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Top labor and employment developments for January 2020

February 6th, 2020  |  Joy Waltemath

By Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.

In case you missed the in-depth coverage of Labor & Employment Law Daily for January 2020, the first month of a new decade, here’s a recap of some key developments in the L&E community.

Highlights from January 2020 include:

Significant agency actions

  • The DOL’s long-awaited joint-employer final rule
  • Major settlements from the EEOC ($20.5M) and the NLRB ($76M)
  • McDonald’s cases supposed settlement still not settled

Federal circuit court decisions

  • NLRB lacks jurisdiction over adjunct faculty at religiously affiliated university
  • Rehearing requested on whether Rule 68 offers of judgment in FLSA wage cases get DOL or judicial approval
  • Evidence of tech company’s FLSA audit admissible in misclassification suit
  • Seventh Circuit adopts new framework to decide whether employees who signed arbitration agreements may get notice of collective action
  • Ninth Circuit: Walmart’s California truck drivers survive challenge to multi-million-dollar verdict in wage suit

Federal legislation

  • National Defense Authorization Act includes federal ‘ban-the-box’ provisions
  • Bipartisan bill would expand FLSA nursing mother protections to salaried workers

State law issues

  • Trucking association gets preliminary injunction barring enforcement of California AB 5
  • California’s A.B. 51—effectively banning mandatory arbitration in employment—is preliminarily enjoined
  • Minneapolis $15 minimum-wage ordinance upheld by Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Federal law doesn’t preempt NJ medical marijuana law, so employer must reimburse injured construction worker’s prescription

See our latest monthly recap here.