David Jata discusses Jackson Lewis’ adoption of cloud communications provider 8×8 Inc, which it will implement across its remote workforce and more than 60 offices in “What Led A BigLaw Firm To Adopt 8×8 Comm Platform,” published by Law360.
Archives for May 22, 2023
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Spotlighted for Elevations in Q1 2023
Jackson Lewis attorneys are spotlighted for their recent elevations in “Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1,” published by Law360.
Labor Department Releases New Guidance on Agency Enforcement of PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has published guidance for agency officials responsible for enforcing the “pump at work” provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including those enacted under the 2022 Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act).
New Florida Law Will Require Private Employers to Use E-Verify Beginning July 1, 2023
Executive Summary: On May 10, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a new immigration bill, SB 1718. While the wide ranging bill has implications on a variety of subjects from health care, driver’s licenses and human smuggling, this alert will focus on its employment related implications. The new law places Florida among the 20 states that require E-Verify for some or all employees. Beginning on July 1, 2023, private employers with more than 25 employees will be required to use E-Verify for all new hires. Notably, Florida public employers and contractors have been required to use E-Verify since January 1, 2021.
Florida’s New Law Overhauls Public Sector Labor Laws Related to Dues Deduction and Labor Organization Registration
Executive Summary: On May 9, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 256, which overhauls Florida’s Public Employees Relations Act, implementing significant changes to procedures related to dues authorization and deduction, registration requirements, and certification procedures for public employers and public sector labor unions. However, labor unions representing law enforcement officers, correctional officers, correctional probation officers, and firefighters are exempted from most of the provisions of the new law.
Federal Government Signals Enforcement Priority Regarding Artificial Intelligence Tools in The Workplace
On top of last week’s Senate hearing into artificial intelligence (“AI”) featuring the testimony of OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued twin advisories about the potential dangers that the use of AI and new technology may carry for employers.
The EEOC issued a “technical assistance document” entitled “Assessing Adverse Impact in Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence Used in Employment Selection Procedures Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” (“AI Technical Guidance”) aimed at preventing disparate impact discrimination against job seekers and employees that might be triggered by AI or other automated software and algorithms.
And the FTC issued a “policy statement” warning that the increasing use of biometric information, including technology powered by machine learning, raises significant privacy and data security concerns and the potential for bias and discrimination.
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: Sharing Stories of Leadership Through Opportunities in the U.S. Military
In continued celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Littler’s Jennifer Maguire, Sarah Sorensen, and Daniel Kim discuss how their individual experiences in the U.S. Military – as a JAG officer, a military spouse, and an officer – shaped them as leaders, ultimately leading to careers in labor and employment law.
The Union Difference When Bosses Demand a Return to the Office
Bosses from CEOs to front-line managers don’t seem to like being alone in empty offices and darkened hallways. Most of them understood they could not force their employees back to work in confined spaces while the COVID-19 pandemic was raging. Yet, now that the pandemic emergency (but not all
California OSHA Indoor Heat Illness Standard Moves Forward in Standards Board Process
On May 19, 2023, in San Diego, California, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) received public comment regarding the proposed Indoor Heat Standard. The board took public comment and discussed the regulation on the closing day of the forty-five-day comment period.
Companies Are Taking a Harder Line on Union Organizers, Workers Say
Apple, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s and REI are accused of targeting union supporters after organizing efforts gained traction, charges the companies deny.
Minnesota Passes Bill Seeking to Ensure Minimum Wage for Gig Workers
Lyft and Uber have opposed the legislation, threatening to reduce operations or leave the state if it is enacted.
How Do I Work with a Difficult Boss?
A senior leader who is struggling with his new boss must learn how to handle the negative work dynamic.
A Movement to Make Workplaces ‘Menopause Friendly’
What is a menopause-friendly workplace? Women in cities like New York may soon find out, as U.S. companies adopt practices that were already spreading in Britain.
A Record Number Of American Workers Are Using Cannabis—That Doesn’t Mean They’re High On The Job
U.S. workers set a 25-year record in testing positive for marijuana use. Here’s why the results are misleading.
Companies Are Finally Designing Offices for the New Work Reality
When many companies were trying to get rid of their office space to save money during the pandemic, the architecture and design firm NBBJ was doing the opposite.