West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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DOL Reinstitutes Opinion Letters on FLSA

It’s been over a decade since the US Department of Labor (DOL) abandoned its long practice of issuing opinion letters in response to employer questions on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) application. Back in 2009, DOL changed that historic approach to resolving issues relating FLSA and began suing employers as the primary approach to enforcing…

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Face Coverings around the Footprint

There were only a handful of locations mandating face coverings just a few months ago, but now it is more the rule than the exception. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida are just the latest to now mandate facemasks be worn in public as the virus continues to spike in a number of southern and…

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Worker Screening or Temperature Checks

As more restaurants and other business establishments re-open in phases under new rules for employee and customer safety, it is imperative that business owners stay aware of their new obligations and fully comprehend the procedures and consequences of actions and/or inactions in your state. In that vein, we would advise you that approximately half of…

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Colorado Bans Non-Cage-Free Eggs

In what will inevitably increase the costs of eggs over the long haul, Colorado Governor Jared Polis last week signed into law a bill prohibiting the sale of conventionally produced eggs beginning in 2025. The legislation was passed to ward off an effort by animal liberation activists to put a more restrictive measure on the…

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Another Bite of the aPPPle

Both branches of Congress this week passed emergency legislation extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program for another month plus. In a surprise move, the republican-led Senate initiated the extension when it passed a bill on Tuesday night postponing the June 30 deadline an additional five weeks until August 8. That move was…

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Biz Help Gets Court OK on Joint Employer

A half-dozen business advocacy groups got the judicial OK this week to intervene in defending the Department of Labor (DOL) joint employer definition and the regulatory test pertaining thereto.  A federal judge sitting on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the request of the US Chamber of Commerce, the…

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No Further Extensions of Tax Day

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service this week put an end to any further speculation that the government may delay again the July 15 due date for filing 2019 tax returns and payment of 2019 taxes owed. The IRS will not further extend the tax filing and payment deadline past July 15,…

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Court Decisions of Note

Speaking of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Supreme Court early this month upheld the standard of “severe and pervasive” as applies to a threshold determination of sexual harassment claims, but it also whittled away some of the standard’s foundation. The court pronounced the Minnesota Human Rights Act more expansive and protective than federal Title VII protections…

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SCOTUS Confirms Protection for LGBTQ Workers

Early this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision extending anti-discrimination protections in the workplace to gay and trans-gender employees. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court confirmed that federal law protecting employees from harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex extends to include both…

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