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Employees in Multiple States: Keeping track of changing laws and policies

Many employers based in the Carolinas have employees across the country, meaning they must keep up to speed on legal developments affecting employers in the states where they have workers.

eLABORate: Employer Deadline Approaching to Update FCRA Form

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which, in part, provides consumers the right to obtain from consumer reporting agencies security freezes free of charge. A security freeze is designed to protect victims of identity theft. Such a freeze generally stops all access to a consumer’s credit report.

How HR Challenges Will Change and Evolve in 2019

With the new year just a few short months away, employers will inevitably face new and emerging HR challenges and obstacles in complying with federal, state and local laws, maintaining workplace policies and managing workers.

PODCAST: Going Global? Top 5 Labor and Employment Concerns for Multinational Businesses

In this episode, Diana Nehro, a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ International Practice Group, covers five of the most significant labor and employment concerns for multinational companies. Tune in for a discussion about managing the absence of at-will employment outside the U.S., cross-border investigations, globalizing policies, cost-effectively managing mobility assignments, and creating consistent global sales incentive plans.

Criminal Record Screening Policies Continue to Raise Important Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance Issues

Employers that use criminal record screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable laws. Following a multi-million dollar settlement by a leading retailer earlier this year,1 a recent multi-million dollar settlement in New York involving a large New York City sports and entertainment venue reinforces this point.2 In the recent case, the employer settled a class action lawsuit for a significant cash payout, including $165,000 in attorney’s fees, and other noteworthy programmatic relief. This recent settlement provides valuable lessons for employers.

"Ban The Box" Turns 20: Decoding the Current Framework

Twenty years ago, on a warm summer day, Hawaii enacted a restriction on employer inquiries into an applicant’s work history until after a conditional offer of employment. Intended to give applicants with criminal histories a fair shot at employment, the law—the first state "ban the box" law—crystalized a movement that, in time, would yield similar restrictions in 12 states and 17 localities (for private employers). The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements with little uniformity, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants (and sometimes even existing employees) in different jurisdictions.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Workplace Privacy Update

2018 has so far been a year that will long live in the memory of workplace privacy lawyers. Over the past eight months, lawyers for multinational corporations have had to familiarize themselves with a range of new laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the GDPR-styled California Consumer Privacy Act; and new data breach notification laws in South Dakota and Alabama. As we enter the final few months of the year, additional privacy laws and developments sit on the horizon. This article focuses on three more developments that privacy lawyers and employment counsels should be aware of heading into the final months of 2018.

New Version of Model FCRA Summary of Rights Released; And You Have One Week to Comply

A new model “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” disclosure form document was released on September 12, 2018, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Employers and background check companies may begin using the new form on September 21, 2018.

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

This article addresses many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of hurricane-related disasters; consequently, in addition to federal laws, we also focus on certain state laws, especially those in the areas most impacted by the storms. Nevertheless, the information here is of more widespread applicability than just the 2018 hurricanes, and may be helpful following any unexpected natural catastrophe.

What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Florence Threatens?

Executive Summary: As the East Coast of the U.S. braces for Hurricane Florence, the approaching storm serves as 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.
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