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Employment Law Archives

Department of Labor Withdraws Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors

This past Wednesday, June 6, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a press release announcing the withdrawal of its 2015 and 2016 guidance, formally called "Administrator's Interpretation" (AI), concerning independent contractors and joint employment.

Are Your Employees Up To Date On Their Cybersecurity Knowledge?

According to the recent IT Security Risks Survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab, 73% of companies have been affected by internal information security breaches, and the largest single cause of confidential data losses is employees at 42%. In fact, 19% of respondents said that at least one of their employees loses a mobile device containing corporate data at least once a year.

USCIS Requires Employers to Use New I-9 Form Beginning January 22, 2017

In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 for all employers to use when hiring new employees. Starting January 22, 2017, all employers must use this new Form I-9, which has been referenced as a "smart" form because it can be filled out online and includes drop-down menus, hover text with instructions, and error messages. Failure to use the new Form I-9 beginning January 22, 2017, may result in civil fines.

Wage-Hour Update: Latest on Salary-Exempt Status Litigation

In our blog entry dated November 23, 2016, Coolidge Wall announced that a federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction halting the Department of Labor's new wage and hour regulations from being implemented on December 1, 2016, as anticipated. These amended regulations purported to increase the threshold salary requirement for most exempt positions from $455 to $913 per week, which would have impacted more than an estimated four million workers throughout the country. Many employers were poised to implement changes in compliance with the amendments, and others had already implemented such changes in advance of the effective date.

HALTED! Court Stops DOL Overtime Rules From Taking Effect

In a somewhat surprising and certainly controversial move, a federal court in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction stopping for the time being the DOL's overtime rules from taking effect on December 1, 2016, as originally contemplated. Moreover, the court's order applies to all employers on a nationwide basis.

What Happens After a Charge Has Been Filed Against Your Company?

If you're unfamiliar with the processes of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), receiving a charge can present some confusion in addition to the stress already inherent in responding to a charge.

Tips on Conducting Collective Bargaining Negotiations

This is a difficult time for unions throughout United States. The percentage of private sector employees covered by unions is at a historic low. Even in the public sector, unions are under stress due to straitened economic circumstances facing public sector employers and legal challenges to the union's right to collect fair share dues.