Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protections to Private Employees
On March 5, 2014, the Supreme Court held that the employees of private contractors and subcontractors who perform work for public companies are entitled to whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. To read more
Non-Union Employees Have the Right to Strike
Many non-union employers do not believe that their employees can strike -- and if it happens they tend to react in illegal ways, like threatening employees or even discharging them. The National Labor Relations Board, in a recent decision, reiterated that non-union employees, in fact, do have the right to strike. To read more
EEOC Issues Guide On Religious Garb and Grooming In the Workplace
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a question-and-answer guide on employer responsibilities under Title VII regarding religious dress and grooming in the workplace. For more, click here. According to the EEOC, the guide “answers questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, and what steps employers can take to meet their legal responsibilities in this area.” To read more
FLSA – President Plans to Limit White-Collar Exemptions from Overtime.
President Obama has issued a Presidential Memorandum, directing the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations, specifically with regard to the “white-collar” exemptions for certain executive, administrative and professional employees. To read more
NLRB – College Scholarship Athletes Can Unionize.
In a “game-changing” opinion by a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board, Northwestern University, scholarship football players at Northwestern University were deemed to be “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act, and are therefore able to unionize. To read more
NLRB – Union Cannot Waive Certain Employee Rights.
The National Labor Relations Board has held that the Union cannot waive, through a collective bargaining agreement, the right of employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act to engage in certain protected concerted activity regarding the terms and condition of employment. To read more
New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave.
Effective April 1, New York City has expanded its sick leave law to require virtually all New York City employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave. To read more
NLRB – Protected Concerted Activity.
The National Labor Relations Board held that a supervisor’s statements conveying displeasure with an employee’s protected concerted activity violated Section 8(a)(1) the National Labor Relations Act, which provides that it is an unfair labor practice to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of their protected rights. To read more
TOP TIP: EEOC and FTC Issue Technical Assistance Document on Background Checks.
The EEOC and FTC have jointly issued technical assistance documents for employers and employees intended to inform them about compliance with federal antidiscrimination laws and the Fair Credit Reporting Act when background checks are conducted. To read more
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