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How Employers Can Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

XpertHR • February 19, 2019
With winter in full swing, we have the joys of reduced daylight, snowstorms and the dreaded cold and flu season. The flu, along with other infectious illnesses, has the potential to affect an entire workforce. Not only do contagious employees risk spreading their sickness to other workers, they are often less productive.

Most Common OSHA Citations in Manufacturing—And How to Avoid Them

Ogletree Deakins • February 19, 2019
In this episode, Ron Chapman and Frank Davis cover some of the most common OSHA citations issued to manufacturers, from hazard communications to respiratory protection, and more. They will also discuss best practices for spotting potential issues and avoiding these citations.

The Practical NLRB Advisor – Issue 11, Winter 2019

Ogletree Deakins • February 19, 2019
Brian in Brief NLRB Issues Proposed Joint-Employer Rule NLRB Strategic Plan: Resolve More Cases, More Quickly Other NLRB and Labor Developments

The Status of the GDPR As the One-Year Mark Gets Closer

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 19, 2019
In honor of Data Privacy Day (Data Protection Day in Europe), the European Commission (“the Commission”) released a statement on the status of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which took effect on May 25, 2018. The joint statement by the Commission’s First Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip, Commissioners Jourová and Gabriel stressed the importance of the GDPR in light of recent large-scale data breaches, and the positive effect the law has had in raising awareness on data protection and rights available to citizens.

Michigan Attorney General Asked to Issue Formal Opinion on the Constitutionality of the “Adopt and Amend” Process Used to Enact Paid Medical Leave and Minimum Wage Laws

Ogletree Deakins • February 19, 2019
Employers in Michigan have been on a roller coaster ride over the last several months regarding new paid sick leave and minimum wage requirements.

llinois Set to Join $15 Minimum Wage Club

XpertHR • February 19, 2019
Illinois lawmakers have passed a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 and significantly increase penalties for employers that violate the law.

South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act: When Acts Are Not Capable of Repetition and Other Important Issues

Nexsen Pruet • February 19, 2019
In South Carolina, as in most jurisdictions, unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce are unlawful. See South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act (the “Act”), S.C. Code Ann. §39-5-10, et seq. In order to be actionable, an act must be unfair or deceptive, and must have an impact upon the public interest. Impact on public interest may be established if the act or practice has the potential for repetition. Potential for repetition may be demonstrated by showing the same kind of action previously occurred, making it likely it will continue to occur without deterrence, or by showing a company’s procedures create the potential for repetition of the unfair and deceptive act. While myriad cases have addressed, interpreted and applied the Act, few have as succinctly dealt with whether acts incapable of repetition may be said to have potential for repetition as the recent case of Turner v. Kellett, 2019 WL 455101 (February 6, 2019).

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Raising the Statewide Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 19, 2019
On February 19, 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” which raises the state’s minimum wage, in increments, to $15 per hour by 2025.1 With the enactment of this bill, Illinois has become the fifth state to pass a statewide increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining California, New Jersey,2 New York, and Massachusetts.3

New Jersey's Own "Green Deal": Adult Use Recreational Marijuana is Coming to the Garden State

FordHarrison LLP • February 19, 2019
Executive Summary: On February 15, 2019, New Jersey’s governor and leaders of the State senate and assembly reached an agreement for legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adult recreational use. The proposed legislation remains largely unchanged from Senate Bill 2703, introduced on June 7, 2018.
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