NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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Minnesota Court Upholds Local $15 Wage

Three years ago, the city of Minneapolis adopted its own local minimum wage in excess of the state minimum with a phase-in schedule bring the local wage to $15 per hour through the year 2024. Two days ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that ordinance against a challenge brought by manufacturing company, Graco.  The international…

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Court Approves Card Swipe Settlement

In mid-December, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted final approval of a $5.54 billion settlement in the lawsuit brought by merchants against VISA, MasterCard and the largest card-issuing banks. The class action lawsuit was initiated on behalf of merchants that accepted VISA or MasterCard since January 1, 2004 and…

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Federal Ban the Box Mandate Coming

It seems the federal government is slowly joining the many states, cities and counties around the country that are prohibiting employer questions about criminal activities in a job applicant’s history until a conditional job offer has been extended. With passage of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act in December (incorporated in the Defense…

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Other Restrictions Effective with the New Year

Elsewhere around the nation there are other laws that have taken effect with the flip of the calendar and we want to ensure you’re aware of them as well. Hairstyle or hair texture is now considered protected under New Jersey anti-discrimination laws after the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act)…

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A Caution for the Calendar

We read some great advice from law enforcement this week that we wanted to pass on to our readers. When signing and dating any legal or professional documents, do not use “20” to abbreviate the year “2020” – rather write out the full year in the date. Simply stated, if you were signing a legal…

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Much Year-End Action at NLRB

Despite approval of 2 articles of impeachment against the President this week in the US House, the more impactful news these weeks may be coming out of the National Labor Relations Board. Nothing will change when the impeachment articles are rejected by the Senate, but the NLRB has made some big changes that will reverberate…

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IRS Overhauls W-4 For 2020 Withholding

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the final version of the new 2020 Form W-4, retitled Employee’s Withholding Certificate, with major revisions designed to make accurate income-tax withholding easier for employees starting next calendar year. In addition, the agency has also launched a new online spreadsheet tool (the Income Tax Withholding Assistant for Employers)…

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New Booster Seat Safety Standard

Along that same line, a new federal safety standard for child booster seats will take effect on January 2, 2020. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted ASTM F2640-18 incorporating the new standards back in 2018. The new mandatory standard impacts the foodservice industry and seeks to address several hazards including issues related to attaching…

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New Overtime Threshold Effective January 1

Although it’s been in the works for years now and you’ve known about the final resolution for quite a few months, we want to remind our readers once again that the new overtime threshold also takes effect with the New Year. Beginning on January 1st, employees paid less than $35,308 on an annual basis must…

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