Recent news

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

USA: Federal overtime exemption rules

Was your organisation ready for the fundamental changes in federal overtime exemption rules this month? If this question comes as a surprise, it is not yet too late – if you move quickly – to undertake a review of existing exempt staff to ensure they meet the new thresholds and job duty criteria …

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USA: Intel expands paid leave benefits for 2020

Intel has just expanded parental leave from eight to twelve weeks …

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USA: Department of Labor announces updates to nonexempt overtime regulations

The US Department of Labor has now issued formal guidance on what forms of supplementary remuneration and benefits may be excluded from the non-exempt overtime calculation …

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USA: Board approves greater confidentiality in workplace investigations

Employers undertaking investigations into the conduct of employees have frequently been frustrated by a lack of confidentiality after taking witness statements …

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USA: NLRB allows employers to stop deducting union dues after expiration of the collective bargaining agreement

It is now permissible for a company to cease union check-off once a collective agreement comes to an end …

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USA: Board restores employers’ right to restrict use of email

Back in 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in the case of Purple Communications (361: 1050) that an employee was entitled to use company communications technology for private purposes outside normal business hours …

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USA: AB 5 in California

From the 1st of January 2020, the lot of self-employed contract workers have fallen prey to a Californian law AB 5 that makes it very difficult to claim that freelancers are independent and not employees …

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USA: Judge halts California law banning forced arbitration agreements

A federal court has intervened with a temporary restraining order to block the implementation of a Californian law banning the inclusion of mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts …

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USA: OFCCP proposes codification of procedures for addressing alleged discrimination and defines statistical thresholds

The Federal Contract Compliance Office (OFCCP) has issued a notice indicating its intention to tighten up regulations concerning particularly statistical discrimination within potential, or current, federal contractors …

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USA: Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act brings big changes

The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act comes into force on October 1st 2020 …

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USA: Albuquerque minimum wage increased

The New Mexico minimum pay level is now US$9 an hour …

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USA: New Jersey becomes third state to ban discrimination based on hair

New Jersey has now become the third US State to enact a law that classifies any adverse treatment on the basis of hair style or texture as an act of racial discrimination …

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USA: Minneapolis enacts ‘Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance’ on heels of Minnesota’s Wage Theft Legislation

From the 1st of January 2020, employers in Minneapolis must conform with its new “Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance“ …

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USA: The 2019-2020 Judicial hellholes report on the worst jurisdictions for defendants

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has published its annual list of jurisdictions that are “hellholes” for defendants …

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USA: Justice department announces Procurement Collusion Strike Force

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just launched what it calls its “Procurement Collusion Strike Force” (PCSF) …

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