December
12
ASAP

Virginia Supreme Court Rules Sovereign Immunity Bars Private USERRA Claims Against State Employers in State Court

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently ruled that the doctrine of sovereign immunity barred a private plaintiff’s claim under USERRA against the Virginia Department of State Police.
  • Discrimination and Harassment

December
12
ASAP

Proposed French Law Would Impose New Due Diligence Obligations on Certain Employers and Their Supply Chains

On November 29, 2016, France’s National Assembly adopted the text of a bill that, if enacted, would create new due diligence obligations for large French companies regarding their subsidiaries’ and supply chain members’ labor practices.
  • Business and Human Rights
  • International Employment Law

December
9
Insight

City of Los Angeles Mayor to Sign Long-Awaited “Ban the Box” Law

Los Angeles’ mayor is expected to soon sign the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, which will prohibit most private sector employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional offer of employment.
  • Background Checks
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

December
9
ASAP

Restaurant and Business Leader Andy Puzder Picked to Lead the DOL

President-elect Donald Trump has formally named Andy Puzder as his choice to be the next Secretary of Labor.
  • Workplace Policy Institute
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice

December
8
Insight

An Early Holiday Boost to Low-Wage Silicon Valley Workers?: San José Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance and Accelerates The City’s Minimum Wage Increase

New Year will bring significant changes to the local employment laws affecting Silicon Valley-area employers, with measures aimed at reducing the expansion of the part-time workforce and increasing the minimum wage.
  • Wage and Hour
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

December
5
Insight

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements.
  • Workplace Policy Institute
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice
  • Employee Benefits

December
5
Insight

10 Considerations for Planning the 2016 Office Holiday Party

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and the vast majority of employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. Nonetheless, a holiday party can create unintended negative consequences.
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)

December
5
Insight

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Two recent EEOC lawsuits alleging disability discrimination underscore the importance of engaging in an interactive process with job applicants and employees and providing reasonable accommodations to those taking prescription drugs for medical conditions
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security

December
5
Insight

DOT Creates CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Imposing Employer Reporting and Query Obligations

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule establishing a new “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.”
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)

December
2
ASAP

Mexico Increases Daily Minimum Wage, Effective January 1, 2017

On December 1, 2016, the National Minimum Wages Commission unanimously approved two new increases to the minimum wage.
  • International Employment Law
  • Wage and Hour

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