Recent news

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

USA: Judge rejects rules limiting H-1B visas

The two Trump administration rules for H-1B visas – minimum salary thresholds and restricting their use to specialty occupations, have just been rejected by a federal judge …

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USA: “Distracted driving” laws

Employers should ensure that all staff in charge of vehicles are alerted to a change in the “distracted driving” laws …

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USA: Is travel time compensable worktime?

The US Department of Labor has been trying to give practical guidance on what constitutes worktime when an employee has to travel to a worksite that is not a fixed or conventional one …

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USA: Starbucks raises wages by 10%

With effect from 14th December 2020, baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants in the coffee chain, Starbucks, will receive a gross pay increase of at least 10% if they were hired on or before 24th September 2020 …

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USA: DHS extends Form I-9 requirement flexibility

Continued flexibility now exists on the part of the Department of Homeland Security in respect to Form 1-9 employment verification requirements …

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USA: California provides additional guidance on employee pay data reporting

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has released 16 new FAQs regarding employers’ requirements to file employee compensation data with the State beginning in March of next year …

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USA: Cal/OSHA adopts emergency COVID-19 workplace standards

Employers operating in California must urgently review their Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Plans ahead of new standards/regulations now being introduced …

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USA: Face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Local orders concerning the wearing of face masks differ significantly by State and often depend on the amount of physical distance (usually a minimum of 6 feet) that can be maintained …

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USA: De-recognition

The NLRB has achieved the backing of a DC Circuit Court concerning a company’s claims that recognition of a trades union no longer applied because it no longer had the support of the workforce …

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USA: Florida voters approve $15 minimum wage

The minimum wage rate in Florida will increase from the current $8 …

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USA: Labor Board asks for briefing on ‘scabby the rat’

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been re-examining the age-old question about what constitutes picketing …

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USA: Court actions for labour violations

Earlier this year, we warned about the possibility of a growing number of court actions for labour violations during the pandemic …

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USA: NJ voted to legalize marijuana

The recent ballot in New Jersey has overwhelmingly supported the lawful possession and use of marijuana …

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USA: Department of Labor proposes new rule on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently returned to that “old nut”: when is a job to be treated as employment and when is it a “contractor” role? DOL’s new approach has the advantage of being simpler and less dependent on multiple factors …

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USA: California voters approve independent contractor status for app-based rideshare and delivery drivers

Voters have approved a proposition allowing those undertaking App-based rideshare and delivery services to be classified as independent contractors …

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