Recent news

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

USA: EEOC’s 2019 efficiency

Last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 123,000 complaints concerning discrimination, of which 31,000 became formal discrimination cases …

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USA: House removes ERA ratification deadline

As we have previously pointed out, at the end of last year, the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution appeared to have been finally achieved by the ratification of Virginia – the 38th state to back it …

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USA: Kari’s law on emergency notifications is now in force

Kari’s law on emergency notifications is now in force …

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USA: FTC extends deadline for comments on workshop addressing non-compete clauses in employment contracts

Pressure is building on the FTC to introduce anti-trust measures to limit the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts …

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USA: California delays employer sexual harassment training requirements to 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsome has signed law SB-778 that extends the deadline for commencing sexual harassment training to the 1st of January 2021 …

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USA: Spring 2020 registration deadline for employers using PEOs

Over the last 3 years, the Oregon state-run pensions programme Oregonsaves has been progressively introduced to employees whose employers do not provide a qualified retirement plan …

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USA: H-IB season is fast approaching

The H-IB season is fast approaching and this year things have been happily simplified, although filing dates and methods have changed …

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USA: Walmart raises starting hourly wage to $12 in 500 stores, as part of a test

Walmart, the biggest private-sector employer in the USA, has raised starting hourly pay rates for the newly created “team associate” role from US$11 to US$12 across roughly 500 stores …

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USA: Figures for job growth

The US Department of Labor headline figure for job growth last month was 225,000 …

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USA: DOL proposes 4-factor test for joint employment liability

The Department of Labor has issued a new 4-factor balancing test to determine if an employer has, directly or indirectly, joint accountability for an employee under the FLSA …

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USA: Supreme Court upholds Minneapolis minimum wage

Back in 2017 Minneapolis City Council was the first mid-western city to vote for a $15 an hour minimum wage …

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USA: Virginia finalizes its passage of the Equal Rights Amendment

Although the Federal Congress originally approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1972, it never achieved the necessary 75% majority amongst individual states – until now …

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USA: Californian H&S standards in pipeline

Companies with employees in California need to give special attention in coming months to a number of occupational health and safety problem areas …

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USA: Class action is not going away

The action of the Supreme Court in 2018 to place on a firmer legal footing mandatory arbitration clauses and make it more difficult to bring federal class action lawsuits has begun to bite …

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USA: Workplace fatalities in 2018

Figures have just been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics concerning workplace fatalities in 2018 …

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