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DOL Proposes More Permissive Association Health Plan Rule

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
Small businesses and self-employed individuals may soon have more options for obtaining affordable group health coverage. As directed by Executive Order 13813, on January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed regulations (83 Fed. Reg. 614) intended to increase the availability of association health plans (AHPs). The proposed regulations would achieve that aim by broadening the definition of “employer” to make it easier for employers to join together to sponsor an AHP for their employees.

"Daily Pay" and Cryptocurrency: Will Advances in Technology Change How Wages Are Paid?

Fisher Phillips • January 21, 2018
Technology seems to be advancing faster than we can keep up. These advances impact the employer community as well—even regarding basic things such as how, when, and in what manner wages are paid.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reverses Course on Marijuana Enforcement

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) position on enforcement of federal marijuana laws. Under the Obama administration, the DOJ adopted a hands-off approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws in those states where marijuana was legal for medical and/or recreational use. But in a one-page memorandum to U.S. attorneys, Sessions reversed this approach, emphasizing the fact that marijuana has and continues to be unlawful under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His Disabilities, But Was Not The Prevailing Party At Trial

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 21, 2018
In Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc., (E065869, Cal. Ct. App. January 16, 2018), Plaintiff William Bustos and a number of his co-workers were terminated by Global in an economic layoff. Bustos sued Global alleging his disabilities were a substantial motivating reason for his termination.

New York City Employers May Soon Need To Allow Employees Limited Schedule Flexibility

Fisher Phillips • January 21, 2018
The New York City Council passed a bill allowing employees to make temporary schedule changes to attend to a “personal event.”

Littler Global Guide - Puerto Rico - Q4 2017

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • January 21, 2018
Hurricane Aftermath: Available Government Assistance for Puerto Rico Residents
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