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NLRB final rule revises, codifies several representation policies, procedures

April 2nd, 2020

By Lisa Milam, J.D. and Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.
The final rule revises the NLRB’s blocking charge policy, voluntary recognition bar, and Section 9(a) construction industry provisions, making some substantive changes to the rule as initially proposed.
The NLRB announced on Tuesday, March 31, that it has finalized several amendments to its [Read more...]

Updated DOL guidance clarifies who is a ‘health care provider,’ other aspects of FFCRA

April 2nd, 2020

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The guidance also clarifies the scope of the small business exemption, among other things.
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) continues to publish a steady stream of guidance aimed at providing updated information to employees and employers about the protections and relief available under the Families First Coronavirus Response [Read more...]

Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods workers protest lack of COVID-19 safety

April 2nd, 2020

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers have protested an alleged lack of COVID-19 safety precautions, sick leave, and hazard pay.
Following media reports of a “walkout” at Amazon and Instacart to protest unsafe working conditions amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and Amazon’s firing of an employee who organized that [Read more...]

AFGE sues federal government for COVID-19 hazard pay

April 2nd, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
The public sector union teamed with a Washington, D.C., law firm to bring the class lawsuit on behalf of all federal employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
On March 30, the American Federation of Government Employees and the law firm Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & [Read more...]

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not criminalize researchers’ plans to test employment websites for discriminatory algorithm

April 2nd, 2020

By Robert Margolis, J.D.
Researchers plan to create fictitious job candidate profiles and fictitious job opportunities, in violation of the websites’ terms of service, to test if the websites discriminate.
Researchers testing whether the algorithms of online job websites discriminate against job candidates on such bases as race, gender, and age will [Read more...]