Active Shooter Webinar This Morning

Sad but true, employers today must be cognizant of their responsibilities in a host of situations, including what they should do and how they can best protect their employees and customers in the event of an active shooter situation. At 10:30 this morning, August 19, the national law firm of Fisher Phillips will present: The…

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Competitor News

Major executive changes continue at Starbucks as COO John Culver announced he will be leaving the Seattle firm effective October 3. His departure comes in the wake of CEO Kevin Johnson retiring in April, General Counsel Rachel Gonzalez leaving in May and North American President Rossann Williams leaving in June. Culver has been with Starbucks…

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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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