Labor & Employment

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule on Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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04/27/2016Bibeau Anne G.

Authored by Anne Bibeau The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.” The EO requires that for federal contracts issued on or after January 1, 2017, federal contractors and subcontractors must provide their employees… Read more »

Driver Privacy Act Now Protects Information Contained Within Your Vehicle

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02/29/2016Vandeventer Black

Authored by Spencer Guld On December 4th, 2015, President Obama signed the Driver Privacy Act of 2015, which was enacted to address privacy concerns for data collected in a car’s event data recorder (EDR). The purpose of the Act was to ensure that contained in an EDR information could not be freely accessed by anyone other… Read more »

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 »

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 »

You’re About to Get Ambushed

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04/28/2015Bibeau Anne G.

Authored by attorney Anne G. Bibeau They’re here. For a brief period it appeared the danger had been averted, but no. The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) “ambush” election—also known as “quickie” election—rules go into effect on April 14, 2015. The NLRB’s new rules will dramatically accelerate union elections. Whereas previously it could take upwards… Read more »

New Updates to Cobra Notices Include Affordable Care Act Information

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12/28/2014Rixey, James B.

Authored by attorney Jay Rixey The U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration recently announced updates to its model notices informing employees of their eligibility to continue health care coverage at the end of their employment through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).  The purpose of the changes is to include information related to the Affordable… Read more »

Joint Ventures & Double BPOL

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05/16/2013Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

Authored by attorney Geoffrey G. Hemphill There are many reasons to use a joint venture to bid on a construction project. One potential negative consequence seen recently is the threat of paying the business license tax twice. And as Seinfeld taught us, double dipping is bad and should be avoided. The Virginia Business Professional and… Read more »