A unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court, issued on June 13, 2024, settles the split among the circuit courts concerning the factors to be considered by a court in considering a request by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to obtain an injunction under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) against an employer during the pendency of NLRB administrative proceedings and raises the bar that must be satisfied by the NLRB for such injunctive relief

The decision in in Starbucks Corp.Continue Reading

On May 17, 2024, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law SB 24-205, entitled Consumer Protections for Artificial Intelligence, which will become effective on February 1, 2026. The law applies to developers and deployers of high-risk AI systems doing business in Colorado.

Under the statute, “developer” means a person doing business in Colorado that develops or intentionally and substantially modifies an AI system; and “deployer” means a person doing business in Colorado that uses a high-risk AI system. … Continue Reading

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has issued its final regulations for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), providing guidance for employers on implementing the PWFA in their workplaces and understanding how the law will be enforced. The new rules will take effect on June 18, 2024, although the PWFA itself has been in effect since June 27, 2023.… Continue Reading

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) took aggressive enforcement measures this week by filing suit against 15 employers that allegedly failed to submit mandatory EEO-1 workforce demographic reports in prior years, including 2021 and 2022. The lawsuits were brought in federal courts across 10 states, including New Jersey, New York, and Arizona.… Continue Reading

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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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