Recent news

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

USA: Philadelphia tightens restrictions on background checks

The US City of Philadelphia has amended its Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance (2012) to introduce a number of additional requirements and prohibitions …

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USA: The costly folly of good intentions

The fast-food company McDonalds has agreed to pay the US Justice Department a fine of 355,000 US dollars out of court to settle multiple cases of unintended discrimination in its own direct US outlets against employees who are not US nationals …

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USA: Company faces major whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuit

Any company doing business with the US government should take heed of the False Claims Act and the powers it gives to employees who are whistleblowers …

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USA: The emergence of micro-bargaining units

The National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) has granted a group of skilled workers in VW’s Tennessee manufacturing facility the right to vote on representation by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) labour union for collective bargaining purposes …

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USA: Further wage deal in the car-making industry

Following wage deals at Fiat Chrysler and General Motors (yet to be fully approved) the Ford Motor Company has now concluded a tentative agreement with the UAW covering its US plants …

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USA: Legal amendment to reduce claims for breaches of itemised pay statement laws

California has amended the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) with immediate effect in an attempt to reduce the number of class actions being brought against employers for minor, technical violations of the law on itemised wage statements …

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USA: Multiple changes to employment legislation in New York

A number of recent and impending changes concerning employment have been announced in New York, USA …

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India: New rights for women under draft Factories Act amendments

The Indian government recently published draft amendments to the Factory Act (1948) …

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USA: Pay deal announced

A draft four-year agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) has been announced …

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USA: Strict equal pay law in force from January 1st 2016

From January 1st 2016 employers in California, USA, will be subject to new, stricter rules on equal pay …

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USA: Generous paid leave provisions proposed

Washington DC’s city council is currently considering a Bill that would entitle employees in the city to up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave each year, funded by employers …

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USA: Wages and benefits costs

According to data released by the US Department of Labour’s Bureau of Labour Statistics, in June 2015 US employers in private industry spent an average of 31 …

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Pacific: Trans-Pacific agreement moving forward

Negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership are nearing agreement, with US President Obama recently stating that a consensus between the twelve nations involved is likely to be achieved ‘within weeks’ …

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USA: New federal immigration procedures to allow earlier applications

Securing the longer-term employment of key workers can be a lengthy process for US employers and usually involves significant delays, especially in relation to citizens of India, China and the Philippines …

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USA: Whistleblower protection extended

An important decision by the US Court of Appeals has found that anti-retaliation provisions currently provided by the Dodd-Frank Act for potential irregularities reported to the Securities Exchange Commission also apply to employees reporting concerns to their own employer …

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