On February 6, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a controversial bill that will provide sweeping new protections and an expansion of rights for temporary workers in New Jersey, dubbed the “Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights” (A1474/S511).  This new law, which represents a significant victory for temporary workers in the Garden State, seeks to increase government oversight of temporary staffing agencies, advance pay equity between temporary workers and regular employees, and preclude retaliatory conduct against temporary workers. … Continue Reading

Earlier this month, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed into law the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act” for the purpose of protecting individuals from discrimination and retaliation in employment, housing, education, and public services/accommodations on the basis of an individual’s natural hairstyle. Specifically, the CROWN Act amends the Minnesota Human Rights Act to provide that discrimination against an individual on the basis of “traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and hair styles such braids, locs, and twists,” is unlawful. … Continue Reading

On January 30, 2023, the Biden Administration said that it will end COVID-19 emergency declarations on May 11, 2023.  The federal government has been paying for COVID-19 vaccines, some tests, and certain treatments under the public health emergency declaration. Many of those costs now will be transferred to private insurance and government health plans.… Continue Reading

In a divided decision handed down yesterday, January 17, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit partially affirmed the decision of a federal District Court eliminating, in part, aspects of an employer-friendly 2019 Rule put in place by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to “ensure fair and accurate voting, transparency, uniformity, certainty and finality, and efficiency” in the union election process by, in effect, slowing some of the Obama-era NLRB’s “quickie election” procedures.  … Continue Reading

As of January 1, 2023, all Colorado employers are required to post or otherwise provide employees with the state-issued FAMLI Program notice (available in English and Spanish) and also begin deducting employees’ shares of FAMLI Program premiums from employee paychecks, where applicable.

Under the FAMLI Program, eligible employees may receive up to up to $1,100 in weekly FAMLI Program benefits for eligible leave starting in 2024, and up to 90 percent of the state average weekly wage rate for eligible leave taken thereafter.… Continue Reading

On December 29, 2022, as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Spending Bill, President Biden signed into law two pieces of legislation that will benefit pregnancy and nursing mothers – the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act). … Continue Reading

In this podcast episode we cover diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Consumer Financial Services industry. Dee Spagnuolo, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s White Collar Group moderates the discussion, joined by Brian Pedrow, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. Dee and Brian are co-leaders of the firm’s DEI Counseling Team.… Continue Reading

In January 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 3170, which amended and significantly expanded employer obligations under the Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (“NJ WARN”).  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the State delayed the amendments’ effective date until 90 days after the termination of the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency related to COVID-19. … Continue Reading

On December 29, 2022, Congress passed the “Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Improvement Act” to motivate both would-be whistleblowers and the plaintiffs’ bar to pursue Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AMLA”) and related claims more vigorously by providing certain financial incentives. 

First, the Act entitles whistleblowers to an award of between 10 and 30 percent of the value of “monetary sanctions” above $1 million collected as a result of an enforcement action (importantly, “monetary sanctions” do not include forfeiture). … Continue Reading

Following the Federal Trade Commission’s announcement late last year that the Agency would use Section 5 of the FTC Act to police aggressively conduct it deems unfair (see our Legal Alert), the Agency kicked off the New Year with two actions aimed at banning non-compete agreements between employers and workers.  … Continue Reading