Bill Hines, managing partner of Jones Walker, was quoted in the NOLA.com article, “Office Workers Are Returning to Downtown New Orleans. But Is the 9-5 Back for Good?” Bill shares that the official return to office date for Jones Walker is scheduled for June 21, 2021, although the majority of attorneys and staff have started to return to the office.
The Louisiana Legislature has now sent to conference committee proposed legislation (SB 157) that would exempt the wages of certain nonresident employees from Louisiana individual income taxation, and their employers from withholding and reporting requirements, if the employees only worked in Louisiana for fewer than 25 days in a calendar year.
Mark Adams, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, and Jacob Pritt, an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, wrote the article “5th Circuit Rejects Disability Discrimination Claim Based on Alcoholism,” republished by HR Daily Advisor.
Jennifer Kogos, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office, presented “ADA/FMLA Update” at the virtual Louisiana Society of Human Resource Annual Conference on April 29, 2021. Jennifer reviewed the latest developments with the administration of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the interplay between the two laws.
Firm Ranks Nationally in Four Practice Areas and Regionally in 14 Practice Areas
As noted in our previous alerts regarding the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA subsidies and return to work issues, employers have until May 31, 2021, to notify “Assistance Eligible Individuals” of their potential right to subsidized COBRA coverage during the six-month period from April 1 to September 30, 2021
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 added Code Section 4960 to the Internal Revenue Code, which is intended to tax excessive compensation of executives providing services to tax-exempt entities. The limitations apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.
Late last month, President Biden fulfilled a campaign pledge by issuing his Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated its COVID-19 response plan. Last year, OSHA focused much of its COVID-19 related attention on healthcare, elderly care, and prisons. This new Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 and National Emphasis Program — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance shifts its
Maggie Spell, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office, authored the article “Pre- and Post-Shift Work Ignites Fire for Sprinkler Company,” published by HR Daily Advisor. Maggie analyzes a case decision made by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and explains the importance for employers to have clear policies for employees recording all time worked.
Jennifer Kogos and Maggie Spell, partners in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, presented at the HR Comply 2021 Virtual Conference hosted by HR Daily Advisor on April 28 and 29, 2021. The conference covered how to best face HR compliance issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Maggie Spell, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office, authored the article “Pre- and Postshift Work Ignites Fire for Sprinkler Company,” published by HR Daily Advisor. Maggie analyzes a case decision made by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and explains the importance for employers to have clear policies for employees recording all time worked.
In December 2020, we sent out an alert encouraging employers to start thinking about how to handle vaccine-related issues; but at that time, vaccines were hard to come by and there was no guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding whether employers could require their employees to get vaccinated.
Ken Najder, a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the New Orleans office, authored the Private Company Director article “The Role of Minutes in Protecting Companies and Their Directors” discussing the benefits of well-prepared minutes and how companies and directors can help shield organizations from a host of pitfalls. Ken explains the amount of detail that should be included in minutes and how to handle privileged communications at board meetings.
Chris Mann, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, authored the article “The Basics of Workers’ Compensation Fraud in Louisiana” published in the Louisiana Associated General Contractor’s News to Build On newsletter. Chris highlights legal and practical impacts of workers’ compensation fraud, statutory and regulatory systems in place to address fraud, and proactive steps employers can take to avoid these scenarios.