Recent news

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

USA: COVID-19 restrictions reimposed

Employers are having to reimpose restrictions in more than half of US states due to a new surge in coronavirus cases …

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USA: Determining your FFCRA eligibility

The US Department of Labor has developed an online tool with the purpose of guiding employees in companies with less than 500 employees to determine if they qualify for extended family and medical leave to cover time off for reasons related to the COVID-19 …

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USA: NLRB redefines solicitation in Wynn Las Vegas suit

A whole industry has grown up in the last two decades of specialist consultants who operate, normally on a retainer basis, to dissuade employees from joining trade unions …

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USA: Bostock v Clayton County and LGBT rights

The recent US Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v Clayton County, relating to LGBT rights (see last Newswire), did not stop there …

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USA: New York State reduces amount of required paid voting leave

New York State has revised its election law to reduce paid time off to vote from three to two hours …

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USA: Union’s former IT director charged with $4.5 million fraud plot

Yet another case of potential trade union corruption has just surfaced – this time at the Operating Engineers Local Union No …

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USA: Class action alleges Lowe’s failed to protect workers amid covid-19 crisis, violated labor laws

An example of a nightmare claim in respect to the health emergency has just been submitted in California against the home improvement retailer Lowes …

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USA: Court says one ageist comment isn’t enough to establish discrimination

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has recently ruled that an employee was not dismissed due to his age, even though his immediate Supervisor had asked if he was too old to do his job …

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USA: NLRB says employers can discipline new union members

Since the “Total Security” ruling of 2016 (364 NLRB), employers have been obliged to backtrack on all disciplinary cases leading up to a collective bargaining agreement, by incorporating them into discussions with trade unions …

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USA: EEOC Advises employers: Do not require covid-19 antibody testing for employees returning to work

The EEOC has issued guidance determining that a requirement to take a COVID-19 antibody test before returning to work contravenes the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) …

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USA: OFLC announces extension of issuance of electronic PERM labor certifications through September 30, 2020

PERM labor certifications will continue to be issued via email (plc …

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USA: Minimum wage for H-1B visa holders could reach $250,000 a year

The US President is under pressure from aids and extreme right-wing GOP supporters to block the majority of highly skilled foreign workers from entering the US labour market …

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USA: Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance will go into effect with delay in private cause of action

Back on 7th May 2020, we reported that Chicago‘s scheduling (Fair Workweek) Ordinance would come into force on 1st July 2020 …

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USA: You can now wait until 72 to take required minimum distributions

The impact of retirement distribution rules made earlier this year are just coming through and impacting on older workers as they return to work …

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USA: Oregon’s minimum wage to increase each year through 2022

The minimum wage in Oregon varies according to three distinct bands …

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