Recent news

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

USA: Workplace heating

Now that Winter is approaching, employers must be ready to comply with minimum heating requirements …

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USA: California poised to pass Senate Bill 1162 into law

If California Governor Gavin Newsom signs the Bill before the end of September 2022, employers with 15+ employees will be obliged to include salary ranges and median gender and racial pay gaps on job vacancies ads that are posted …

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USA: Tesla anti-union black t-shirt policy ruled unlawful by NLRB

The NLRB has ruled that Tesla may not impose an anti-union clothing policy …

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USA: DOL orders Wells Fargo to pay $22M for retaliation against whistleblower

DoL’s OSHA has found that Wells Fargo violated whistleblower protection provisions under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act …

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USA: On-demand pay arrangements – what is the catch?

It is becoming increasingly popular to pay employees at the end of each day for the work that they undertake on that day …

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USA: Nevada court rejects claim that off-duty marijuana use is “lawful” because it still is illegal under federal law

Although Nevada decriminalised marijuana in 2017, an employer may still lawfully dismiss an employee for being under its influence at work …

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USA: Nonfarm productivity declined 4.6% at an annual rate in Q2 2022

Although employment continues to increase, nonfarm business productivity decreased by 4 …

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USA: Light Duty Program excluding pregnant workers given the OK by the 7th Circuit

Rejection of EEOC claim that a scheme designed for employees injured at work should also be applied to pregnant workers and others injured outside work …

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USA: Major pay hikes in prospect for freight railroads

The National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents railroads including Union Pacific (UNP …

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USA: 9th Circuit says NLRB can order employer to pay union’s legal fees incurred in collective bargaining

Trade unions may now be awarded legal fees incurred during the process of collective bargaining …

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USA: New Jersey increases workplace poster requirements for employers

Mandatory workplace communications …

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USA: Massachusetts enacts CROWN act, prohibiting discrimination against protective hairstyles

Massachusetts has enacted a law banning discrimination based on hair texture and style …

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USA: New Maryland law – reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities

Reasonable accommodation for disability in Maryland must extend beyond formally designated individuals with disabilities – unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the operations of the employer [HB 78] …

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USA: Connecticut’s pandemic “hero pay” program goes into effect

Private-sector essential workers who worked in Connecticut during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have until 1st October 2022 to apply for up to a $1,000 payment from the Premium Pay Program …

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USA: Boeing defense workers ratify revised contract offer

The union representing employees at three Boeing defence facilities in Missouri and Illinois have voted to accept a 14% wage hike over three years …

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