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Feb
12
2018
ASAP

President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal Signals Cuts to Labor and Employment Funding

President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 indicates the administration intends to scale back the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Workplace Policy Institute

Feb
8
2018
ASAP

Reminder: Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes into Effect April 1, 2018

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect on April 1, 2018. This new law requires employers with six or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees.
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

Feb
8
2018
ASAP

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018.
  • Global Mobility and Immigration

Feb
6
2018
ASAP

Kansas City, Missouri, Enacts "Ban-the-Box-Plus" Ordinance

On February 1, 2018, the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council passed restrictions on employers’ inquiries into, and use of, criminal record information.
  • Background Checks
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

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

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