Recently, the Connecticut General Assembly sent Public Act No. 22-24 (Substitute Senate Bill No. 163), “An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience,” to Governor Ned Lamont’s desk for signature. If enacted, the law will amend Connecticut’s employee free speech statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 31-51q, significantly limiting an
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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) aims to balance the dual policies of (1) ensuring fair and prompt enforcement of rights under employee benefit plans, and (2) encouraging the creation of such plans. To strike this balance, ERISA pairs comprehensive rules regarding fiduciary responsibility with federal causes
Stephan Swinkels talks about the challenges global law firms face in closing their Russia offices after the Ukraine invasion while complying with labor, immigration and sanctions laws.
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The California minimum wage is currently $15 an hour for employers of 25 or more employees and $14 an hour for all employers of less than 25 employees.
California law says the state minimum
On April 20, 2022, Mississippi became the last state in the nation to enact an equal pay law, when Governor Tate Reeves signed the Mississippi Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (“Mississippi Act” or “the Act”).1
Sometimes employers’ policies will require an employee to notify more than one person about taking FMLA leave. This can be for very legitimate reasons. It might be that an employee is required to notify a supervisor and HR. Or, an employee might be asked to notify a Third Party Administrator (commonly abbreviated as a TPA), in addition to someone at the company. Although some courts have upheld an employer’s right to require an employee to notify multiple parties about FMLA leave, others have limited employer options.
In 2017, California started its stair-step climb to a $15.00 minimum wage, allowing smaller businesses with 25 employees or less to raise their minimum wage on a delayed schedule from larger businesses. All employers regardless of size were scheduled to be at the same minimum wage of $15.00 per hour
For the first time since the NCAA issued its Interim Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Policy on July 1, 2021, the NCAA Board of Directors issued new guidance in an attempt to place some limits on the involvement of boosters in the rapidly growing NIL landscape.
The new guidance, issued
California is considering new regulations on the use of technology or artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job candidates or make other employment decisions. If the regulations become law, California would be the first state to adopt substantive restrictions specifically addressing this emerging, and often misunderstood, technology.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), on May 12, 2022, issued guidance advising employers that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic decision-making processes to make employment decisions could result in unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees with disabilities.
Speaking to the Institute For Workplace Equality during its 2022 Annual Summit in Washington D.C., personnel from the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor’s office (OFCCP’s attorneys) clarified the intent of the Agency’s new Compensation Directive 2022-01. Speaking to conference attendees, Beverly Dankowitz, Associate Solicitor for the Civil Rights and Labor-
Whether because of the tight U.S. labor market or flawed onboarding processes, many undocumented workers are becoming participants and accruing benefits in ERISA-governed employee benefit plans. Dealing with such plan participation adds yet another layer of administrative difficulty and legal exposure for employers who hire employees not authorized to work
The Great Resignation was in fact a moment many people traded up for a better-paying gig.