U.S. attorneys for the Southern District of New York and for the Eastern District of New York Damian Williams and Breon Peace recently announced a new policy that sets national standards for when corporations will receive credit and benefits for self-reporting misconduct to a United States Attorney’s Office (USAO).
Archives for March 2023
National Pay Transparency Bill Proposed
With states and municipalities across the country enacting pay transparency laws, a bill was recently introduced in Congress that would require disclosure of pay ranges nationwide to address concerns with pay equity. On March 14, 2023, United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the “Salary Transparency Act,” or H.R.
Beltway Buzz, March 31, 2023
The Beltway Buzz is a weekly update summarizing labor and employment news from inside the Beltway and clarifying how what’s happening in Washington, D.C., could impact your business.
Littler Lightbulb – March Employment Appellate Roundup
This Littler Lightbulb highlights some of the more significant employment and labor law developments at the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal over the last month.
At the Supreme Court
Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Proposes Changes to Permanent Heat Illness Prevention Rules for Outdoor Workers
In 2022, Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) drafted permanent workplace safety rules aimed at protecting workers from outdoor heat exposure. On March 21, 2023, L&I filed proposed updates to the rule that would broaden the protections for outdoor workers in Washington. This continued evolution of heat illness
OFCCP Updates Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act Hiring Benchmark
OFCCP has once again updated the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark. Effective March 31, 2023, the new veteran hiring benchmark (the percentage of total hires who are protected veterans that the contractor seeks to hire in the following AAP year) is 5.4%. This is a 0.1%
California Exempts Certain Airline Cabin Crew from California Meal and Rest Period Mandates
By: California Exempts Certain Airline Cabin Crew from California Meal and Rest Period Mandates
On March 23, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 41 providing relief for employers with airline cabin crew employees covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement (CBA) under the Federal Railway Labor Act and CBAs that
Employment Contracts in the Americas
In this How to Do Business in the Americas podcast series episode, Littler Shareholders Courtney Wilson and Juan Carlos Varela discuss the practical implications of employment contracts in the Americas and their interaction with non-compete agreements and confidentiality clauses. In this podcast, Courtney gives the audience a summary of
Conversations with Women: Littler’s Traditional Labor Practice
In this episode of our Women’s History Month podcast series, Conversations with Women, WLI co-chair Margaret Hogan talks with three Littler associates who have shaped their legal careers in the area of traditional labor. Listen as Kameron Miller, Ashton Hupman and Brittany Stepp tell their stories of being women attorneys
Jenny Yang Stepping Down as OFCCP Director
By Nicholas Santucci
Jenny Yang announced earlier today in a letter to OFCCP stakeholders that she will step down from her position as Director of the OFCCP, effective March 31, 2023. Director Yang will begin a new position as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Racial Justice and Equity
What can ChatGPT do for HR?
ChatGPT is literally everywhere, and it’s lots of fun. You can ask it to make Dr. Seuss-style poems about things. You can have conversations with it. And, most importantly, you can make your life as an HR professional easier.
How? Well, lots of ways. Let’s start with some of the
Iowa’s Governor Signs Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law
On March 28, 2023, Iowa’s Governor signed Iowa’s new statute relating to consumer data protection. Iowa joins California, Colorado, Connecticut, Utah, and Virginia in the ever-growing patchwork of consumer privacy laws across the country.
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2025.
Iowa’s consumer privacy law covers businesses that control or process personal data
Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2021 Construction Industry Fatality Injury Data
Construction and extraction occupations accounted for the second highest number of occupational deaths out of the total 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in the 2021 calendar year, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program. This marks an 8.9% increase from the 4,764 fatal work injuries reported in 2020.
OSHA Focusing Enforcement Efforts on ‘Vulnerable Workers’ at Construction Sites
Top leaders of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have detailed new and upcoming enforcement efforts to protect “vulnerable workers” (i.e., immigrant, minority, female, and lower-paid) who may be more vulnerable to workplace hazards.
OSHA’s Plans for the Construction Industry
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Directorate of Construction Director Scott Ketcham gave a review of the agency’s focus on the construction industry at the American Bar Association’s 2023 Midwinter Meeting of the Workplace and Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee on March 10, 2023