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Littler Adds Shareholder Renea Saade in Anchorage

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Employment and labor law firm Littler has added Renea I. Saade as a shareholder in the Anchorage office.

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ERISA Litigation Partner Michael Graham Joins Michael Best Chicago Office

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Michael Best announces that Michael T. Graham has joined its Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Group

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Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

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Littler’s sixth annual survey of more than 1,200 employers finds growing uncertainty as a new administration and various technological and social changes reshape the workplace,

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House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

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The bill could make it legal for workers to choose between an hour and a half of paid comp time and time-and-a-half pay when they work additional hours, The Washington Post reports.

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Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

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Increased media attention on the practice of forcing lower-level employees to sign non-compete covenants, combined with the widely publicized report on non-compete restrictions issued by the Obama White House in its waning days, has led to an increase in the number of reported cases, writes Michael Elkon with Fisher Phillips.

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Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

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Employers who want to challenge their unfair labor practice complaints may want to delay their cases from being heard, according to a source quoted by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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8th Circuit: No Contracting Out of WARN Act Obligations Where Sale of Business is ‘Going Concern’

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Companies considering purchasing a business should carefully consider the intent of the proposed transaction when assessing their WARN Act obligations, according to a post on the website of Winston & Strawn LLP.

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Houston Janitorial Service Wins $7.8 Million from Union Over Disparagement

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A Harris County jury has delivered a $5.3 million verdict against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for wrongly disparaging Professional Janitorial Service of Houston when the company refused to recognize the union without a secret ballot by its employees.

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On-Demand: Managing Workplace Harassment: Trends and Objectives in 2017

On-Demand: Managing Workplace Harassment: Trends and Objectives in 2017

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The video covers strategies for developing policies and plans for training departments and employees to minimize and manage workplace harassment, and understand when disciplinary actions should be taken.

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Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

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Worker’s rights opinions written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, are often sympathetic but coldly pragmatic, and they’re usually in the employer’s favor, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press.

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Investigating Discrimination Complaints: Some Special Considerations

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The investigation of discrimination complaints requires sensitivity to some special considerations that will not always apply to other complaints, according to an article published by Lynch Service Company.

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Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Are Tests for Discrimination

Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Are Tests for Discrimination

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Disparate treatment and disparate impact are two very different types of employment discrimination that use two very different tests to determine if illegal discrimination has occurred and if an employer may be liable for such discriminatory conduct, according to an article published by Lynch Service Company.

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Last-Minute Block of Overtime Rule Means Uncertain Future for Many Businesses

Last-Minute Block of Overtime Rule Means Uncertain Future for Many Businesses

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Businesses that have not yet implemented changes now have breathing room to wait for a final ruling from the courts. However, those that have already altered employee pay should think carefully before reversing already announced pay changes.

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Employers: Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

Employers: Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

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Laura Bartlow of Zelle LLP writes in a post on JDSupra that the very first item on her list of rules for employers is this: Don’t make promises to your employees that you can’t or won’t keep.

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NLRB Administrative Judge Finds Employee Facebook Post Was Protected Speech

NLRB Administrative Judge Finds Employee Facebook Post Was Protected Speech

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A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board attempts to define further the boundaries of protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act, reports Seyfarth Shaw in its Employment Law Lookout blog.

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Littler Adds Two Shareholders to Kansas City Office

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Littler has added Jeffrey D. Hanslick and Curtis R. Summers as shareholders in the Kansas City office. The addition follows the arrival of shareholder Anthony Romano who joined the firm’s Kansas City office in August.

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Newly Organized Employer Must Bargain Discretionary Employee Discipline Pre-First Contract

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Jackson Lewis reports that, prior to entering into a first contract, an employer has a statutory obligation to bargain with the union that represents its employees before imposing discretionary “serious discipline” (such as suspension, demotion, or discharge) on any of those employees, the National Labor Relations Board again has held.

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Webinar: How to Comply with New FLSA Requirements

Webinar: How to Comply with New FLSA Requirements

Event, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. EDT
New Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations will go into effect on Dec. 2, updating the salary and compensation levels for exempt employees, impacting millions of salaried workers.

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U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down Ernst & Young Class Action Waiver

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The court found that the arbitration agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act by making workers arbitrate work-related claims as individuals in separate proceedings.

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Peter Asaad Joins Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Practice Group

Peter Asaad Joins Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Practice Group

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Peter F. Asaad has joined Quarles & Brady’s Washington, D.C. office concentrating on immigration in its Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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