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DOL issues guidance on PUMP Act

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Breastfeeding employees have the right to pump milk at work, as protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An FLSA amendment in 2010 was the first to include break time and space requirements for pumping. On December 29, 2022, ...

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Arbitration agreement found void

Reaching agreement

An employer’s arbitration agreement was unenforceable because of unconscionable terms in a confidentiality agreement that was executed simultaneously during employee onboarding, the California Court of Appeal has decided. In effect, one bad agreement invalidated them all. In the case of ...

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DOL issues FMLA holiday guidance

4th of July fireworks display

In May, the Department of Labor issued an opinion letter, clarifying guidance around managing holiday hours with an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitlement. The letter serves to reinforce established interpretations, namely: When a holiday falls during a ...

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EEOC updates COVID-19 guidance

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In the wake of the federal announcement that the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, the EEOC has issued updates to its COVID-19 technical assistance. The guidance is entitled, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation ...

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Form I-9 flexibility halted by DHS

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made it easier for employers working remotely to file Form I-9. But soon that will no longer be the case. Form I-9 is used to verify the identity ...

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