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Latest NLRB reversal takes aim at ‘microunits’

The latest National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision reversing actions by the Obama-era Board hands employers a win against an organizing tactic that gave unions the upper hand in determining what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit. As was the case with other mid-December decisions, the Board turned the old standard into the new standard. On […]

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Browning-Ferris reversal calls end to uncertainty on joint employment

Employers confused over what constitutes joint employment have seen the confusion largely cleared up, thanks to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision issued December 14. The 3-2 decision overrules the Browning-Ferris decision, which broadened what could be considered a joint employment relationship. Under the Browning-Ferris decision, employers that had indirect—even potential—unexercised control over employees […]

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Latest NLRB action seen as demise of ‘quickie’ union election rule

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to seek public input on the controversial 2014 rule that sped up the union election process is likely to result in the rescission of the rule, according to an attorney who keeps a close watch on the Board’s actions. On December 14, the NLRB announced that it would […]

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North Carolina worker misclassification law takes effect December 31

by Patricia Heyen The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA), which will take effect on December 31, provides a mechanism that allows workers to more easily report—and state agencies to more easily prosecute—employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The new law increases the potential impact of worker misclassification, including higher […]

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Nevada domestic violence leave law takes effect January 1

by Deanna L. Forbush Nevada’s law requiring employers to provide victims of domestic violence time off, reasonable accommodations, and protection against discrimination and retaliation takes effect January 1. Requirements, definitions The state’s Domestic Violence Leave Act covers all employers. The law states that employees who have worked for an employer for at least 90 days […]

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Bill takes aim at forced arbitration of sexual harassment complaints

by Tammy Binford Arbitration, long a favored method of handling workplace disputes, would be removed as an option in sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases if a new bill introduced in Congress becomes law. Often, employment contracts contain arbitration clauses that require disputes to be settled through arbitration instead of litigation. Also, complaint settlements frequently […]

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Maine’s minimum wage law change going into effect January 1

by Matthew Jacobson Changes to the Maine minimum wage law taking effect January 1 mean that the minimum wage for tipped workers will continue to be $5 an hour instead of rising $1 an hour like the minimum wage for workers who don’t receive tips. Maine voters approved Question 4 on the 2016 ballot. The […]

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Overtime law changing for Oregon manufacturing employers

by Cal Keith Much of a new law affecting overtime pay in mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities in Oregon will take effect on January 1. In most circumstances, employers in Oregon must pay overtime wages after an employee has worked 40 hours in a week, but mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities also face a daily […]

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January 1 is key date for New York paid family leave law

by Angelo D. Catalano Employers in New York need to be ready to provide paid family leave (PFL) to eligible employees as of January 1. The PFL law, signed into law in April 2016, allows eligible full- and part-time employees to take payroll-deducted paid leave for qualifying circumstances such as a serious health condition of […]

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New minimum wage, paid sick leave requirements for Washington

by Cate DeJulio and Stephanie Holstein Employers in Washington will be required to comply with a new minimum wage and offer paid sick leave beginning January 1, 2018. Minimum wage As a result of Initiative Measure (IM) 1433, approved by voters in November 2016, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour on […]

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