Beware of Background Check Disclosure Risks

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12/31/2015Caramore, Megan

Authored by Megan B. Caramore Are the background check disclosure forms used as part of your hiring process exposing you to risk of litigation? Perhaps. A number of class action suits are currently pending on this issue. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that employers disclose to applicants and employees whether a consumer report may… Read more »

Call the Doctor: Executive Order Establishes New Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors

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12/29/2015Vandeventer Black

Authored by Ashley P. Holmes On September 7, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order establishing paid sick leave requirements for federal contractors. Under the executive order, executive departments and agencies that contract with federal contractors will require that employees of federal contractors and lower-tier subcontractors earn at least one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every… Read more »

USCIS Launches Spanish-Language Version of “My E-Verify”

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12/15/2015Ostroff, Gretchen M.

Authored by Gretchen M. Ostroff Late last year, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (“USCIS”) launched myE-Verify, a website tool for individuals seeking employment in the U.S. myE-Verify allows individuals to set up free and secure personal accounts to manage their employment eligibility information and includes a “Self Check” feature, enabling prospective workers to verify their own employment eligibility status… Read more »

Unity in Condemnation Actions

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12/07/2015Vandeventer Black

Attorneys Norman W. Shearin and Ashley P. Holmes recently authored an article on “Unity in Condemnation Actions” for The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, which is a publication of  the American Law Institute (ALI). Click here to read the full article.  This article has been republished with permission from ALI CLE.

Five Things You Should Know About DoD Cybersecurity Regulations

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11/24/2015Lowenstein, Neil S.

Authored by Neil Lowenstein and Blake Christopher In 2007, a preeminent American defense contractor first reported cyber attacks emanating from China. Four years later, upon a visit by then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Chinese Air Force revealed a fighter jet unnervingly similar to the one manufactured by the hacked American contractor. More recently, the FBI… Read more »

Potential Changes…New Overtime Rules Proposed by Department of Labor

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11/24/2015Lowenstein, Neil S.

Authored by Neil Lowenstein Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) published new proposed rules for FLSA overtime requirements. The following are some important items to note from the proposal: Increasing the salary threshold from $23,660/year to $50,400/year [40th percentile]. Increasing the “highly compensated” threshold from $100,000/year to $122,148/year [90th percentile]; and Automatically increasing the… Read more »

Don’t Let Your Intern Become a Nightmare

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11/17/2015Paul, Dustin M.

Authored by Dustin Paul The end of school and the start of summer can provide students a rare opportunity to experience life in the workplace.  Many students have traded summer jobs like lifeguard or ice cream scooper for more educational experiences, like internships.  The idea of having a young man or woman around your workplace… Read more »

Provision Agreeing to Not Challenge Arbitration Award Voided by Georgia Court

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11/13/2015Lowenstein, Neil S.

An increasingly popular arbitration clause provision is language purporting to waive later challenge to the arbitration award. In a recent decision in Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, Inc. v. R.G. Williams Constr., Inc., 733 S.E.2d 868 (April 2015), the Georgia Court of Appeals held such waiver void and unenforceable. While that court recognized the general fundamental… Read more »

Changes . . . New Overtime Rules Published by Department of Labor

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11/10/2015Lowenstein, Neil S.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) published new proposed rules for FLSA overtime requirements. Among the proposed rules, DOL has proposed: Increasing the salary threshold from $23,660/year to $50,400/year [40th percentile]. Increasing the “highly compensated” threshold from $100,000/year to $122,148/year [90th percentile]; and Automatically increasing the thresholds to “keep pace with inflation.” The… Read more »

It Pays to Notice

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11/10/2015Nicholas, Edward E.

Authored by Ned Nicholas As you review the contract for the work that will occupy half your workforce for the next two years you see that there are provisions requiring your company to give notice within a specified period of time as a condition to receiving additional compensation for extra or to make a claim for… Read more »