Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce Kevin M. Erwin has joined the firm’s new Riverside office as a principal. Kevin joins the firm from Lewis Brisbois and has more than 15 years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law.
Archives for December 30, 2021
Project Labor Agreements Coming to an Infrastructure Project Near You
Construction contractors and subcontractors that do not typically have exposure to project labor agreements (PLAs) should expect to see them as a result of the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which became law on November 15, 2021.
2022: The Year for Construction Employers to Get Employment Law Compliance Done
With the start of a new year, there is no better time to take on employment law compliance.
Labor Board to Revisit Standard for Determining Appropriate Unit for Bargaining
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it is considering adopting a more union-friendly approach in determining the appropriate voting unit when a union petitions for an election. American Steel Construction Inc. and Iron Workers Local 25, 370 NLRB No. 41 (Dec. 7, 2021).
Understanding the Multiemployer Pension Plan Construction Industry Exemption
The Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA) progeny, can create significant unexpected liabilities for companies that have agreed to collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) requiring participation in and contributions to multiemployer-defined benefit pension funds (often referred to as Taft-Hartley Funds). However, a special exemption is available to employers in the construction industry.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to Enforce Its COVID-19 Vaccination Rule, Sets New Deadlines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will enforce its COVID-19 vaccination requirement in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and other territories, according to an update released on December 28, 2021.
Avoiding Immigration-Related Litigation in the Current Labor Market
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unfilled job openings increased by over three million in the last year. The construction industry has been particularly hard hit by labor shortages, causing many employers to turn to alternative hiring sources, including recruitment and hiring of foreign nationals. This can be a consistent and reliable source of labor in an otherwise difficult market.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW “WORKPLACE WAKE-UP WITH JEN” PODCAST!
Jen Shaw is kicking off 2022 with something new – a weekly podcast called Workplace Wake-Up with Jen!
Hubert and Kee Present on Protecting Company Information
Tom Hubert and PJ Kee, partners in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, presented “Don’t Let The Grim Reaper Hack Into Your Trade Secrets” during the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel October CLE on October, 29, 2021. The presentation featured a discussion on proper techniques and best practices to protect yourself from trade secret/confidential information theft and from potential liability for trade secret/confidential information theft.
A New Year’s resolution for bosses: Abandon these 6 expressions
These phrases can undermine and de-motivate your employees.
Strong Labor Market in 2021 Faces Down Omicron Threat
Jobless claims fell last week and are trending near half-century low
Labor law landscape likely to shift in 2022 under Biden-era NLRB
A Democratic majority took control of the five-member National Labor Relations Board in August and the agency has already signaled an intent to do away with a series of business-friendly Trump-era moves and expand legal protections for workers.
‘The era of stuffing people into offices like sardines is over’: Costs rise as workers return to airier, cleaner offices
The cost of office maintenance dropped significantly in the pandemic when workers went remote and companies saved money on services like cleaning and security, as well as perks like dry cleaning and endless pantry snacks.
Employees are using up their sick time to avoid a toxic workplace
Misconduct, bullying and harassment in the workplace have been problems for employees long before the pandemic took hold, but while remote work may have gotten people out of the physical office, it didn’t rid employees of these concerning issues.
A workplace without women is a workplace without excellence
The number of women working outside of the home is the lowest it’s been in 34 years, a fact that should trouble all of us.