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12 Months of Additional ADA Leave Not Reasonable, Court Says

Fisher Phillips • May 25, 2017
A federal appellate court recently ruled that an employee’s request for 12 months of additional medical leave was not reasonable, and thereby upheld the dismissal of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit against her former employer. Employers can learn three important lessons from the May 2, 2017 decision.

Uber and Lyft to Return to Austin, Texas?

Fisher Phillips • May 25, 2017
One year after Uber and Lyft terminated operations in Austin, Texas, the ride-sharing platforms may be ready to return. The issue stems from a City of Austin ordinance that requires all “transportation network companies” (TNCs) to conduct fingerprint-based criminal background checks on individual drivers.

MSHA Extends Effective Date of Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines to October 2, 2017

Ogletree Deakins • May 25, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced on May 22, 2017, that it is extending the effective date of the agency’s Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines until October 2, 2017. This is the second extension of the rule’s effective date; MSHA’s initial extension was made earlier this year. According to MSHA’s press release, this extension will “allow additional time for MSHA to provide training and compliance assistance for its stakeholders.”

Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

Ogletree Deakins • May 24, 2017
In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision that would have preempted Minnesota cities’ safe and sick leave ordinances and other labor standards measures.

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 23, 2017
The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. (See our article, Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform.)

Emeryville Strikes Again: Another Employee-Friendly Ordinance to Take Effect

Ogletree Deakins • May 23, 2017
San Francisco’s notoriously employee-friendly ordinances continue to set the standard for its neighboring cities. Emeryville, which is across the bay from San Francisco and neighbors Oakland, recently passed a fair workweek ordinance that patterns itself off of San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights. The Emeryville ordinance applies to larger retail and fast food employers, and has strict scheduling requirements as set forth below.
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