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Certificate of Relief: Reducing Employer Exposure for Hiring Employees with Certain Criminal Convictions

Recently, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted “An Act to Amend the Law Regarding a Certificate of Relief For Criminal Convictions” (the “Act”). The Act will become effective on December 1, 2018, and applies to petitions for relief filed on or after that date.

New North Carolina Law Decreases Protection to Employers

Since 2011, North Carolina has provided the opportunity for an individual who has been convicted of certain crimes to petition our courts for a “certificate of relief.” A new law that goes into effect on December 1, 2018, expands the availability of these certificates of relief while imposing some additional requirements on applicants.

Tougher Privacy and Data Security Protections Coming to North Carolina

A bi-partisan privacy and data security bill, which will significantly impact companies with North Carolina employees, is in the works. North Carolina State Representative Jason Saine (R), Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology, has joined with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein (D) to strengthen protections against identity theft in North Carolina. The unique pair are co-authoring a bill titled, “The Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections” (the “Bill”). Through the Bill, the authors desire to provide stronger protections, while at the same time avoid hampering innovation in the private sector.

North Carolina AG Proposes Stronger Breach Notification and Personal Information Safeguard Requirements

Citing to estimates in 2017 “more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were … affected by a data breach,” Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine announced on January 8 proposed legislation aimed at protecting state residents from becoming victims of identity theft.

Legislators respond to recent sexual harassment scandals by introducing bills to ban arbitration in sex bias cases

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, usually entered at the beginning of employment, to resolve disputes that may arise during employment. The objective is to address matters through binding and private arbitration rather than public litigation. Now a bipartisan coalition in Congress, including Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., is trying to make arbitration agreements unenforceable in any “sex discrimination dispute.”

North Carolina Confronts Misclassification: What Your Organization Needs to Know About the Employee Fair Classification Act

Starting December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Industrial Commission will have a permanent Employee Classification Section responsible for taking complaints about and facilitating the sharing of information among state and federal agencies regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The recently enacted Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) codifies provisions of an executive order signed in 2015 and, for the first time, requires employers to report their compliance in properly classifying employees with state occupational licensing boards and commissions.

NYC Issues Guidance on Upcoming Salary Inquiry Prohibitions

Effective October 31, 2017, New York City employers generally may not inquire about or rely upon a job applicant’s salary history in making employment decisions. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released an Employer Fact Sheet and a Job Applicant Fact Sheet to assist employers and employees with understanding the law.

North Carolina Business Court Addresses Consideration Requirement for Covenant Not to Compete

September 20, 2017 Author: Peter G. Pappas In American Air Filter Co., Inc. v. Price, No. 16 CvS 13610, 2017 WL 2797794 (N.C. Super. Ct. June 26, 2017), the plaintiff’s former employee signed an employment agreement that renewed automatically each year. The agreement contained a non-compete covenant. The plaintiff alleged that its former employee received consideration for each renewing year in the form of base salary, commissions and bonuses. Significantly, however, the complaint did not allege that the former employee’s salary or bonus was increased in conjunction with the alleged annual renewals. Id., 2017 WL 2797794, at *2. Therefore, in deciding the plaintiff’s claim seeking to enforce the employment agreement’s covenant not to complete against the former employee, the Business Court concluded that there was no consideration to support the agreement at the time of the employee’s resignation in 2016 and therefore, it dismissed the claim. Id., 2017 WL 2797794, at *7-8.

North Carolina’s New Employee Misclassification Law: What Will Be the Practical Effect?

Effective December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act, signed into law on August 11th, creates the Employee Classification Section of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This new Section will be authorized to receive and investigate reports by employees claiming to be misclassified as independent contractors, and to share information with other state agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Division of Employment Security, the Department of Revenue and the Industrial Commission.

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employee Misclassification

Most employers are familiar with legal issues surrounding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. Until recently, these discussions centered primarily around the decision on how a worker should be classified. Based on recent legislation in North Carolina, however, that conversation is shifting to account for the greater potential fallout from worker misclassification.

Jackson Lewis P.C. | Maryland | Maryland Employers, Are You Ready? New Sexual Harassment Law Takes Effect October 1 (September 12, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | Michigan | Paid Leave: Coming to a Michigan Workplace Near You (September 09, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | Michigan | From Ballots to Bills: Michigan Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Time Law and Raises the Minimum Wage (September 11, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | California | California Countdown 2018: Which Labor and Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign? (September 05, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | New York | Significant Compliance Challenges in New York State's Proposed Anti-Sex Harassment Rules: What Can Employers Do Now? (September 07, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | New York | State Appeals Court Expands Scope Of NYC’s Marital Status Discrimination Law (September 12, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | New York | Reminder: New York City Employers Must Distribute Fact Sheet, Post Notice on Sexual Harassment Law by Sept. 6 (September 06, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | Connecticut | Connecticut Continues to Extend Protections to Employees under State Medical Marijuana Law, Rejects Federal Preemption Defense (September 11, 2018)

Goldberg Segalla LLP | New York | New Legislation on Sexual Harassment Will Signifigcantly Affect the Handling of These Cases for Municipalities (September 06, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | Connecticut | Connecticut Court Holds That Refusing To Hire Medical Marijuana User Constitutes Employment Discrimination (September 06, 2018)