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April 15, 2024

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies When the Federal Arbitration Act’s “Transportation Exemption” Applies

On April 12, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed whether the Federal Arbitration Act’s (FAA) transportation exemption—meaning the FAA would not apply—only relates to workers within the transportation industry.

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April 15, 2024

Phoenix City Council Requires Heat Safety Plans from City Contractors

The Phoenix ordinance creates the first heat protection scheme for workers in Arizona. Like most states, Arizona does not impose heat illness regulations statewide.

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April 15, 2024

Canada: Another Arbitrator Considers Interaction Between Canada Labour Code Leave Entitlements and Other Leave Entitlements

In Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta v Purolator Inc., 2024 CanLII 21937 (CA LA), an arbitrator dealt with a clash between the amount of leave days under a unionized employer’s collective agreements (CA) and the leave entitlements under the CLC.

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April 10, 2024

Prince Edward Island, Canada: New Paid Sick Leave Program

On November 29, 2023, Prince Edward Island’s Bill 106, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act, received Royal Assent. Bill 106 will come into force on October 1, 2024.

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April 4, 2024

Ontario, Canada Appeal Court Affirms That Invalid Termination Clause Does Not Invalidate Fixed-Term Clause

The Court of Appeal for Ontario affirmed the lower court’s finding that an invalid without-cause termination clause in an employee’s employment agreement does not invalidate a fixed-term clause, and that a fixed-term clause is not a termination clause.

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April 4, 2024

Ontario, Canada’s Divisional Court Confirms Unionized Workplaces May Pursue Human Rights Claims Before Labour Arbitrator or Human Rights Tribunal

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court rejected an employer’s argument that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario lacked jurisdiction to hear its case.

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April 2, 2024

Mexico Implements New Gender-Focused Protocol for Labor Inspections

On March 7, 2024, Mexico’s Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare published a Gender-Focused Protocol for Labor Inspections, designed as a tool for labor inspectors to assess employers’ compliance with the gender equality laws.

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April 2, 2024

México Pone En Marcha Un Nuevo Protocolo De Inspección Laboral Con Perspectiva De Género

La Secretaría del STPS publicó un Protocolo para la Inspección Laboral con Perspectiva de Género, diseñado como una herramienta para que los inspectores laborales evalúen el cumplimiento de las leyes de igualdad de género por parte de los empleadores.

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April 1, 2024

OMB Announces New Agency Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

On March 29, 2024, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published revisions to Statistical Policy Directive No. 15: Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (SPD 15).

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April 1, 2024

D.C. Circuit Clarifies Employer Communication Rights During Union Campaigns

On March 1, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit clarified the rules that apply when employers distribute information and observe employees during union campaigns.

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