Vol. 1, Issue 1 | 2016
We are excited to present our inaugural issue of Labor and Employment Law Update. This publication will cover the ever-changing issues in labor and employment law. We will provide analysis and discussion of hot topics along with highlights from previous publications.
Contributing Editor: Michael Volpe
Recent Labor Rulings and Impact on Employers
The NLRB started off the year by uprooting over 50 years of precedent in its decision in Guardsmark, LLC, which ultimately diminishes an employer's ability to communicate with employees in advance of mail-ballot elections. Read our discussion of the precedent and Guardsmark.
In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court had before it the issue of whether public-sector employees can be required to pay a "fair share" fee in connection with a union's collective bargaining efforts on their behalf. The case was argued on January 11th, and Justice Scalia's passing a month later may directly impact the final decision. A 4-4 split is likely, which would effectively affirm the lower court's ruling in favor of the union. Continue reading for more.
U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Standard for Joint Employment Situations
On January 20, 2016, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released an Administrator's Interpretation addressing what it considers to be a growing concern: joint employment. As a result, you may be liable for wage violations for employees that you didn't know you had or think were yours. Click here to find out why.
New York LLCs Subject to Wage and Hour Liability
Effective January 19, 2016, the top ten shareholders of all privately held corporations—incorporated either in or outside New York—will have joint and several personal liability for "all debts, wages or salaries due and owing" to any of the corporation's employees for all services performed for the corporation in accordance with the amended Business Corporation Law (BCL) § 630. Previously, individual shareholders were personally liable only for New York State corporations. Continue reading.
Industry Landing – Home Health Care
A home health care company has been ordered to pay civil penalties of $239,000 for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Lincare, Inc. supplies respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to patients in their homes. In order to perform their jobs, Lincare employees must bring patient-specific medical records from the company offices to the patients' homes. Continue reading.
Benefits Corner – The Affordable Care Act
As we explained in an October 2015 Client Alert, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes two different reporting obligations on employers. The deadlines were to have been in the first quarter of 2016. Recently, however, the IRS announced that it has extended those deadlines. Continue reading.
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