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Dalimonte Discusses Implications of FTC's Noncompete Ban

Competing BusinessesAfter the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 on April 23, 2024, to publish its final rule in effectively banning most noncompete agreements between U.S. workers and employers, many questions abound as to what the details of this ban entail. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations, News

Preparing Employers: New Regulations for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Pregnant Work Talking to BossOn April 15, 2024 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published final regulations on the new federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).[1] The new regulations, which will take effect June 18, 2024, dramatically expand the scope of workplace accommodations that covered employers will be required to provide to pregnant employees (both before and after a pregnancy), and as a result employers should be preparing now for the new requirements.[2]

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Categories: Alerts and Updates, Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations

NLRB Puts Employment Handbooks Under More Scrutiny

Searching Employee HandbookEmployers often have workplace policies which are typically contained in an employment handbook. These handbooks may include policies regarding the confidentiality of business information, the use of cell phones during work, employer internal investigations, the taking of pictures and recordings at work, and not bad-mouthing the company, among others. On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that will have a major impact on employers seeking to implement and enforce workplace rules and policies. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board

USDOT Approves Oral Fluid Drug Testing

Oral Drug TestingOn May 2, 2023, the United States Department of Transportation (“DOT”) published a final rule that authorizes employers to use oral fluid drug testing as an alternative methodology to urine drug testing. While the final rule became effective on June 1, 2023, employers may not conduct oral fluid testing until the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) certifies at least two laboratories to conduct such testing (one to serve as a primary laboratory and one to serve as a split-specimen laboratory). Read More ›

Categories: Employee Handbook, Employment, Regulations

Michigan Senate Passes Significant Amendments to Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

Discrimination in DictionaryThis blog has since been updated since its original publication in March 2023.

On March 16, 2023, Governor Whitmer signed into law a series of amendments to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act[1], that added “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” to the law’s list of prohibited discriminatory practices.[2] Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations, Lawsuit, Legislative Updates

An HR Audit to Position You for a Great Start to 2022

HR Self AuditFor human resources professionals, a new year serves as a natural jumping off point for a check-in on best practices concerning company policies, compliance with employment statutes, and good record keeping. To make your job easier, we are providing you three tools to help you with a self-audit:

  • Checklist for Compliance with Employment Related Statuses
  • Checklist for Employment Policies, Practices and Forms
  • Records Retention Requirement Chart
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Categories: Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbook, Employment

Remote Work in the Pandemic Age: Employer Obligations and Best Practices

Stressed at WorkAs a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, state agencies responsible for protecting public health and worker safety have imposed a general legal obligation on most employers to require that employees who can feasibly work remotely do so. This article will review that general obligation and discuss best practices for employers. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations

Preparing to Deal With Employee Absences as Schools Move to Remote and Alternate Schedules

Backpack at SchoolAs the fall nears, the school year is about to kick off. While employees juggling work and school obligations can always present an issue, this year could prove to be a little more complicated than usual. Although some schools are preparing to go back to school in-person, others are utilizing a variety of modified schedules, or going totally remote. Even those schools going back in-person will inevitably be faced with children who have COVID-19 or at the least, symptoms as we move into flu season. Read More ›

Categories: Department of Labor, Employee Handbook, Employment

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Workplace Discrimination on the Bases of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is Prohibited Under Title VII

Workplace DiscriminationIn a significant ruling that has major implications for employers and employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, held that the federal prohibition on discrimination “because of sex” found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Handbook, Employment, News, U.S. Supreme Court

Part Two: Stay on the Right Side of the Law When Conducting Job Candidate Background Checks

Stressed Job SearchingSee more from the June 2020 issue of Labor & Employment Law News.

In the past, background checks on prospective employees were done as a matter of course by employers. The only real risk employers faced was missing a red flag in a candidate’s background, resulting in a poor hiring decision. However, in the wake of new legislation, employers must take great care to avoid liability while filtering out information about their job candidates during the hiring process. In Part One of this series, we discussed the ins and outs of conducting both Criminal and Fair Credit Reporting Background Checks. This article discusses social media background checks, medical examinations/drug testing and background check best practices. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Handbook, Employment