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Resource Update: Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – A Global Perspective

FordHarrison LLP • July 02, 2015
The intentional crash of Germanwings flight 9525 by an apparently mentally ill pilot into the French Alps this March shocked and distressed not just the millions of people who fly each day, but also the millions of responsible employers who strive to provide safe workplaces for their employees. In "Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – A Global Perspective," FordHarrison partner Sarah Pierce Wimberly discusses the difficulties involved in monitoring employees' mental health while balancing the compelling, but competing, duties to provide a safe workplace and protect employee confidentiality. For multinational employers, these difficulties are compounded by differing laws in the jurisdictions in which they do business. The article compares the obligations imposed by U.S. law to those imposed by laws in the U.K. and Germany, incorporating insight from Ius Laboris member firms in those countries. The article was published by Corporate Counsel magazine and is available on the In Depth Analysis page of the FordHarrison website.

Supreme Court Case Could Put Future of Public Sector Unions in Doubt

XpertHR • July 02, 2015
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear a case challenging the mandatory union dues that nearly all California teachers are currently required to pay. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the justices will consider the legality of a practice that labor unions consider crucial - collecting dues from all workers whether they belong to a union or not.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – The Department of Labor Releases Its Proposed Update to the White-Collar Regulations

Jones Walker • July 02, 2015
You may recall our previous alert regarding President Obama’s March 2014 memorandum that instructed the Labor Secretary to “modernize and streamline” the regulations on exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and warning you about imminent changes. Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) finally released the details of the long-awaited proposed rule on these exemptions under the FLSA. This proposed rule may impact your ability to classify your workers as exempt from minimum wage and overtime.

[CA] Independent Contractor Misclassification: The Hidden Trap of Outsourcing

Fisher & Phillips LLP • July 02, 2015
It’s a beguiling option. Companies that classify workers as independent contractors receive a number of benefits, including elimination of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, and unemployment insurance withholdings. Additionally, independent contractors are not entitled to overtime, double-time pay, or meal and rest breaks. The appeal of classifying workers as independent contractors can’t be questioned.

Your Rx for Complying with California’s Newly Effective Paid Sick Leave Law

Ogletree Deakins • July 02, 2015
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which Governor Jerry Brown signed on September 10, 2014, goes into effect today, July 1, 2015. The Act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Below is a round-up of some helpful articles covering all the details of the Act, including employers’ obligations and the latest developments on the new law.

Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Goes Into Effect July 1, 2015

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • July 02, 2015
On July 1, 2015, Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance goes into effect for all covered employers and employees. The Ordinance, which will raise the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019, was passed on December 2, 2014, and contains gradual increases for covered employees.
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