Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the United States as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

USA: EEOC weighs in on NLRB protections for offensive statements

The EEOC has written an amicus brief to the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) concerning the use of “profane outbursts and offensive statements of a racial or sexual nature” in the workplace …

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USA: Supreme Court to take up pair of conflicting arbitration rulings

Two separate cases have been referred to the New Jersey Supreme Court to determine if a particular class of workers – interstate truck drivers – are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and, if so, whether the New Jersey Arbitration Act applies to them instead …

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USA: Immigrants will be denied visas if they can’t pay for health care under new Trump rule

Adult immigrants applying for US visas will now be barred from entering the country unless they are covered by health insurance, or can demonstrate that they have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs …

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USA: Temporary Protected Status extended for 6 countries

The U …

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USA: Uncertainty about the US-China trade war

Although the USA has so far appeared to be bucking the recessionary trend, the last four months has seen three cuts in the benchmark interest rate by the Federal Reserve Bank …

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USA: UAW members approve new contract with GM

General Motors has been able to cease the 6-week UAW strike and secure a labour agreement …

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USA: Court holds salary costs associated with lobbying activities are “expressly unallowable”

A company may not include the costs (including salaries) of anyone employed for lobbying duties, or the oversight of lobbying consultants, in their proposals for government contracts …

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USA: Cincinnati outlaws discrimination based on natural hairstyles associated with race

A proposal is being tabled before Cincinnati City Council to introduce a municipal law banning any request made to an employee to change their hair style …

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USA: Illinois employers must comply with Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act

The Illinois General Assembly has just passed its “Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act” …

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USA: DOL announces 2020 minimum wage increases for federal contractors

With effect from 1st January 2020, the federal contractor minimum wage will be increased from the current $10 …

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USA: California prohibits most “no rehire” provisions in settlement agreements

The California Governor has just signed Assembly Bill (AB) 749 that forbids the conclusion of termination settlement agreements containing a clause prohibiting the employee from ever working again for the company or any of its associated enterprises …

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USA: New York City enacts legislation clarifying independent contractor protection under Human Rights Law

Anti-discrimination protection under New York City’s Human Rights Law has always generally been interpreted by the courts to apply to independent contractors …

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USA: USMCA vote depends on Mexico budget for labor enforcement

The stalled US-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA) is hanging partially on the Mexican government’s true intentions with regard to its necessary associated labor reforms …

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USA: New California law mandates enhanced lactation accommodations and significant new penalties for employer non-compliance

California’s Senate Bill 142 will considerably increase the onus on employers to give time off to mothers with small children and provide suitable accommodation near their workspace for lactation purposes …

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USA: DOL issues final overtime rule increasing the white-collar employee salary threshold

It has now been confirmed that, as expected, the salary level below which workers are classified as non-exempt – and may thus claim overtime under the FLSA – will be raised from $23,660 to $35,568 a year on the 1st of January 2020 …

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