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Administration Welcomes Foreign Entrepreneurs with Proposed Rule

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 28, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security has closed out the summer with an encouraging proposal designed to allow certain founders of start-up companies from abroad to come to the U.S. for an initial stay of up to two years to build their business here. In a move recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit embodied by the many foreign individuals who have contributed to making the United States a beacon of innovation and creative ambition, the service released an advance copy of the proposed “International Entrepreneur Rule.”

How Sexual Harassment Training Misses the Mark

XpertHR • August 28, 2016
The rapid fall of Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes this summer amidst multiple sexual harassment claims has once again brought this diciest of workplace issues to the forefront. Ailes certainly isn’t the first high-profile leader felled by sex harassment charges, but he was right at the top in terms of power.

Government Releases Final Rule Implementing “Blacklisting” Law

Fisher Phillips • August 28, 2016
The final rule and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, signed by President Barack Obama in July 2014 and finally published on August 25, 2016, remain almost as burdensome and problematic as they were when originally proposed. They will impact many federal contractors and require immediate attention to ensure full compliance, which for some will be required as soon as October 2016.

Noise Complaints Don’t Fall on Deaf Ears: OSHA Sets Out to End Workplace Noise Exposure and Related Hearing Loss

Goldberg Segalla LLP • August 28, 2016
Recently, OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health teamed up to compel inventors to develop a solution to workplace noise exposure and corollary hearing loss. The trifecta endeavors to ameliorate the risk of hearing loss that 22 million workers face every year from workplace noise hazards.

California Convicted or Indicted Physicians, Providers Filed $600 Million in Workers' Compensation Liens

XpertHR • August 26, 2016
$600 million in liens filed against injured employees' claims for workers' compensation benefits have been filed by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015, according to California's Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers' Compensation.

Illinois Freedom to Work Act: One State’s Reaction to Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 26, 2016
In an effort to address possible overuse of non-compete agreements by certain employers, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. The Act prohibits private sector employers from entering into non-compete restrictions with “low-wage employees” and renders any such agreements “illegal and void.” The Act applies to non-compete agreements entered into on or after the law’s effective date, January 1, 2017.

Illinois Statute Bars Non-Competes For Low-Wage Workers

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 26, 2016
Illinois has a new non-compete statute that bans the use of non-compete agreements with “low-wage” employees.
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