, NIOSH Release Joint Guidance on Zika Virus Prevention

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 02, 2016
Federal government agencies have released interim guidance to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.

Final Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Expected Soon

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 02, 2016
In November 2013, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” to add electronic recordkeeping requirements that would require certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping information on a quarterly and/or annual basis. Additionally, the proposed rule would establish a public searchable website where OSHA would make employers’ injury and illness records available to the general public.

Elevated Fine Lacks Justification, Mine Safety Agency Attorney Concedes

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 02, 2016
A government attorney agreed with opposing counsel that the Mine Safety and Health Administration had not justified a proposed 127 percent increase in fines against an Illinois coal operator. The two sides disagreed, however, on the remedy to correct the situation.

FAQs on the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Ogletree Deakins • May 02, 2016
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) is a new federal law that, once signed by President Obama, will amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and provide a private civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Trade Secrets Finally Get Federal Law Protection

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 02, 2016
On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1890)1 (DTSA) and sent it to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it into law.2 The DTSA, which will take effect on the day it is signed, will provide a new federal court civil remedy for acts of trade secret misappropriation occurring on or after the enactment date. The passage of the DTSA means trade secret owners finally have a truly uniform federal law under which to pursue trade secret misappropriation claims.

Obama Reappoints NLRB Member Hirozawa, But Senate Not Expected to Act Quickly

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 02, 2016
Board Member Kent Y. Hirozawa has been reappointed by President Barack Obama to a second term on the National Labor Relations Board, according to the White House.