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Maryland General Assembly Sends Paid Sick Leave Law To Governor

On April 5, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) which, if approved by Governor Larry Hogan, would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide their employees with 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually beginning on January 1, 2018. Smaller employers, i.e., those … Continue Reading

D.C. Universal Paid Family Leave Law Now In Effect

On April 7, 2017, the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (L21-0264) took effect as Congress’s 30 legislative day clock to overturn the Act via a joint resolution expired. As we have previously reported (here and here), the Act will provide workers in Washington, D.C. with eight weeks of paid leave … Continue Reading

NOW IN EFFECT: D.C. Law Restricts Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On April 7, 2017, the D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (L21-0256) took effect as Congress’s review period expired. As we have previously reported (here and here), the Act amends the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit … Continue Reading

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: More on CBP Searching Electronic Devices – What is Left of the Fourth Amendment?

As mentioned in a prior blog post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can conduct searches of individuals departing the United States, a fact that many are not aware of.  In fact, the rule that failure to declare monetary instruments in amounts of or over $10,000 can result in its seizure is applicable to … Continue Reading

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: All Those Announcements About H-1B’s – Is the Program Really Being Restructured?

Timed to coincide with the date when thousands upon thousands of H-1B petitions, subject to the quota cap limitation are filed with Service Centers of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, various government entities, talking tough, made announcements describing changes in how H-1B petitions would be handled. USCIS posted a notice “Combating Fraud and Abuse … Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only provides services to one business or entity.  In so doing, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Unemployment Insurance Board finding … Continue Reading

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