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It’s T-Minus Seven Weeks Until the New Overtime Rule: Are You Ready?

XpertHR • November 13, 2019
The holiday season is always a busy time, but this year will prove busier than usual for any employers that haven’t already finished preparing for the new overtime rules that kick in January 1 – just seven weeks from now.

Minimum Wage, Tipped and Exempt Employee Pay in 2020: A Rates-Only Update

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 13, 2019
Minimum wage laws can affect businesses of all sizes, whether operating nationwide, in multiple jurisdictions, or only in one state, county, or city. To help manage this challenge, below we provide a rates-only update that details scheduled state- and local-level wage increases throughout 2020 so employers can determine the minimum amount they must pay non-exempt, tipped, and certain exempt employees.

Is Foresight 2020? Employers Confront New Laws Taking Effect in the New Year

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 13, 2019
As the year draws to a close, employers are assessing the next wave of labor and employment laws and regulations they will face in 2020 and beyond. Most new laws taking effect at the end of 2019 and throughout 2020 are at the state and local levels, presenting compliance challenges for employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions. This article highlights labor and employment activity at the federal level, and summarizes some of the key generally applicable laws and regulations that will affect employers in the year to come.

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral argument on whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lawfully terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy. The Court’s decision in a consolidated case (Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Nos. 18-587, 588, and 589) will affect more than 700,000 individuals who came to the U.S. as children without proper documentation.

Healthcare Employers’ Title VII Obligations in Harassment, Discrimination of Employees by Patients

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2019
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires healthcare employers to protect their medical staff and employees from harassment and discrimination and respond to any such behaviors swiftly and effectively, even if the actor is a patient, rather than a coworker or supervisor. A decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit illustrates employers’ obligations when the harasser is a patient. Gardner v. CLC of Pascagoula, L.L.C., 915 F.3d 320 (5th Cir. 2019).

Disclosure of State Employees’ Birthdates Not Protected Per Washington Supreme Court

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2019
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled recently that state employees’ birthdates associated with their names are not exempt from disclosure pursuant to a freedom of information records request. In so holding, the Court strictly construed the applicable statute that did not expressly exempt birthdates from disclosure. Wash. Pub. Emps. Assn. v. State Ctr for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss. Private and public entities across the country that respond to countless requests for information may want to rethink their approach.
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