Labor / Employment

Last year, California enacted two laws that severely restrict noncompete agreements in the state. First, Senate Bill 699, now codified as Section 16600.5 of the Business & Professions Code, extends the state’s general ban on noncompete agreements to agreements signed out of state. It also creates a private right of action for employees whose agreements include restrictive covenants, including

The American Alliance for Equal Rights spearheaded the lawsuit in which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately abolished the use of affirmative action in higher education. Now, the conservative activist group headed by Edward Blum has set its sights on prohibiting equity policies and funding to minority-owned businesses, with the larger goal of eliminating workplace diversity programs.

American Alliance for Equal

A controversial proposed law is sending shockwaves through workplaces, and it surrounds the age-old battle of work-life balance. The law is CA Assembly Bill 2751. Commonly referred to as the ‘right to disconnect’ law, which will require employers to clearly establish working hours with employees to set boundaries regarding when an employer can legally contact an employee. As a thought

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that clarifies certain aspects of healthcare conscience laws, which sometimes allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment based on religious grounds.
However, the rule also provides some safeguards against discrimination for patients seeking treatment for conditions related to reproductive care, HIV prevention, and gender dysphoria. Critics of

Jersey City

In our previous post, we discussed which major federal employment laws are triggered based upon the number of employees a business has. This post outlines which New Jersey employment laws are triggered as a business grows and hires more employees.One Employee:

  •  The New Jersey Wage and Hour Law (NJWHL) – establishes minimum wage and overtime requirements.
  •  The

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule about the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the final rule, an entity qualifies as a joint employer if each entity has an employee-employer relationship with the employees and they share or jointly determine one or more of the

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule changing the criteria for classifying independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which is largely the same as the proposed rule, takes effect on March 11, 2024.
The DOL Final Rule
The final rule has significant implications for gig workers, who often work through

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an executive order to severely restrict inclusion, equity, and diversity (IE&D) programs across the state. The order requires all state agencies and public colleges to report how much money they spend on IE&D programs and review the necessity and efficiency of all such programs to eliminate them and dismiss non-critical personnel. The governor’s stated

In 2024, creating a more equitable workplace is a top priority for many employers and employees. And the looming election could have a far-reaching impact as the corporate world continues to create and implement policies to do so. It is no secret that elections can be divisive and contentious, and the results of this can have a ripple effect on

Have you ever felt the heat of a workplace dispute and watched the phrase “calm down” fan the flames? Conflict resolution specialist Carol Bowser joins us to unravel the complexities of emotional intelligence in such fiery situations. Our conversation uncovers why acknowledging emotions and involving individuals in the resolution process is key to maintaining harmony, especially in the nuanced dance