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The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Are Commission Structures for Retirement Investment Advisers a Thing of the Past?

On Wednesday, February 9, a Texas federal judge upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial fiduciary rule for retirement investment advisers — just hours after the agency had asked to stay the case in light of President Donald Trump’s directive to it on February 3rd to conduct an “economic and legal analysis” of the … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms TRO – Stay of Travel Ban Executive Order Remains in Place

On February 9, 2017 a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a Federal District Court judge’s decision (TRO) to temporarily block the President’s Executive Order (EO) entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. Our previous update regarding the TRO, the current state … Continue Reading

Missouri Becomes 28th State to Pass Right-to-Work Law    

On February 6, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed into law SB 19, making Missouri the 28th state to adopt right-to-work legislation.  The law goes into effect on August 28, 2017, and provides that no employee may be required as a condition of employment or continued employment to become a member of a union or to … Continue Reading

Updates on Impact of Travel Ban Executive Order: One Week and Counting

Significant confusion has arisen in the week since President Trump issued his Executive Order (EO) entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States on January 27, 2017. Our previous summary can be found here. Following a frenetic week at U.S. ports of entry and international airports and increased litigation in several … Continue Reading

Los Angeles Joins Growing Number of States, Counties, and Cities Supporting “Ban the Box” Movement

  New ordinance prohibits private employers in the City of Los Angeles from inquiring about applicants’ criminal history before making a conditional offer of employment. On January 22, 2017, the “Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” ordinance took effect in Los Angeles. The ordinance limit the ability of employers to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal … Continue Reading

The “right to disconnect” in France – there is more to this than you might have read

If you’ve been compulsively checking your works email throughout the holiday season, why not take the opportunity to relocate to France? Since January 1 this year French workers have had the “right to disconnect” outside work hours, say all the Press reports, but the reality is slightly different. The new law lays down no absolute … Continue Reading

Gender pay gap reporting and legal professional privilege – what’s the link?

As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, having a gender pay gap does not mean in any way that an employer has necessarily failed to comply with its equal pay obligations under the Equality Act 2010. But this new obligation to publish pay information is likely to bring the issue of equal pay to … Continue Reading

UPDATED – Additional Executive Order Issued with Immediate Impact on Travel to the United States

On Friday January 27, 2017, the president issued an Executive Order (EO) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. The EO has yet to be posted on the White House website but the text can be found here. The purpose of this Executive Order, as stated, is to “protect our … Continue Reading

It’s Time to Update Your Workplace Safety Program to Meet OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Guidelines

On January 13, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its latest guidelines for employers to help them keep their workplaces “free of retaliation, including retaliation against employees who engage in activity protected under the 22 whistleblower laws” that OSHA enforces.  While adoption of OSHA’s recommendations is not mandatory, they are intended to … Continue Reading

Ohio Employer Alert: Weapons Policy Review Needed; No Local Sick Leave

During the December lame duck session, the Ohio legislature passed SB 199. Among other things, the law provides that a business entity, property owner, or public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting a person who has been issued a valid concealed … Continue Reading

A cynic’s guide to the draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations

So here they are, out yesterday, a strange parallel universe where months last 30.44 days and years 365.25, and where you don’t include pay for periods of leave except when you do. In past blogs here we have criticised Government Regulations and statutory Guidance as too vague, leaving employers unclear whether they are caught by … Continue Reading

Key new rules for employers posting staff to France

Foreign employers posting employees to France temporarily, whether to provide services for a client based in France or for their own sake or as part of an intra-group mobility programme, must comply with strict legal requirements.  These relate in particular to providing for those staff a set of mandatory employment rules applicable while they are … Continue Reading

California Employment Law Update – 2017 Is Just a Month Away

As we come to the end of 2016, all employers should be planning ahead for any changes that will need to be implemented in 2017.  For California employers, those changes may be extensive, as the California Legislature has been busy this year, passing several new laws that will impact California employees and their employers.  Although … Continue Reading

New Overtime Regulations Put On Hold – U.S. Federal Court Judge Enjoins Implementation of FLSA Regulations

As we reported previously, in September 2016, 21 U.S. states filed a lawsuit to enjoin the implementation of the long-anticipated Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations, which were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The states argued that the Department of Labor’s regulations (the “Final Rule”) would force states and businesses to … Continue Reading

Recreational Marijuana Use Legalized in Four States, But Employers’ Ability to Enforce Workplace Drug Policies Undisturbed

While the presidential election took center stage earlier this week, five states – Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada – voted on whether to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.  Voters in four of these states – all but Arizona (where medical marijuana is already legal) – approved the measures. The laws passed in the … Continue Reading

Arizona Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave for Employees and Minimum Wage Increase

The election results are in, and President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Secretary Hillary Clinton has the nation abuzz and undoubtedly will for the foreseeable future.  However, the Presidential race was not the only notable race or measure on the ballot.  Although the dust hasn’t quite settled from last night’s historic vote, there a number of … Continue Reading

FLSA OT Rule: Six Month Reprieve? U.S. House Votes Yes

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act [pdf], by a vote of 246 to 177.  The Act would delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white‑collar exemptions from December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017.  … Continue Reading

Is your Modern Slavery Act statement ready?

A reminder for those businesses caught by the Modern Slavery Act reporting provisions that the deadline for publishing your first “slavery and human trafficking statement” may be fast approaching. The Act imposes a new requirement on commercial organisations carrying on business in the UK with an annual turnover of £36 million or more to disclose … Continue Reading

Republican Lawmakers are Bracing for a Plethora of Last Minute Rules and Regulations During President Barack Obama’s Final Months in Office

Nearly 4000 regulations have made their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency in a mad dash by the White House to push through government actions affecting everything from gun control to nutritional labeling. With the current administration entering its final months in office, there is precedent that exists … Continue Reading

State Law Roundup: Illinois’ New Leave Laws and Non-compete Warning; Sick Leave Comes to Berkeley and St. Paul

Illinois passes two new leave laws; bars non-compete agreements for low wage workers. First, the Child Bereavement Leave Act, which became effective July 29, 2016, requires Illinois employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to two weeks (10 days) of unpaid leave to eligible employees who have lost a child (and 6 weeks … Continue Reading

All aboard or mind the gap – Employee representation on UK Boards

“…if I’m prime Minister, we’re going to… have not just consumers represented on company boards but employees as well” (Theresa May, July 11, 2016).  One part of that statement has already come true – Mrs May is now Prime Minister, but the other two – are these serious commitments or examples of those promises which … Continue Reading
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