Recent news

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

USA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court narrows independent contractor test under State’s unemployment law

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has just made a ruling that could seriously affect a company’s obligations to pay contributions for unemployment compensation in respect to contractors …

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USA: Predictive scheduling problems

One thing that has been overlooked in the succession of local ordinances and court rulings about “predictive scheduling” is the difficulty faced by employers in trying to respond to variables like changes in demand, breakdowns, and staff absences …

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USA: I-9, employment eligibility verification

A new version of form 1-9 is now in use …

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USA: What you should know about the ADA, the rehabilitation act and the coronavirus

Updated guidance to companies on preparations for reopening operations after the lockdown has now been published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) …

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USA: IRS issues relief to foreigners stranded in the United States due to coronavirus

The Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reassurance to non-resident individuals who have been impacted by travel restrictions …

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USA: Trump announces 60-day ban on immigrants seeking permanent status in US

The US President has issued a 60-day ban in respect to those seeking permanent immigration status …

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USA: Microsoft giving 3-months paid parental leave to help kids study at home

The tech giant, Microsoft, is giving its workers an additional three months of paid parental leave to deal with extended school closures due to the pandemic …

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USA: Predictable scheduling comes to Chicago

We previous reported that Chicago employers in several industries will face a host of new burdens and expenses in respect to the scheduling of their employees under the Fair Workweek Ordinance …

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USA: Nevada to increase minimum wage

With effect from the 1st of July 2020, Nevada’s current minimum wage rates will increase by $0 …

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USA: Reproductive health decisions now a protected class in Hawaii

Employers in Hawaii are reminded that reproductive health decisions are now a protected class under Hawaii’s anti-discrimination laws …

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USA: San Francisco issues emergency sick leave ordinance for employers of 500+ employees

Employers in San Francisco with 500+ employees based anywhere in the US are now required, under an emergency ordinance, to offer employees “paid public health emergency leave” (PHELO) to those working in the city …

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USA: Hawaii decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Under the newly enacted law HB1383, those caught with up to three grams of marijuana will now no longer face jail time …

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USA: New Jersey passes new laws in response to COVID-19

Employers operating in the state of New Jersey should take note of several new laws that have come into force with immediate effect …

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USA: Hawaii adds nonbinary gender option to driver’s licenses

With effect from July 1st 2020, drivers in Hawaii will be able to select ‘X’ as their gender if they prefer not to identify with male or female on their driver licenses …

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USA: Workers’ Compensation Bill in Minnesota

The Minnesota Governor has just signed into force a Workers’ Compensation Bill that will provide a range of benefits to front-line workers who contract COVID-19 …

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