New Wage & Hour Nominee

In the wake of the US Senate defeating his nomination of David Weil for another term as the administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the Department of Labor, President Biden has finally put forth a new nomination for the position. Jessica Looman, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota…

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Senate Wants EIDL Money Spent

Last week, as the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it would be releasing the remaining $180 Million in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), the Small Business Committee in the US Senate was reiterating a call for the SBA to also release the remaining $800 Million still available in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.…

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New E-Verify Enrollment Process

A few weeks ago, we advised of a Social Security Administration email alert regarding E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations (mismatches) no longer being available after July 15. On Wednesday of this week, E-Verify updated the Initial Enrollment process which includes new screens to ensure consistency with other updated pages in E-Verify. As a result, there will be…

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NY Launches Harassment Hotline

A few weeks ago, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a new toll-free confidential hotline for reporting sexual harassment at the workplace. The hotline, which will be administered by the New York State Department of Human Rights (NYSDHR), was authorized by legislation signed into law back in March. The hotline (1-800-HARASS-3) went…

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Seattle, Taxing and Capping

We don’t too often cover a lot of what is happening out in the far Pacific Northwest, but two recent issues are and/or may become more relevant as time passes. First, Seattle just last week became the latest city to impose a permanent cap on delivery fees. Mayor Bruce Harrell signed an ordinance into law…

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Revisiting Poster Requirements

It may seem inconsequential at first blush, but employers must remain diligent in displaying labor law posters and the like as required by federal, state and local governments. Earlier this month, New Jersey adopted new regulations regarding the posting of civil rights notices in places of public accommodation. One change that can be viewed in…

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Economic Trends

The curse of inflation continues to haunt the US economy with the Consumer Price Index showing no change month to month, but up 8.5% in July over July 2021. Overall prices were flat through July, with falling gasoline prices skewing the picture. Core CPI, which strips out food and energy prices, climbed 5.9% annually and…

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Upcoming Events

You want to be sure to register soon for next Friday, August 19 when Fisher Phillips will host a free webinar from 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon EDT. The program is entitled The Unfortunate Reality: Training for Active Shooters in the Workplace and couldn’t be more timely with mass shootings sadly becoming more commonplace. The…

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SBA to Release Remaining RRF Funds

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) confirmed this week that there remains approximately $180 Million in the closed Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and it will soon begin distributing those funds to qualified restaurants. The RRF, launched in 2021 to counter the devastation that the pandemic heaped upon the restaurant industry, was initially funded to…

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NLRB Dismisses Starbucks Complaint

In a surprise to absolutely nobody on the union front, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week rejected the unfair labor practice complaint that Starbucks had filed against the Starbuck Workers United union. The complaint, one of only two that the company has filed against the union, stems from an unsuccessful effort to unionize…

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