Richard Griffin, the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) until later this year, sent a memo on January 31, 2017 to the NLRB’s regional directors stating that Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football players are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because “they perform services for [...]
Calling it an “unnecessary layer of government,” Governor Walker’s 2017-2019 biennial budget proposal calls for the complete elimination of Wisconsin’s Labor & Industry Review Commission (LIRC). LIRC has existed in its current form since 1977. [...]
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced on Jan. 31, 2017, that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the voluntary self-identification form for individuals with disabilities through Jan. 31, 2020. Other than the updated expiration date, the form remains the same and federal contractors should begin [...]
During his campaign to reach the White House, President Donald Trump promised to roll back many Obama-era policies. During the course of the last two weeks, President Trump appears to have started to lay the groundwork for doing so. [...]
Many clients have employees who need to travel for business or pleasure. The implementation of a new Executive Order this past weekend may cause employees to question whether they can or should travel abroad in the near future. [...]
In May 2016, the French legislature passed a rule requiring companies with more than 50 employees to negotiate with their workforce to establish hours when staff should not send or reply to emails. The new rule went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Widely known as the “right to disconnect,” [...]
On Monday, Jan. 9, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state in the country to enact similar legislation. Similar to the Wisconsin Right to Work law, as well as the “right to work” laws enacted in the other 25 [...]
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposed rule on Dec. 31, 2015, and recently issued the final regulation which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 17, 2017. The final regulation makes several changes that will benefit employees navigating the immigration process as well as their employers. [...]
Although a new administration prepares to take over in Washington, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to issue publications intended to better inform workers about their rights under federal anti-discrimination laws. After addressing protections for both HIV-positive and pregnant workers earlier this year, the EEOC’s latest publication – issued [...]
In a rare en banc hearing on November 30, 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals re-heard oral arguments in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, No. 15‐1720. [...]
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