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March 21, 2022

Bill Seeks to Alleviate the Slowdown of Criminal Background Checks in California

Background check industry groups have mounted a full-court press to remedy the recent slowdown in criminal record searches in California state courts caused by last year’s court of appeal decision in All of Us or None v. Hamrick.

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March 17, 2022

California Fair Employment & Housing Council Proposes Sweeping Regulation of Automated Decision-making and Artificial Intelligence in Employment

Draft regulations would dramatically expand the liability exposure and obligations of employers and third-party vendors in California that use, sell, or administer employment-screening tools or services that use AI in decision-making.

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March 15, 2022

Federal Court Decision Protects Independent Contractor Status

On March 14, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas delivered a victory for businesses that utilize independent contractors, and for independent contractors themselves.

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March 3, 2022

California Employers Can Make Reasoned Choices as State Reduces Formal Workplace Masking Requirements

Effective March 1, 2022, there is no longer a hard requirement under the Cal/OSHA statewide Emergency Temporary Standard or any other statewide requirement for employers to require unvaccinated or fully vaccinated persons to mask indoors at work.

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March 3, 2022

Decreasing Prospects for Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage to $15

The centerpiece of the Biden administration’s labor and jobs agenda is an increase in the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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February 25, 2022

A New Benchmark for Bench Strength: President Biden Nominates First Black Female to the U.S. Supreme Court

On Friday, February 25, 2022, President Joseph Biden nominated D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court.

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February 25, 2022

Pennsylvania Agency Adopts New Rule on Tipped Workers and Calculating Overtime for Nonexempt Salaried Workers

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has submitted its final rule to update regulations regarding two distinct issues under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.

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February 14, 2022

The Fashion Industry Meets Human Rights Due Diligence: New York’s Proposed “Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act”

In January 2022, the New York State Senate introduced a bill that seeks to impose significant human rights and environmental due diligence and disclosure obligations on fashion retail sellers and manufacturers operating in the state of New York.

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February 11, 2022

Congress Passes Bipartisan Arbitration Limitation

This week brings a significant change for employment arbitration, as both houses of Congress approved a bill, Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R. 4445), which now heads to the White House.

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February 8, 2022

White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment Releases its Report

On Monday, February 7, 2022, the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment released its long-awaited report detailing nearly 70 recommendations for revising our nation’s labor laws and regulations.

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