Entries by ManagEase

NLRB Update: Dress Code, Cell Phones, and Media Statements, Oh My!

APPLIES TO All Employers Subject to the NLRA EFFECTIVE March 14, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 On March 14, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released an advice memorandum dated July 31, 2018, providing insight on numerous topics. Dress code policy: The NLRB approved of a policy that prohibited “[a]ny items of […]

U.S. DOL Issues New Opinion Letters on Voluntary Delay or Extension of FMLA Leave, Volunteer Working Hours

APPLIES TO All Employers with Employees Subject to FMLA and FLSA EFFECTIVE March 14, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 On March 14, 2019, the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued two new opinion letters.  The first letter addresses whether or not employers may extend or delay designating paid […]

Second Circuit: ADA Protects Against a Hostile Work Environment

APPLIES TO All Employers with Employees in CT, NY, VT EFFECTIVE March 6, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 In Fox v. Costco Wholesale Corp., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stated that hostile work environment claims may be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There, an employee who had Tourette’s Syndrome […]

Georgia: “Key Employee” Clarified Under Restrictive Covenants Act

APPLIES TO All Employers with GA Employees EFFECTIVE March 5, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 The Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act (GRCA) prohibits noncompete agreements with employees unless they “customarily and regularly” solicit customers or make sales, or are a “key employee.” In Blair v. Pantera Enters., Inc., the Georgia Court of Appeals provided […]

Kentucky: Mandatory Arbitration is Again Permissible

APPLIES TO All Employers with KY Employees EFFECTIVE March 25, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 In September 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court stated that mandatory arbitration agreements violate state law. Recently, the Kentucky legislature enacted SB 7 to change that ruling. The Bill specifically states that employers may require an employee or applicant […]

Maryland: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 per Hour by 2025

APPLIES TO All Employers with MD Employees EFFECTIVE June 1, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 The Maryland legislature recently overrode Governor Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage bill that will increase minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, and by 2026 for employers with 14 or less employees. HB 166/SB 280 raises […]

New Hampshire: Medical Marijuana May Be a Reimbursable Workers’ Compensation Expense

APPLIES TO All Employers with NH Employees EFFECTIVE March 7, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently stated that a workers’ compensation carrier could not deny an employee’s request for reimbursement of medical marijuana to treat a work-related injury.  In the Appeal of Andrew Panaggio, an employee suffered a […]

New Jersey: Update Arbitration and Non-Disclosure Agreements Immediately!

APPLIES TO All Employers with NJ Employees EFFECTIVE March 18, 2019 QUESTIONS? Contact HR On-Call (888) 378-2456 Recently enacted Senate Bill 121 prohibits nondisclosure agreements from concealing claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Interestingly, such terms are not enforceable against current or former employees, but they are enforceable against the employer, unless the employee discloses […]