New obligations under amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker last year, take effect on March 24, 2022. As covered in our previous Alert, private businesses with more than 100 employees must obtain equal pay registration certificates from the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) between March 24, 2022, and March 23, 2024, and every two years thereafter.
The nationwide scrutiny of non-compete agreements continues in 2022. An increasing number of states are severely limiting, or absolutely prohibiting, the use of restrictive covenants. While for many years Colorado has prohibited the use of non-competes (with certain exceptions), it recently became the first state to criminalize the use of non-competes exceeding the permissible scope of state law.
A new Colorado law, effective March 1, 2022, will make violations of the state’s noncompetition statute a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by 120 days in jail, a fine up to $750, or both.
Whether you are a small or large employer, you now have to have a Whistleblower Policy. Under Section 715-b of New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“N-PCL”), only organizations with 20 or more employees and over $1 million in revenue needed to have a whistleblower policy. That is no longer the case.
With Season 4 of Yellowstone in the books, and having time to fully process the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s OSHA vaccine mandate decisions, we thought we would kick off the 2022 All Things HR Blog by taking a deeper dive into some of the eye-raising employment practices at the Yellowstone – Dutton Ranch. Warning – Spoilers Ahead!
New York City has passed a new law requiring that job postings state a minimum and maximum starting salary for any advertised job, promotion or transfer opportunity. In other words, the law applies not only to external postings, but also to internal postings for promotion and transfer opportunities.
OSHA’s vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) is on hold once again. On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) stayed the ETS pending further review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, or before SCOTUS (if a writ of certiorari is timely sought and granted).
The pro-union majority of the National Labor Relations Board appears to be moving to fulfill President Joe Biden’s campaign promises to make it easier for unions to organize employees and increasing the number of employees who can be represented by a union. The NLRB’s positions on micro-units, the definitions of “independent contractor” and “joint employment” are under review and almost certain to change… again.
On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings on COVID-19 vaccine mandates that immediately impact employers throughout the country.
On Jan. 27, 2023, the California Attorney General announced his office is investigating and sending letters to businesses in the retail, travel, and food industries with popular mobile apps that allegedly are not in compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by failing to offer a consumer opt-out mechanism for sales, or honor rights requests submitted via authorized agents.
In 2022, New York State and New York City enacted many new workplace laws, creating additional obligations for employers.
While ransomware attacks have been on the rise since 2020, a recent trend has emerged where threat actors are bypassing ransomware malware and encryption tactics and going straight to data theft.
On January 13, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (CCA 202302011) concluding that taxpayers cannot claim a deduction for cryptocurrency losses that have, absent a sale or other taxable disposition, substantially declined in value if such cryptocurrency continues to trade on at least one cryptocurrency exchange and has a value that is greater than zero.
Six of the seven Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are scheduled to jointly host a multijurisdictional contractor advisory committee (CAC) meeting on February 28, 2023.
The District of Columbia Council has postponed the first effective date of voter Initiative 82, the “Tip Credit Elimination Act,” from January 1, 2023, to May 1, 2023.
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