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Administrative Law Task Force

The Administrative Task Force plays a critical role in keeping our OSHA practice current and vibrant.  We follow developments daily and we work together to analyze the impact that proposed and actual changes will have on the law in general and specifically on our client’s industries. Employers today face an unprecedented range of workplace safety and OSHA legal issues as government increases worker safety and health regulation and demands meticulous reviews by its OSHA inspection force.

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L.A. Raises Minimum Wage For Hotel Workers Amidst Calls For More Raises

On October 1, 2014 the Los Angeles City Council voted again to require large hotels to pay workers a minimum wage of $15.37, exclusive of gratuities, bonuses, or service charge distributions after first passing the bill 12-3 on September 24, 2014.  (A second vote was required under Los Angeles City Council rules because the first vote was not unanimous.)  Assuming Mayor Garcetti signs the bill, which he has reportedly already promised to do, the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2015, applying first to hotel employees at hotels with 300 or more guest rooms and then, on July 1, 2016, expanding its reach to hotel employees employed by hotels with 150 or more guest rooms.

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California Passes New Law Imposing Liability On Contracting Employers For Wage Violations Suffered By Contract Workers

On September 28, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1897, a bill that extends liability for workers supplied by “labor contractors” to the contracting employer. The new law provides that a “client employer,” defined as a business entity that obtains or is provided workers to perform labor within its usual course of business from a labor contractor, will share responsibility and liability with the labor contractor for payment of wages and failure to secure valid workers’ compensation coverage. The definition of “client employer” excludes businesses with a workforce of fewer than 25 workers (including both employees and temp hires) and those with 5 or fewer temp workers at any given time. The law also includes an anti-retaliation provision.

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That Was Your Last "VETS-100A Report" - Here Comes The New Format

Federal contractors and subcontractors were just required to file their 2013 VETS-100 and VETS-100A Reports by September 30th.  Going forward, those forms are being replaced by a new form – the VETS-4212 Report.  The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)  has published a Final Rule that implements the changes.

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OFCCP's New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Is Approved!

This week the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing (a.k.a, a “notice of audit”) for Service and Supply covered contractors. 

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Corporate Parents May Face More Claims By Franchisee Employees (Says the Fifth Circuit)

Less than two months ago, on July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations (NLRB) made an announcement that it intends to hold franchisors legally responsible for unfair labor practices committed by its franchisees.  A recent Fifth Circuit opinion follows this trend by potentially expanding the number of discrimination and harassment suits corporate parent franchisors may face for discrimination and harassment committed by franchisees. EEOC v. Simbaki, Ltd.

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ACA UPDATE: IRS Issues Draft Forms And Instructions For Employer Coverage Reporting

The IRS recently issued draft versions of the new Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1095-C (the “Forms”) along with related draft Instructions.

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OFCCP Proposes Prohibition Against Pay Secrecy Policies

Federal contractors and subcontractors may soon be prohibited by the OFCCP from having polices that prohibit employees from talking about their pay and from discriminating against those who do.  On September 17, the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) concerning pay secrecy policies. The proposed rule, which applies to  federal contractors and subcontractors, prohibits pay secrecy policies and bars companies from discriminating against job applicants and all levels of employees who ask about, disclose, or discuss compensation-related information.  This will not be a surprise to those who follow the rulings under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which provides similar protections.

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Pay Close Attention To The OFCCP's Proposed Equal Pay Report Rule

The proposed rule will likely increase the cost of defending against equal pay cases for all employers, not just government contractors and subcontractors.

First appeared in the September 23, 2014, edition of InsideCounsel

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California Guarantees Paid Sick Leave

On the morning of September 10, in a signing ceremony held in Los Angeles, Governor Jerry Brown officially signed AB 1522 into law.  This law makes California the second state to guarantee paid sick leave to employees. Statewide studies reported that 44% of employees in the state of California did not have access to paid sick leave. This will change under the new law for the vast majority of these approximately 6.5 million employees.

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Join Us For A Complimentary CLE Webinar: Criminal Background Checks In The Hiring Process: The Escalating Risks

Discover how the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process is creating an increasing exposure to liability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is aggressively pursuing this issue to ensure the practice does not have a disparate impact on minority applicants. Additionally, plaintiffs' class action attorneys are pursuing employers nationwide for failing to conform their background check process with the dictates and protections of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. This webinar will highlight lessons learned in the trenches, and give insights on how to properly handle the sensitive use of criminal background check information.

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