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June 26, 2020

Reversing Course, NLRB Holds Employers Have No Pre-disciplinary Bargaining Obligation

On June 23, 2020, the NLRB issued a decision holding that employers have no duty to bargain over serious employee discipline imposed before the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement, overturning a 2016 decision and returning to prior precedent.

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June 26, 2020

Rhode Island Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Driver Who Refused Reasonable Grounds Drug Test

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit alleging a violation of the drug testing statute brought against an employer that terminated an employee for refusing to submit to a reasonable grounds drug test.

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June 24, 2020

Ontario, Canada: In Significant Decision, Court of Appeal Analyzes Employment Agreement as a Whole When Evaluating Enforceability of Termination Provisions

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently rendered a decision pertaining to the enforceability of termination provisions in employment contracts, holding that the proper method is to analyze the agreement as a whole rather than on a piecemeal basis.

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June 10, 2020

The Netherlands: Employers Need Not “Wake Up” Dormant Employees

The Dutch Supreme Court issued a decision on whether “dormant employment” arrangements were permissible. The Rotterdam District Court recently issued a ruling on whether a “good employer” has to tell employees about this decision.

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June 2, 2020

Puerto Rico Governor Signs New Civil Code

On June 1, 2020, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Wanda Vázquez-Garced, signed into law Puerto Rico’s new Civil Code.

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May 26, 2020

Long Beach, California Follows Los Angeles and Enacts its Own Mandatory Right of Recall and Worker Retention Ordinances

The City of Long Beach, California on May 19, 2020 followed in the footsteps of Los Angeles City and adopted its own version of the Right of Recall Ordinance and Worker Retention Ordinance.

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May 15, 2020

The Netherlands: Doing nothing doesn’t pay, even during Carnival

Recently, the Court of Appeal in Den Bosch ruled on a case involving an employee’s claim for wages three years after she had stopped being called up for work.

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May 12, 2020

Key Legislation Emerging from Maryland and Local Ordinances to Remember

It is safe to say that spring 2020 will not soon be forgotten. While the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news and the attention of federal and state governments alike, the Maryland General Assembly passed several new laws affecting the workplace.

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May 7, 2020

City of Los Angeles Enacts Mandatory Right to Recall and Worker Retention Ordinances

Two new City of Los Angeles ordinances that the mayor signed into law on May 4, 2020 will force employers in certain industries to rehire laid off or furloughed employees in a specified manner, rather than at the employer’s discretion.

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May 7, 2020

Suffolk County, NY Enacts “Ban-the-Box” Law Restricting Use of Criminal History in Pre-Hire Process

Effective August 25, 2020, Suffolk County will join a growing number of New York jurisdictions in restricting the use of pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction history.

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