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Employers need to know how to respond to Zika, the mosquito-borne disease linked with birth defects.
A voluntary agreement signed on Aug. 1 between the Department of Labor and Subway—in which the sandwich chain pledges to force its franchisees to comply with wage-and-hour laws—is raising eyebrows among business advocates.
A bill that would make it unlawful to require military veterans to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to sue for discrimination based on their military status (A.B. 2879) appears to have died in committee.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has signed an amended version of the city’s Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act into law, a move that may not mollify critics of the original law.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an industry challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Home Care Final Rule. The decision lets stand a lower court ruling in Home Care Association of America, et al. v. Weil, allowing the rule to be implemented.
If you use an arbitration agreement to limit litigation, have your attorney regularly review the language in the agreement. It’s the best way to avoid completely defeating the purpose of having an agreement.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Minnesota employers, has come out against the NLRB’s interpretation on arbitration agreements.
If an employee sues, immediately let your attorney know if the employee signed an arbitration agreement.
The NLRB is at it again, this time overturning its own previous ruling that determined which employees can vote in a union election.

Finding an accommodation for a disabled employee is just always possible. There may be no practical way to accommodate some disabilities. If that’s the case, termination may the only reasonable option.

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased the price tag for employers that violate wage-and-hour, safety and immigration laws.
Employers can, and should, ask for appropriate medical documentation to back up requests for time off. If not received, the worker can be disciplined.
A study by the pro-union, nonprofit Century Foundation found that only 103 strikes were called in 2014, lasting an average of 35 days.
Employee wellness programs have become increasingly popular in recent years and they are mainly regulated under two federal laws.
Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.
Before a union election can be scheduled, the union must first obtain authorization cards from at least 30% of employees in a proposed bargaining unit.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and its president, John Dougherty, have recently purchased three quadcopter drones outfitted with high-resolution cameras to fly over worksites around the city.
Don’t expect any HR-related federal legislation to pass this year.
Bad news for employers that hope arbitration agreements might limit the cost and time required to resolve employment disputes.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed suit against Domino’s Pizza affiliates and three franchisees, alleging widespread violations of state wage-and-hour laws.
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