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Does My Business Need an Employee Handbook?

While your business is not required to have an employee handbook, handbooks do offer many legal and non-legal benefits. A well-drafted and regularly updated employee handbook can provide employees and their supervisors with the “rules of the road.” A handbook with clear rules can help ensure that employees are treated fairly and consistently...

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Employer Alert – The Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Visa Season is Almost Here

  Employers who hire foreign workers may already be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS is also responsible for determining which foreign workers will be approved for the highly coveted H-1B skilled worker visa. Among all categories of ...

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Omnicare Settlement: Outlier Or Beginning Of Broader Trend?

Employers have braced themselves for drastic changes as the Trump administration continues to play an active — and controversial — role in reshaping U.S. immigration policy. But behind the scenes in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), whose tasks include enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act ...

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HR Legalist Live Presents...Updates and Trends for 2018: From The Front Lines of the American Workplace

TO REGISTER FOR THE BELOW EVENT: Click Here   HR Legalist Live Presents...Updates and Trends for 2018: From The Front Lines of the American Workplace                   Date: January 31, 2018                     Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST This new year, Obermayer and the Center City Proprietor's Association will k...

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Omnicare Settles Asylum Discrimination Claim with DOJ

Adding another wrinkle to the increasingly contentious debate on immigration, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled an asylum discrimination claim that it brought against Omnicare, a CVS Pharmacy subsidiary and long-term care pharmacy services provider. Continue Reading  

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New Tax Act Bars Deductions for Settlements Related to Certain Sexual Harassment Claims

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) has been touted as the largest tax reform since 1986. Among its many provisions, the Act adds a new section to the Internal Revenue Code (Section 162(q)) targeting confidentiality agreements in sexual harassment cases. The new section is in response to a realization, in the wake of the #MeToo m...

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Department of Labor Adopts More Employer-Friendly Standard for Unpaid Internships

  The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) mandates the payment of minimum wage and overtime to employees in most US workplaces.  However, when it comes to unpaid educational internships, the FLSA does not include a helpful definition or standard to determine when an employer is excused from paying wages.  In the absence of guidance from Con...

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The New NLRB Gets to Work: GOP-Majority Board Overturns Browning-Ferris, Changes the Law on Joint Employment and Micro-Unit Organizing

As predicted by HR Legalist earlier this year, the new Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has begun to reverse key labor rulings established during the Obama administration.  On December 14, 2017, the Board’s decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors overturned the 2015 Browning-Ferris ruling regarding joint empl...

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NLRB Judges Regain Power to Approve Partial Settlements

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) have regained the power to approve partial settlements of Unfair Labor Practice charges (ULPs) – even if the NLRB’s General Counsel, and the charging parties themselves, disagree. Continue Reading  

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Avoid Doubling FLSA Overtime Damages with Proper Analysis and Documentation

Benjamin Franklin once advised that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This axiom is still relevant today, especially in the context of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As originally written, the FLSA mandated that employees prevailing in minimum wage or overtime lawsuits were automatically entitled liquidated damages equal to the...

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