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Feb
5
2018
ASAP

EEOC's Background Check Guidance Suffers Loss in Texas Federal Court

On February 1, 2018, a federal judge enjoined the EEOC and U.S. Attorney General from enforcing against the State of Texas the EEOC’s 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records.
  • Background Checks
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Feb
2
2018
ASAP

New Act in Puerto Rico Establishes a Special Paid Leave for Employees Suffering from Catastrophic Illnesses

The Governor of Puerto Rico recently signed into law Act No. 28 (“Act 28”), entitling all employees, including temporary employees, with up to six days of paid leave per year if they suffer from a “catastrophic illness.”
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation

Feb
1
2018
ASAP

State of the Union Address Reaffirms Newly Released Framework for Immigration Reform and Border Security

During his January 30, 2018 State of the Union address, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the administration’s immigration reform and border security framework.
  • Global Mobility and Immigration
  • Workplace Policy Institute

Jan
31
2018
ASAP

Massachusetts High Court Rules That Sick Pay Does Not Constitute Wages Under State Law

On January 29, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that sick pay does not constitute wages under the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Law.
  • Wage and Hour
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Jan
30
2018
ASAP

New Act Prohibits Employers in Puerto Rico from Using Absences to Measure Employee Efficiency and Performance

A new law in Puerto Rico provides greater protections for non-exempt private sector employees by prohibiting employers from using sick leave to measure employees’ efficiency in their annual performance evaluations.
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
  • International Employment Law

Jan
30
2018
ASAP

Maine Employers Must Ignore Off-Work Marijuana Use, Cease Testing Applicants

On February 1, 2018, Maine will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based on their use of marijuana and marijuana products, provided the use occurs away from the workplace.
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
  • Workplace Policy Institute

Jan
23
2018
ASAP

Deadline to Report Qualified Payments for Disaster Assistance with the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury is Soon Approaching

On January 18, 2018, the PR Treasury issued Internal Revenue Informative Bulletin No. 18-03 notifying employers that the sworn statement to report Qualified Payments related to Hurricane Maria must be submitted no later than January 31, 2018.
  • Employment Taxes
  • International Employment Law

Jan
22
2018
ASAP

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds That Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements are Subject to a Strict Enforcement Standard

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that a post-employment restriction limiting a former employee’s ability to solicit his former coworkers must meet a heightened "reasonableness" standard to be enforceable.
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets

Jan
19
2018
ASAP

Federal Agencies Issue Contingency Plans As Government Shutdown Looms

Unless Congress can finalize a budget by midnight tonight (January 19), the federal government will be forced to shut down due to a lack of appropriations. Federal agencies have begun issuing updated contingency plans.
  • Workplace Policy Institute
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice

Jan
17
2018
ASAP

Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury Announces 2018 Limits on Qualified Retirement Plans

On December 15, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury issued Tax Policy Circular Letter No. 17-02 announcing the 2018 applicable contribution limits for qualified retirement plans.
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Taxes
  • International Employment Law

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