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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed rule change that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace those provisions with new rules regarding current workplace practices as they pertain to federal contractors’ obligations. These are the first changes to these regulations in 40 years.
1/30/2015
Small oil production and storage facilities often overlook their obligations to develop and implement oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. These requirements have been issued by the USEPA under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The goal of a SPCC plan assist a facility in averting impacts from unplanned oil spills and to reduce the amount of oil from a discharge which reaches surface waters.
1/29/2015
On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators lead by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015. The I-Squared bill will increase the general cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000. The bill also will allow the annual cap to increase in any fiscal year from 115,000 to 195,000, if so demanded by the market (e.g. when the H-1B petition filings exceed the cap).
1/26/2015
The use of public cloud computing services- broadly defined as contracting with another company for the provision of computing resources (networks, storage, applications, and services), offers many potential benefits for businesses, among them economies of scale, lower capital costs, and improved accessibility.
12/9/2014
A wave of FLSA collective (class) actions have been filed against scores of marine shipping and towing companies in the Gulf States for violation of the FLSA. Specifically, these suits claim that the commonly used “day-rate” pay system used for tankermen is improper and the employers owe back overtime pay, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and other damages.
12/3/2014
Effective January 1, 2015, two new rules will go into effect by the U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will impact most all employers. One rule relates to recordkeeping and the other rule relates to reporting injuries to OSHA. Meanwhile, another rule is likely to go into effect that will force employers to change how they treat employees who experience on-the-job injuries and illnesses.
10/23/2014
On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a dairy cattle lessor, despite the secured creditor’s pre-existing security interest in all livestock “currently owned or hereafter acquired.”
10/20/2014
The Fifth Circuit issued its en banc decision in Estis v. McBride Well Service, LLC, No. 12-30714 (5th Cir. September 25, 2014) and ruled that a Jones Act seaman’s recovery is limited to pecuniary losses where liability is predicated on the Jones Act or unseaworthiness.
10/8/2014
With Boomers exiting and Millennials entering, significant shifts in the work environment are coming—along with shifting concerns for employers. Are you ready?
9/25/2014
On September 11, 2014, the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule that will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
9/11/2014
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