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Dogs and Horses and…Alligators? Oh My! How to Handle Service and Support Animals in the Workplace

Recently, a Philadelphia man made news when he and his “emotional support alligator” were denied entrance to the Phillies stadium. That decision may seem obvious, but in recent years, issues surrounding support and service animals have become more complicated, especially in the workplace. More >

DOL Moves to Raise Salary Floor in Proposed Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed to raise the salary threshold—a long-anticipated yet dreaded move that will affect how many employers pay their workers. More >

NLRB Time Travels Back to 2014 Rule to Speed Up Union Elections

Once again, the NLRB has taken up time travel, this time reversing a 2019 rule about union election procedures to return to the 2014 “quickie election” rule that allows unions to organize workplaces at lightning speed. More >

Supreme Court Remodels Title VII Religious Accommodations in Groff v. DeJoy

For nearly 50 years, the common test of religious accommodation from the Hardison v. Trans World Airlines, Inc. case was that, if a religious accommodation required more than a de minimis cost, it was asking too much of an employer under Title VII. In Groff v. DeJoy, the Supreme Court of the United States  decided that this standard needs a reset, and employers may be in for a few changes. More >

NLRB Gets Back in the Time Machine, Reverts to Previous Independent Contractor Test

It’s 2023: do you know who your employees are? If you think you do, think again: the National Labor Relations Board announced in a June 13th decision on the case The Atlanta Opera, Inc., that it is changing its test for determining which workers are independent contractors and which are covered employees, reverting once again to an Obama-era standard.  For employers, this means that the potential for running into issues with misclassification and unionization has increased significantly. More >

New NLRB Memo Says Non-Compete Agreements Violate NLRA

Following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) January proposal to ban non-compete agreements, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a memo stating that non-compete agreements, except in very specific circumstances, violate the National Labor Relations Act. Any employer who uses non-compete agreements, or other agreements that functionally serve as non-competes, should be bracing for impact. More >

A Day in the Life Working from Home – What Time is Compensable?

Nearly three years after it suddenly became a necessity for many employees to work from home, it’s clear that teleworking isn’t going anywhere. Many employers have chosen to allow for remote or hybrid work arrangements—but in the “work from home” era, issues like timekeeping for non-exempt employees can get a little fuzzy. We’ll walk you through a teleworking employee’s day and give you the rundown on what is compensable time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), what isn’t, and tips for making sense of it all. More >

FTC Moves to Ban Non-Competes

On January 5th, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission released a proposal for a new rule that would ban almost all forms of non-compete agreements—and employers should be warned. The rule, as proposed, would cause major administrative headaches for employers—as well as eliminating a key tool for protecting trade secrets, client bases, and more. More >

New Standard Mileage Rates for 2023 Issued by IRS

Posted In Employment Law, IRS

Effective January 1, the IRS has issued the 2023 optional standard mileage rates for employers to calculate reimbursement for employees who operate a vehicle for business purposes. More >

New Year Brings New Federal Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees

At the end of December, Congress passed two bills that alter employers’ obligations to pregnant and nursing employees, with new standards that will be going into effect in 2023. The first of these bills is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which provides employees who are experiencing conditions arising from pregnancy or childbirth with the right to reasonable accommodations. The second is the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act, also known as the PUMP Act. While there are already federal requirements in place for employers to provide postpartum employees with nursing facilities meeting certain standards, the PUMP Act expands the coverage of those requirements to more types of employees. More >

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