Category Archives: Labor & Employment

Labor Department Announces Procedural Changes to H-2B Visa Program

In an effort to further streamline the H-2B application process and make it less burdensome for employers, the Department of Labor has announced procedural changes to reduce the amount of documentation to demonstrate “temporary need.” To get approval to hire H-2B workers, an employer must establish that the need for H-2B workers is temporary in …

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Can Employees Commute Tax-Free on Uber or Lyft?

Uber, Lyft, and their competitors, offering handy apps, responsive drivers and competitive prices, are fast becoming a favored commuter option.  Many employers either subsidize employee commuter expenses or allow employees to pay for commuter expenses through payroll deductions.  Under current law (Internal Revenue Code Section 132(f)) and regulation, these expenses can be tax-free (up to …

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Recent Studies Show Increasing Need For Employee Training in Data Security

Two recent studies show an increasing need for companies to better train their employees in data security to prevent data and monetary loss. On September 7, 2016, Wells Fargo Insurance released a study on cyber security showing some interesting trends in companies with $100 million or more in annual revenue. The second-annual study questioned 100 decision makers …

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Café Manager Seeks Class Action for Overtime Pay

A Chicago-based Barnes & Noble Café Manager filed a collective action on September 20, 2016 in federal court, Southern District of New York, seeking overtime compensation for herself and similarly situated individuals who have worked as Café Managers “or in comparable roles with different titles”, for Barnes & Noble anywhere in the United States. According …

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Twenty-One States Join Forces to Oppose the FLSA’s New Overtime Rule

As most of you know, in May 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited Final Rule modernizing the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar exemptions to the overtime requirements of the FLSA.  See our rundown of the changes in our earlier post here. The new rule is scheduled to take effect December 1, …

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Pokémon Go: At (Or Coming To) A Workplace Near You

If you haven’t already heard, Pokémon Go, a virtual reality app created by Nintendo and Niantic, is taking the world by storm. According to Forbes, the app is about to surpass Twitter on the Android platform in daily active users, even though it was first released just a couple weeks ago in the United States …

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OSHA to Employers: No Gagging Whistleblowers!

On September 9, 2016, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published new guidelines for approving settlements between employers and employees in whistleblower cases to ensure that those agreements do not contain terms that could be interpreted to restrict future whistleblowing. OSHA reviews settlements between employees and employers to ensure that they are …

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EEOC Transgender Case

Oklahoma and U.S. DOL Agree to Tag-Team Worker Misclassification Initiatives

As the effort to stamp-out worker misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act continues to run strong, Oklahoma is the latest state to join the U.S. Department of Labor’s Misclassification Initiative. Specifically, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission entered into a three-year Common Interest Agreement with the U.S. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, under which the …

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Employee’s Disparaging and Misleading Tweets May Be Protected Under NLRA: Holy Guacamole!

Retail employers dismayed by employees publicly airing workplace grievances in disparaging social media posts must think twice before taking disciplinary action.  On August 18, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) confirmed the finding by Administrative Law Judge Susan A. Flynn that Chipotle’s social media policy forbidding employees from posting “incomplete” or “inaccurate” information, or …

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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule Presents Challenges to Government Contractors

Last week, the FAR Council released its Final Rule implementing President Obama’s 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Guidance on the rule. Contractors need to take action immediately—the Final Rule goes into effect on October 25, 2016. The proposed rule was …

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