In recent years, perhaps no emerging technology has captured the attention of the public more than self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles. Once thought to be the stuff of sci-fi literature, AV technology is on the streets today, even if in a highly-controlled and regulated manner. In fact, my oldest son [...]
On Nov. 9, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told attendees at the American Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference that the Department of Labor's (DOL) priority is to create jobs. Referencing President Donald Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to reduce regulations, Secretary Acosta said the department can [...]
On Nov. 1, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that Jennifer Abruzzo will serve as Acting General Counsel for the government’s labor law enforcement agency, replacing the controversial Richard Griffin, who was appointed to the position by former President Barack Obama. [...]
On Sept. 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) handed employers a major victory regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the court ruled that a multiple-month leave of absence does not constitute a reasonable accommodation under [...]
On Sept. 25, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed William Emanuel as the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) newest member by a vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation follows the confirmation earlier this year of Marvin Kaplan, who was also nominated by President Donald Trump. [...]
Due to the disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced a 45-day extension for federal contractors to file their annual VETS-4212 Report (Report). The extension moves the original deadline to file the Report from Sept. 30, 2017 to Nov. 15, [...]
You’ve heard of blockchain. So have I. We are told it will revolutionize the world, or at least the financial and insurance industries. Only one problem: I have no idea what blockchain is. Really, I have no clue. Maybe you do, in which case you should stop reading immediately and [...]
Employers received great news on Aug. 31, 2017, when United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority by increasing the salary basis requirement from $455 to $913 per week. The salary increase represented former President Barack Obama’s last [...]
As discussed in a prior blog post, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new regulations in 2016 that would have increased the salary basis test for the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements. The new rule would have increased the minimum salary to [...]
USCIS recently released a new revised version of the Form I-9. Employers must use this new version, with a revision date of 07/17/17 N, by September 18, 2017. Until then, employers may use the old version, with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. [...]
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