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Lessons on employer protection against malicious prosecution

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In a recent California Court of Appeal decision, the court shed light on the protections available to employers who report suspected criminal activity by their employees to law enforcement. Saide Lugo was employed by Pixior, LLC. According to Lugo, she ...

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Business groups file lawsuit to block DOL’s new overtime rule

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Over a dozen business associations have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Department of Labor’s recently announced rule that would significantly raise the salary thresholds for classifying workers as exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards ...

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Senators introduce Warehouse Worker Protection Act to improve safety and transparency

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Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced the Warehouse Worker Protection Act, which aims to protect warehouse workers from unsafe work speed quotas and increase transparency around quota policies. If passed, the legislation ...

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State’s highest court hears challenge to ballot question on tipped workers

John Adams Courthouse

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is considering a challenge to a proposed ballot question that would increase wages for tipped workers and allow businesses to implement tip pooling among all employees. The measure, if passed, would have a direct impact ...

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NLRB judge rules Amazon CEO violated labor law

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A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has found that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s public comments about unionization efforts at the company violated federal labor law. The decision, issued by Judge Brian Gee earlier this month, could have ...

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Trial begins on employment status of Uber and Lyft drivers

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A pivotal trial to determine whether Uber and Lyft misclassified their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees has begun in Massachusetts. The outcome of this trial could have significant implications for workers, businesses, and the ride-hailing industry as a ...

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Supreme Court expands transportation worker arbitration exemption

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that transportation workers are exempt from mandatory arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) even if they do not work for a transportation company. The decision has ramifications for employers who rely on ...

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NLRB’s expanded joint employer rule remains in limbo

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The fate of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial joint employer rule remains uncertain after facing legal challenges in court and opposition from Congress. The rule aimed to broaden the standard for determining when two entities are considered joint ...

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On FTC noncompete ban, it’s prepare but wait-and-see

Federal Trade Commission

While there is some skepticism as to whether it will survive the immediate legal challenges it faces, employers should take steps to prepare for the possibility that the comprehensive federal ban on new noncompete agreements recently announced by the Federal ...

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