24

Apr

2018

OFCCP Releases Audit Scheduling List Process

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week was a fairly newsworthy week at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  For federal contractors who long had to deal with the secrecy and “gotcha” attitude of the prior administration, the new administration is a sigh of relief.  

17

Apr

2018

U.S. Department of Justice Continues its Anti-Poaching Agreement Position

Author: Michael Burns

In January the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would pursue anti-poaching agreements as a violation of antitrust law.  The Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division made it official last week by issuing an announcement about its case against several companies in violation of the law.  The DOJ announced it had filed a complaint against Knorr-Bremse AG, Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, and Faiveley Transport for conspiring to not compete for...

17

Apr

2018

When is Travel Time Work Time Under FLSA?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Calculating time worked for non-exempt employees who travel for their job is a challenge for many employers.  On April 12, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter that tackles this question.

 

10

Apr

2018

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Auto Dealership Service Advisors Are Exempt

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 decision ruling that an auto dealership’s service advisors that greeted and advised customers on their auto service needs were covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) special exemption addressing auto dealership personnel. This decision overturned a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2016 that these service providers were not covered by the FLSA’s exemption and were eligible for overtime. At a...

10

Apr

2018

Salary Speaks Louder Than Gender

Author: Keisha Ward

We’ve discussed impending changes in the way salaries are approached in today’s market.  It is understood that many states are banning and have banned the practice of using salary history as a factor during salary negotiations. On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that salary history cannot be considered as a factor to justify wage inequalities between men and women.  To put it plainly, employers can no longer justify paying a man more than a woman based on what she...

27

Mar

2018

McDonald's Corporation Moves to Settle with NLRB

Author: Michael Burns

Since 2012, McDonald’s Corporation and the NLRB have been embroiled in the question of what joint employment is. The question is over whether the McDonald’s Corporation as a franchisor could be held responsible for allegedly wrongful employment practices of its franchisees.

13

Mar

2018

DOL PAID Program Announced – A Way Out for Non-Compliant Employers?

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the rollout of a “new” pilot program called the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. This program offers employers a process to self-report wage and hour violations with the DOL to clear them up without being exposed to as many potential damages and monetary penalties.

13

Mar

2018

6th Circuit Recognizes Gender Identity Discrimination

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Following the leads of the U.S. 2nd Circuit and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Michigan) continues the expansion of the definition of “sex” under Title VII and recognizes that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status or gender identity is discrimination on the basis of sex. 

6

Mar

2018

Be Aware of Salary Increase Caps When Promoting Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When promoting an employee to a new position, what pay should be established?  Many employers have policies such as “up to 14% from previous base when promoting, including merit.”  A policy like that becomes especially problematic when the employee being promoted from one position to another is not even close to the pay range of other employees in the same title.  

27

Feb

2018

Second U.S. Circuit Says Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a case decided Monday by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the full court in an en banc hearing definitively decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation as a protected class.  What makes this case extremely interesting is that the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice both filed briefs taking diametrically opposing positions.

13

Feb

2018

Pay Discrimination Cases - Equal Pay Act vs. Title VII

Author: Michael Burns

Most federal gender pay discrimination cases are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The other applicable law that was intended to address pay discrimination, the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA), was enacted before Title VII and was more narrow-focused.

6

Feb

2018

Are You Prepared for an ICE Visit?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

ICE enforcement is ramping up.  On January 10th ICE announced a new three-prong approach to conduct worksite enforcement: (1) compliance through I-9 inspections, civil fines, and referrals for debarment; (2) enforcement through the arrest of employers knowingly employing undocumented workers and the unauthorized workers; and (3) outreach, through the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program, to instill a culture of compliance and accountability.  Are you...

30

Jan

2018

US Department of Justice Continues its Pursuit of Naked No Hire or Poach Agreements

Author: Michael Burns

“Naked” no poach agreements – what are they? Naked wage-fixing or no-poaching agreements among employers, whether entered into directly or through a third-party, are illegal under the antitrust laws.  That means that if the agreement is separate from or not reasonably necessary to a larger legitimate collaboration between the employers, the agreement is deemed illegal without any inquiry into its competitive effect.

30

Jan

2018

Association Health Plans: Potential Solution to Rising Health Care Costs for Small Employers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the requirements of the ACA have profoundly impacted small employer plans (under 50 employees) by raising costs at a faster rate than large employer plans.  

23

Jan

2018

European Union’s New Data Privacy Law Becomes Effective May 25th. Are You Prepared?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect.  This new regulation expands provisions for data collection, retention, and access rights for European based employees and are much more restrictive than in the past. The GDPR was initially adopted in April 2016, and the regulation and directive were published at that time. It replaces the 1995 data protection directive.  The following is a brief...
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