March 2017

Most federal contractors and subcontractors are responsible employers that are vetted by the government prior to winning federal contracts. As an added measure, in 2016 President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 (EO), which would have required government contractors and subcontractors to report labor law violations against them to federal Read more

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) has released an updated version of its mandatory Unemployment Insurance Poster for Employees. This posting informs workers of their rights and responsibilities when filing for unemployment insurance benefits, providing vital information on how to determine eligibility and what to expect when filing a claim. This update Read more

A Florida Federal Court may soon decide whether an emotional support animal may be a required reasonable accommodation in the workplace. On March 2, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against CRST Expedited Inc., a national trucking company. The EEOC claims that CRST failed to accommodate, refused to hire Read more

Right in the midst of the 2016 tax season, Louisiana has updated its Earned Income Credit (EIC) notice for 2017. This mandatory posting, which is updated yearly by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, informs employees of the maximum income levels which will allow them to qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC Read more

The use of credit information, including credit history, as a screening tool by employers is common. A 2012 SHRM study found that nearly half of all employers check job applicants’ credit history as part of the hiring process. Employer credit checks are also the reason many job seekers remain unemployed. A 2012 Demos study found Read more

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) has released a revised “Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination” posting. The revised posting includes new information for individuals with a disability. An individual with a disability needing accommodations must advise his or her employer in writing within 182 days of the need for accommodations. This new time limit comes Read more

While limited in its immediate applicability for most employers, a recent case considered by U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals provides an intriguing overview of both Maine employment law and English grammatical intricacies. Maine’s overtime law requires employers to pay employees 1 and ½ times the employee’s regular hourly rate for all hours worked in Read more

Many California employers are busy this month revising their compensation programs for their commissioned inside sales persons. That’s because a California Appellate Court has just determined that inside sales persons who are paid based purely on a draw from sales commissions are not being fairly compensated for their work. More specifically, the Court decided that Read more

On March 7, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that trial courts can make discretionary rulings when establishing remedies. The plaintiff in Wall Systems Inc. v. William Pompa is a building contractor that filed a lawsuit against his employee, William Pompa. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant had breached the duty of loyalty by charging Read more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently reversed a lower court’s decision regarding applicable statutes of limitation on hostile work environment allegations, reminding employers (as well as judges for inferior courts) that some Title VII claims can have a long shelf life due to their status as “continuing violations” rather than Read more