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Are You Listening, Really Listening, to Your Employees?

XpertHR • November 12, 2019
Many, if not most, organizations have methods in place to gather input from employees—suggestion boxes, hotlines, focus groups, engagement surveys, etc. But, are these organizations actually using this input strategically?

Who is the Audience for an Internal Investigation Report?

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 12, 2019
Too often, internal investigators mistakenly conclude that their reports are for the exclusive review of decision-makers. Sometimes, this may be true. However, more often than not, there are two audiences of which an investigator should be mindful – a primary audience and a secondary audience.

DACA's Future Appears in Doubt at Supreme Court

XpertHR • November 12, 2019
The Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case involving the Trump administration's efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protects 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants living and working in the US from deportation. But that could change if the Court sides with the administration's arguments.

Philadelphia’s Portable Benefits Plan Could Be Gig Economy Model

Fisher Phillips • November 12, 2019
Philadelphia is about to become the first city in the country to approve legislation that would create a portable bank of paid time off for domestic workers. And it could create the model for a similar blueprint that would aid the gig economy workforce if implemented on a wider scale.

Deck the Halls and Pack the Malls: 10 Issues for Seasonal Employee Hiring

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 12, 2019
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the shopping frenzy is about to commence. This annual phenomenon brings the hurried engagement of seasonal employees, with thousands of these retail elves helping manage the increased workload. While seasonal employees generally work for only three to six months over the holidays, their brief tenure raises several organizational challenges. To effectively meet these challenges, employers must take steps to hire, onboard, and manage seasonal staff in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances to ensure the retail season remains jolly long after we ring in the New Year.

Is “Fair Pay to Play” Fair in College Sports? What California’s New Law Means for the Future of Amateur Athletics

Ogletree Deakins • November 11, 2019
On September 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California legislation—Senate Bill (SB) 206—that would permit college student athletes to benefit financially (for example, from endorsement deals) from their names, images, and likenesses while still in school. Governor Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) sponsored, with much fanfare, alongside a high-profile professional basketball player and several former college student athletes. The new law is scheduled to take effect in January 2023.

New Puerto Rico Law Limits Employers’ Use of Credit Reports in Employment Decisions

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 11, 2019
Puerto Rico has enacted legislation to limit the use of credit reports in making employment decisions.

New Jersey Bill Would Bring California-Style ABC Test to the Garden State

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 11, 2019
Already a tough place for employers, New Jersey may be about to get even tougher. The Garden State is one of only a handful of states widely using the so-called ABC test, which makes it harder for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors. State legislators now want to make it even more difficult to satisfy the ABC test with a new bill, SB 4204
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