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Court Rules Federal Railway Unemployment Insurance Act Completely Preempts Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

August 15, 2018  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Court Rules Federal Railway Unemployment Insurance Act Completely Preempts Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

By Chris Kaczmarek on August 15, 2018 On August 10, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) completely preempts the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (ESTL).1 As a result, employers that are subject to the RUIA may not be required to comply with the requirements of the ESTL. Background In November 2014, Massachusetts voters approved the ESTL, which ...

Voters To Settle Dispute Over Ambulance Employee Break Times

August 15, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Voters To Settle Dispute Over Ambulance Employee Break Times

If private-ambulance workers take a break from work, even for 10 minutes, it can mean the difference between life and death. So, they routinely accept emergency calls during their meal and rest breaks — just as firefighters, policemen and other public emergency workers do. But labor laws guarantee most California workers uninterrupted breaks, and multiple lawsuits are challenging whether private ambulance companies have the right to interrupt their employees’ breaks. In November, voters will resolve the issue.

Short kids may have a higher stroke risk as adults

February 15, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Short kids may have a higher stroke risk as adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who are just a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests. Adult women who ...

DOJ To Announce Criminal Enforcement Actions For “No-Poach” Agreements

January 29, 2018  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on DOJ To Announce Criminal Enforcement Actions For “No-Poach” Agreements

Attorneys: Timothy F. Haley, Ashley K. Laken Seyfarth Synopsis: Criminal prosecution of “no-poaching/no-hire” agreements appears imminent.  Employers should investigate their hiring and compensation practices to ensure compliance with recent antitrust pronouncements. Background In October 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) under the Obama Administration issued a joint Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals (“HR Guidance,” available here).  Among other things, the HR Guidance announced that so-called ...

Tax Reform Impacts Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Settlements

January 25, 2018  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Tax Reform Impacts Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Settlements

By Katherine H Marques The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) contains a largely unnoticed provision worth the attention of human resources professionals and legal counsel who draft and implement settlement agreements and releases of employee claims. Under the Act, the new Internal Revenue Code Section 162(q) – which took effect on Dec. 22, 2017 – now expressly denies taxpayers the ...

Senate Confirms Alex Azar as Trump’s New Health Secretary

January 25, 2018  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Senate Confirms Alex Azar as Trump’s New Health Secretary

By The Associated Press Jan. 24, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's second health secretary won Senate approval Wednesday. Alex Azar will take over a sprawling department shaken by his predecessor's early exit. The GOP-majority Senate voted 55-43, largely along party lines, to confirm the former drug company and government executive to join the Trump Cabinet. A ...

Health Law Sign-Ups Seen as Falling Short Though More Enroll

December 07, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health Law Sign-Ups Seen as Falling Short Though More Enroll

By THE Associated Press | Dec. 6, 2017, 3:27 P.M. E.S.T. WASHINGTON — Americans are signing up in growing numbers for the Affordable Care Act's subsidized health insurance, the government said Wednesday. But with enrollment season cut in half and just over a week to go, experts say the final tally will likely fall short. About 3.6 million people signed ...

Hands removed, findings changed: Pathologists say San Joaquin sheriff ‘does whatever he feels like doing’

December 06, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Hands removed, findings changed: Pathologists say San Joaquin sheriff ‘does whatever he feels like doing’

BY Benjy Egel, Anita Chabria, and Ellen Garrison begel@sacbee.com | DECEMBER 05, 2017 10:46 AM Hands chopped off bodies; corpses left to deteriorate; doctors pressured to classify officer-involved deaths as accidents rather than homicides: San Joaquin County’s two forensic pathologists resigned in recent days over what they said was intolerable interference by Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore. Dr. Bennet Omalu Tuesday announced his resignation as San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner. Last week, ...

Health nominee Azar is no stranger to management controversy

December 01, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Health nominee Azar is no stranger to management controversy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alex Azar, who’s in line to replace a Trump Cabinet secretary who was forced out in controversy, is no stranger to sticky management problems. In Washington, he’s been nominated to replace Tom Price, who resigned in September over questions about his use of private jets. Back in Indiana, Azar was an influential member of a public airport board, tasked with oversight of human resources ...

Trump Health secretary nominee, a former pharmaceutical executive, pledges to take on high drug prices

November 30, 2017  |   News and Events   |     |   Comments Off on Trump Health secretary nominee, a former pharmaceutical executive, pledges to take on high drug prices

By: Noam N. Levey | Contact Reporter Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive tapped by President Trump to be Health and Human Services secretary, told senators Wednesday that making prescription drugs more affordable would be one of his top priorities. “Drug prices are too high,” Azar told the Senate health committee, pledging to look at ways to increase competition and stop drugmakers from gaming the system. ...