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November 20, 2019

Fall Regulatory Agenda Indicates DOL Wage and Hour Division is Working on Seven Regulatory Priorities

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its bi-annual regulatory agenda update on November 20, 2019. Of the 63 items listed, the Wage & Hour Division (WHD) included seven regulatory priorities.

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November 20, 2019

EEOC, NLRB, DOL Plan to Issue Rules Governing Joint Employment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor will all issue regulations governing joint employment, according to the federal government’s fall regulatory agenda.

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November 18, 2019

The ABC Test: California State and Localities Support Plaintiffs’ Appeal, Signal Aggressive Enforcement

The fight over the scope of the “ABC test” for determining the status of workers under California state law continues unabated.

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November 15, 2019

New York State Bans Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decision Making

As of November 8, 2019, New York State prohibits employment discrimination based on an employee’s or a dependent’s “reproductive health decision making.”

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November 15, 2019

Ontario, Canada: Human Rights Tribunal Awards $120,000 Award for Discrimination in Hiring Process

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently rendered its decision on remedy in a case in which it found the employer’s practice of requiring job applications to be permanently eligible to work in Canada as discriminatory.

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November 11, 2019

DOL Clarifies the Exempt Nature of Participation in the Department of Defense’s Skill Bridge Program

The DOL recently issued two opinion letters clarifying whether a service member participating in the DoD’s Skill Bridge program is an employee, and whether employers that participate are considered federal contractors.

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November 8, 2019

New Jersey Bill Would Bring California-Style ABC Test to the Garden State

Already a tough place for employers, New Jersey may be about to get even tougher. State legislators now want to make it even more difficult to satisfy the ABC test for independent contractor classification, with a new bill, SB 4204.

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November 8, 2019

Nevada Labor Commissioner Issues Advisory Opinions Clarifying Mandatory PTO Law

The Nevada Labor Commissioner issued two advisory opinions concerning Senate Bill (SB) 312, which, effective January 1, 2020, requires private employers with 50 or more employees in Nevada to provide paid leave that employees can use for any reason.

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November 7, 2019

Recent and Upcoming Changes to Oregon Pregnancy & Childbirth Accommodations Laws

Women with children are the fastest-growing segment of the workforce. Against that backdrop, the Oregon legislature recently enacted two new laws, changing and clarifying the rules governing pregnancy and childbirth accommodations.

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November 6, 2019

IRS Publishes 401(K) Contribution Limit Increases for 2020

On November 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2020 tax year.

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