Recent news

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

USA: Offers to collect mail ballots could invalidate union elections – NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has long considered the handling of voter ballots by either party in trade union ballots to be objectionable conduct …

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USA: Biden administration moves to protect Myanmar nationals residing in US

Burmese/Mayanmar nationals will now be able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if they have been continuously physically present in the United States since 25th May 2021 …

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USA: FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The Federal Food and Drug Administration is seemingly poised to place a ban on the sale of menthol and other flavoured cigarettes and cigars over the coming year …

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USA: UAW rejects tentative agreement with Volvo trucks north America

In spite of heavy investment in their New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia and the creation of 1,000 jobs since 2016, Volvo has been having repeated problems with the Auto Workers Union (UAW) …

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USA: Ban on hairstyle discrimination

A ban on hairstyle discrimination is being introduced in the next few months within three States …

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USA: Vaccine status is a protected characteristic in Montana

Employers in Montana must now take note of House Bill 702 …

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USA: Illinois wage payment and collection act (IWPCA)

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) is important because it requires employers to deviate from the common practice elsewhere of paying employees once at the end of each month …

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USA: Weapons in the workplace

Arkansas employers will, from 29th July 2021, have limited rights concerning firearms in the workplace …

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USA: Biden administration will expand union rights for 46,000 TSA officers

46,000 US frontline airport security screening staff are to be given the right to have their employment terms and conditions set through collective agreement …

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USA: EEOC updates guidance on COVID-19 vaccination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new set of guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace …

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USA: Fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks indoors and outdoors, CDC says

The CDC has announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear face masks or practice social distancing, except in a number of specific circumstances and where State or municipal orders so dictate …

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USA: OSHA guidance on how to manage hot working conditions

Employers requiring workers to be exposed to high outdoor or indoor temperatures should note that high temperatures alone led to 43 US deaths in 2019 …

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USA: Oregon subminimum wage for workers with disabilities increases to $10.75 from July 2021

Under Oregon Senate Bill 494, from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022, an employer may not employ (or agree to employ) an employee with disabilities at an hourly rate lower than $10 …

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USA: Illinois expands scope of the Employee Sick Leave Act

For sometime, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act has allowed an employee to use their own sick leave entitlements to attend to a family members sickness or injury …

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USA: Overseas Americans may travel back to US on expired passports – for now

Until 31st December 2021, US citizens who are currently overseas and whose passports expired on or after 1st January 2020, may use those passports for direct return travel to the US – although certain limitations will apply …

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