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Seventh Circuit Issues New Standard on Class Notice to Employees who Signed Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a case of first impression, has developed a required framework for a district court to evaluate when a plaintiff asks the Court to authorize notice to putative class members who have entered into arbitration agreements with their employer.

DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates for 2020

The Department of Transportation’s operating agencies have announced their random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has raised its random drug testing rate to 50% for 2020. All other random testing rates remain unchanged from 2019.

Littler Lightbulb: Tips for Handling Workplace Issues Related to the Big Game and Other Madness

As we near two heavily followed sporting events—the Super Bowl and the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament—employers may notice flagging focus from employee fans. Because these events are popular and often available via streaming services, employees may be tempted to use work time and company resources to watch the events, place bets, or even take time off from work altogether. Here we examine these three possible areas of concern.

The Super Bowl Shouldn’t Be A Super Headache For Employers

Now that we know that the Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in a few weeks, it’s time to assess whether this annual American tradition will create any workplace issues for your organization. With over 110 million television viewers expected to tune in – including die-hard supporters, casual fans, and those only interested in the halftime show and the commercials – you can be sure that many of your employees will be spending Sunday, February 2 watching football.

Compliance with Changing State and Local Laws is Nonstop

In 2019, as in previous years, most of the new labor and employment law legislation was enacted at the state and local level.

Combating Improper Robocalls: The TRACED Act Signed into Law

In the final days of 2019, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (“TRACED Act”) was signed into law to combat the increasing number of illegal robocall practices and other intentional violations of telemarketing laws.

Commandment #9: Don't Expect Immediate Resolution - Investigations May Last For Years

When the Feds Come Knockin'

Compass® Newsletter – Winter 2020

D.C. Download Recruiting From Overlooked Employee Pools There’s an App for That! Risks and Tips Regarding Digital Workplace Apps

Websites: A Growing Compliance Concern – CCPA, HIPAA, Accessibility, State Laws...

Websites play a vital role for organizations. They facilitate communication with consumers, constituents, patients, employees, and the general public. They project an organization’s image and promote goodwill, provide information about products and services and allow for their purchase. Websites also inform investors about performance, enable job seekers to view and apply for open positions, and accept questions and comments from visitors to the site or app, among many other activities and functionalities. Because of this vital role, websites have become an increasing subject of regulation making them a growing compliance concern.

Marijuana in the Workplace

For many years, employers in the Carolinas have prohibited drugs in the workplace and tested applicants and employees for illegal substances, such as marijuana. Recently, Congress and many states have enacted new laws regarding marijuana, covering everything from cultivation to consumption, for both medical and recreational reasons. Many states have legalized marijuana, while others have taken a more conservative approach and allowed the use of cannabidiol (CBD) products derived from industrial hemp. Employers in the Carolinas must consider how the recent changes in the law will impact them and recognize that more changes are likely—including the possibility that medical marijuana may soon become legal. To learn more about marijuana in the workplace, read this this article in S.C. Lawyer magazine.
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