NLRB Signs Up Another Partner

Viewing employers as a potential (or maybe even, likely) enemy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to sign Memoranda of Understanding MOU with different federal agencies.  The latest agreement was signed this week by NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo and Jonathan Kanter, assistant attorney general and head of the antitrust division of the…

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New York Launching Wage Theft Portal

In a similar vein, New York has been stepping up efforts to seek felony convictions of businesses accused of wage theft in the Empire State. Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James last week announced that the state Wage Theft Task Force had secured charges against a dozen businesses – including some restaurants – and…

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Report Calls for More Data Collection

A report commissioned by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was released yesterday and calls for an expansion of data collection by the agency. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) analyzed the expanded EEO-1 data that was collected by EEOC from private employers and federal contractors for reporting years 2017 to…

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Court Adds Travel Time to Paychecks

The Maryland Supreme Court ruled this month that hourly employees must be compensated for time spent traveling from one workplace to another under certain circumstances. The court determined that the federal Portal-to-Portal Act, which provides that travel to and from a primary worksite is generally non-compensable, was never adopted in Maryland. Conversely, Maryland wage laws…

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18th State Enacts CROWN Act

The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair or CROWN Act continues to win favor with state legislatures across the country and Massachusetts became the latest this week as Governor Charlie Baker signed H.4554 into law on Tuesday. The legislation, which has now been adopted in 18 states around the country, was first…

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Bereavement Leave Law Expanded

There may still be a few months to prepare for its implementation, but Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). Under the amendments, which become effective on January 1, 2023, the definition of family members covered by the FBLA is…

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Giving Tax Credits for Union Dues

Continuing to kowtow to organized labor, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new FY 2023 state budget into law earlier this month that includes an opportunity to enact the Workers Tax Fairness Credit, an unprecedented income tax credit for union members who pay dues to union organizations. Although Newsom has already been praised by labor…

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Upcoming Events

Sadly, it is a sign of the times, but you may find an upcoming free webinar sponsored by the law firm of Fisher Phillips well worth your time. The Unfortunate Reality: Training for Active Shooters in the Workplace will be held on Friday, August 19 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon EDT. The program will…

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SSA Issues E-Verify Alert

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) this week issued an email alert advising that the extended timeframes authorized on March 20, 2020 for employees to resolve SSA and E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations (mismatches) will no longer be available as of last Friday, July 15, 2022. As of that date, the SSA resumed normal operations regarding E-Verify…

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NLRB Partners with FTC

Earlier this week, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two federal agencies pledging cooperation to promote fair competition and advance workers’ rights. Signed by NLRB GC Jennifer Abruzzo and FTC Chair Lina Kahn, the MOU…

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