New California Laws Help Stop Workplace Violence 22:03, January 23, 2017

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In response to findings by federal researchers, investigative journalists, and government watchdogs, California has passed two new laws designed to protect vulnerable workers from workplace violence. On the healthcare side, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) unanimously passed a new General Industry Safety Order (Order) that requires employers of healthcare facilities to […]

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Previously, we described national takeaways from California discrimination law that could apply to any employer in the United States. They still stand true. Similarly, a number of new California laws follow employment law trends throughout the United States. No matter where you operate, knowing what’s bubbling can help you to build an ethical and compliant […]

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During a rare rehearing of the sexual orientation discrimination case Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College before a full-court panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Posner reportedly asked the lawyer defending a college’s decision to deny full-time employment to a lesbian employee: “Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a […]

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On December 7, 2016, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Jimmy John’s Enterprises LLC and Jimmy John’s Franchise LLC had agreed to stop using highly restrictive noncompete agreements and to notify former and current employees that the agreements would not be enforced. Noncompete agreements generally prohibit employees from working for a competitor or in […]

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Between the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to grant certiorari to US v. Newman, and signals the Justices gave during oral arguments in Salman v. US, it is unclear whether anyone other than close relatives and friends will be liable for insider trading based on information obtained from a tip, and to what extent the […]

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On November 22, 2016, a federal judge decided that a new overtime rule issued by the US Department of Labor (DOL) in May 2016 will not take effect as planned on December 1, 2016. Employees must make a certain salary (and perform qualified duties) in order to be exempt from the minimum wage and overtime […]

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In May 2016 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The rule requires employers to electronically submit records of workplace injuries and illnesses. It also includes provisions that are meant to encourage employees to report such injuries and illnesses and that prohibit […]

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Earlier this year, the US Department of Labor (DOL) passed a rule about handling retirement accounts. While the new rule is pretty technical, it provides a simple example of a conflict of interest that affects everyday people and internal incentive structures. People invest in IRAs and 401(k)s for their retirement. An administrator manages those accounts […]

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In the November 2016 election, voters in several states approved medical and recreational marijuana laws. Arizona was the only state to reject a marijuana initiative. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 8 states and the District of Columbia, while medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. But this doesn’t mean […]

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In October 2016 the US Department of Labor (DOL) launched a beta prototype of a new website called worker.gov, which is designed to help workers understand their rights under federal worker protection statutes. The website also allows workers to file complaints with the proper federal agency. The DOL says that: This new website doesn’t ask […]

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