May 2016

This month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidelines on providing leave as a reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires covered employers (employers with 15 or more employees) to provide reasonable accommodations to enable employees with disabilities to perform their jobs. The EEOC article describes basic Read more

Minneapolis has become the latest city to consider a paid sick leave ordinance. If the City Council passes the Minneapolis Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, employers employing six or more employees would need to provide employees with paid time off to address their health needs and that of their family members, as well as Read more

On April 18, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (Bill S 3). The law, which took effect May 18, 2016, legalizes prescription and use of medical marijuana by individuals with a serious condition. A “serious medical condition” is defined as any of the following: Cancer Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus Read more

Today, the US Department of Labor announced its Final Rule that will extend overtime pay to workers not previously eligible under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although the FLSA ensures minimum wage and overtime pay protections for most employees covered by the Act, some workers, including bona fide executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees, are exempt Read more

California is home to some of the toughest workplace health and safety standards and the most comprehensive injury and illness Prevention Program (IIPP) regulations in the country. In California, every employer has a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for employees. The IIPP regulation also requires every California employer to Read more

Yesterday, the federal Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that requires certain employers to electronically submit to OSHA information collected and recorded by employers concerning workplace injuries and illnesses. The data collected will help OSHA identify, target and remove safety and health hazards, thereby preventing occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths. The information Read more

Starting January 1, 2017, Tennessee employers with 50 or more employees will be required to register and utilize E-Verify. E-verify is an Internet based system that confirms employment eligibility by comparing information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. This new Read more

Vermont is the latest state to adopt what is known as a “ban the box” law. The name comes from the conviction history check-box found on standard employment applications. Also known as “fair chance” laws, these laws limit when an employer may permissibly ask about a job applicant’s criminal history during the application process. The Read more