In a unanimous decision, on May 15, 2024, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the state’s amendments (Chapter 212) to the Wage Payment Law (WPL) and the Wage and Hour Law (WHL) apply prospectively, and therefore plaintiffs cannot rely on the amendments to recover for any conduct that took place before the amendment’s effective date on August 6, 2019.… Continue Reading

As we previously reported, here, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to issue a final rule (the “Rule”) that would prevent most employers from enforcing noncompete agreements against workers, with only limited exceptions for existing noncompetes with senior executives and noncompetes made in connection with the bona fide sale of a business.… Continue Reading

On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final guidance on workplace harassment subject to federal employment discrimination laws.  Aptly titled, “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace” (915.064), this guidance addresses how harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information is defined under EEOC-enforced statutes and provides the analysis for determining whether employer liability is established. … Continue Reading

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Legal updates have become more important than ever in the evolving workplace in a post-pandemic era. Stay on top of the latest trends and advice on how to handle the new evolving workplace by participating in SEPA SHRM’s premiere legal conference!

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA) of SHRM is excited to host our 12th Annual HR Legal Summit, where over 200+ HR Professionals gain practical information on Labor and Employment Law compliance for 2024 and beyond.… Continue Reading

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees,” which raises the salary thresholds for “white-collar” and highly compensated employees, rendering millions of employees eligible for overtime. The final rule phases in the new thresholds beginning July 1, 2024.… Continue Reading

Last week, on April 17, 2024, the US Supreme Court unanimously held in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, et al., that an employee challenging a job transfer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) needs to show they suffered “some harm” under the terms of their employment, but the harm need not be “material,” “substantial,” or “serious.”… Continue Reading

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted yesterday to issue a final rule that will prevent most employers from enforcing noncompete agreements against workers, with only limited exceptions for existing noncompetes with senior executives and noncompetes made in connection with the bona fide sale of a business. Employers must review existing and prospective employment agreements and revise them to comply with the new rule, which, unless enjoined by a court, will go into effect 120 days after publication in the Federal Register, expected in the coming days.… Continue Reading

On April 1, 2024, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its final rule – known informally as the “walk around rule” – which makes two changes to its Representatives of Employers and Employees regulation (29 C.F.R. § 1903.8(c)) to significantly expand who an employee can bring in to join a workplace safety inspection.… Continue Reading

On March 21, 2024, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) issued its proposed Statement of Policy on Bank Merger Transactions (the “Proposal”) for public comment. The Proposal seeks to update guidance, last amended in 2008, on how it will evaluate bank merger transactions with respect to competition, financial resources, the convenience and needs of communities, financial stability, and money laundering.… Continue Reading

On March 8, 2024, a Texas federal district court vacated the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”) 2023 joint employer rule (“2023 Rule), and restored the 2020 joint employer rule (“2020 Rule”).

As we previously reported, the NLRB proposed the 2023 Rule for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).… Continue Reading