Recent news

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

USA: OFCCP proposes codification of procedures for addressing alleged discrimination and defines statistical thresholds

The Federal Contract Compliance Office (OFCCP) has issued a notice indicating its intention to tighten up regulations concerning particularly statistical discrimination within potential, or current, federal contractors …

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USA: Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act brings big changes

The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act comes into force on October 1st 2020 …

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USA: Albuquerque minimum wage increased

The New Mexico minimum pay level is now US$9 an hour …

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USA: New Jersey becomes third state to ban discrimination based on hair

New Jersey has now become the third US State to enact a law that classifies any adverse treatment on the basis of hair style or texture as an act of racial discrimination …

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USA: Minneapolis enacts ‘Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance’ on heels of Minnesota’s Wage Theft Legislation

From the 1st of January 2020, employers in Minneapolis must conform with its new “Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance“ …

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USA: The 2019-2020 Judicial hellholes report on the worst jurisdictions for defendants

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has published its annual list of jurisdictions that are “hellholes” for defendants …

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USA: Justice department announces Procurement Collusion Strike Force

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just launched what it calls its “Procurement Collusion Strike Force” (PCSF) …

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USA: Illinois governor signs employer-friendly amendments to recreational Marijuana law

From the 1st of January 2020, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act comes into force …

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USA: Industrial espionage

Although it has been standard practice for companies around the world to reverse engineer competitor products, it would appear that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) will only seek to prosecute companies following such practices if they have connections with China …

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USA: Maryland prohibits noncompetes for low-wage employees

Maryland’s Senate Bill 328 was recently enacted …

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USA: Privacy bills

Two privacy Bills have recently been submitted for federal debate by separate Senators …

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USA: New York State prohibits employee discrimination over reproductive health decisions

New York employers must now take note of the State’s latest Reproductive Choice Law that was signed by the Governor on November 8th 2019 …

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USA: Nevada labor commissioner issues advisory opinions regarding paid personal leave law

The Nevada Law Commissioner has issued advisory opinions on the state’s new personal leave law …

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USA: Air Canada’s US-based workers ratify new collective agreement

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters trades union has ratified a ten-year collective agreement with the airline Air Canada in the USA …

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USA: GM sues Fiat Chrysler, alleging union bribes cost it billions

A federal racketeering lawsuit has been filed by General Motors at the US District Court in Detroit …

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