Feds Considering H-2B Visa Increase

In a budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Homeland Security this week, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reported that a decision on raising the cap for the temporary non-agricultural guest worker H-2B visa program will be made “very shortly.” The H-2B program is currently capped at 66,000 visas issued…

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Federal Agencies Post Regulatory Guidance

Today is the deadline for all federal agencies to post all of their various guidance documents explaining their regulations. As mandated by two Executive Orders issued back in October, the guidance, which includes letters, press releases, adjudication decisions and the like, must now be posted on searchable websites. The Executive Orders signed in October –…

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Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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Court Accepts End of Pay Data Collection

In a decision rendered earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved a request by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to close any further collection of pay data for years 2017 and 2018. The mandate for collection of the expanded pay data, which includes detailed information on sex, race…

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Court Upholds Salary History Ban in Philadelphia

A ban on salary history inquiries by employers in the city of Brotherly Love was upheld by a federal court some three years after the challenge was filed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week vacated a preliminary injunction that had been granted on…

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St. Louis Joins Ban the Box Parade

Last week, we advised you that the Maryland Legislature wasted little time before it overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Ban the Box legislation in the First State. Keeping in that vein, the city of St. Louis, Missouri approved its own ordinance a few weeks ago and became the third city in the Show…

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Maryland Overrides Veto, Bans the Box

Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”.  “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)”  prohibits employers with 15…

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Court Hears EEO-1 Pay Data Appeal

Earlier this week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments on the EEOC mandate to collect expanded pay data from large employers. Recall that the Obama administration updated its EEO-1 form to require certain businesses to provide pay data broken down by race, ethnicity and gender. The Office of…

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DC Disclosure Deadlines

Deadlines have arrived for two new mandates that business owners within Washington DC must be aware of. First off, the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) released a mandatory Paid Family Leave Employee Notice (PFL Notice) last week. The notice, required by the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) that was enacted in 2016,…

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NYC Bans Cashless Retail

New York City last week joined the parade of local communities banning retail stores from refusing to accept cash as payment when the City Council approved a local ban on cashless businesses by a lopsided vote of 43 – 3. The ordinance, which will take effect 90 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio who supported…

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