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The Potential Impact Of The Congressional Review Act On New Employment Regulations In Light Of The Recent Election

The Obama administration has finalized a number of employment-related regulations over the past few months, including rules on overtime, worker benefits, paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors, and union elections. Additional regulations may be finalized prior to the commencement of the Trump Administration. Finalizing a regulation does not mean, however, that it will … Continue Reading

Seattle Becomes Second City to Pass “Secure Scheduling” Ordinance

Seattle, known for its employee-friendly ordinances, has passed a law regulating how large retailers, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops schedule and pay their hourly, non-exempt workers.  Seattle is the second city, after San Francisco, to provide workers with scheduling protections.  The new ordinance will add a new chapter 14.22 to the Seattle … Continue Reading

Federal Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction Of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of OSHA Reporting Rule

Yesterday, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by several businesses and business groups regarding the anti-retaliation portion of OSHA’s final rule regarding injury and illness reporting.  As previously discussed in this blog, the final rule generally requires employers to submit certain injury and illness information electronically.  The final rule also enhances anti-retaliation protections … Continue Reading

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION: HOW FRIENDLY IS THE NEW FRIENDLY I-9?

On Monday, November 14, 2016, USCIS published the new friendlier I-9 form. Employers must use the new version commencing January 22, 2017, and can continue to use the prior version (dated March 8, 2013) until January 21st . USCIS announced that the “Changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer”. … Continue Reading

NYSDOL Proposes New Rules to Implement Minimum Wage Hikes

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor published a proposed rule amending the Minimum Wage Orders codified at 12 NYCRR Parts 141, 142, 143, and 146, to implement the minimum wage increases passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  The changes will be effective beginning on December 31, 2016, and will affect … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance from NY Court of Appeals on Standard for Awarding Punitive Damages Under the New York City Human Rights Law

The Second Circuit is once again seeking guidance from the New York Court of Appeals, this time on the question of the appropriate standard for awarding punitive damages for unlawful discriminatory acts under the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”).  The NYCHRL provides that punitive damages may be available where employers are found directly … Continue Reading

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