Labor / Employment

An Illinois meat processing plant, the Chicago Meat Authority Inc. (“CMA”), and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently agreed to settle a three-year-old lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal court. The agency claimed that CMA had a recurring practice where it bypassed Black job applicants for almost a decade and subjected Black employees to racial slurs and harassment.

The Biden administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for ending certain preferential contracts with nonprofits that employ blind or seriously disabled workers. The nonprofits involved in these contracts have traditionally benefitted from a law that allows them to pay blind or seriously disabled employees less than the standard minimum wage. In addition, President Biden called for a phaseout of

Another year, another list.  I doubt anyone expected at the end of 2020 to still be talking about social distancing, mask wearing, and virtual holiday gatherings. Yet, here we are. In preparing to write this post, I thought about what we have written in the past about making resolutions, plans for new initiatives, and reinvigorating compliance efforts.  This year, my

President Biden recently signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which dedicated over $1 trillion towards a handful of improvements to transportation, broadband, and utilities. Up next is the Build Back Better Act which is slated to provide paid leave to employees for medical or family care. This will be in addition to the longstanding Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA),

The Biden administration recently announced that the federal government would stop raiding workplaces to arrest undocumented workers. This ends the former administration’s policy, which the Biden Administration claimed was used by “exploitative employers to suppress and retaliate against workers’ assertion of labor laws.”
This ends what U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas referred to as “mass worksite

On November 15, 2021, the city council of West Hollywood passed a comprehensive ordinance that implements the highest minimum wage in the country and new leave requirements for employees in the city.

The requirements under the ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2022.

Minimum Wage

Under the West Hollywood Ordinance, the city starts a stair-step climb, which includes two

A Maine attorney allegedly fired for taking parental leave must take his case to arbitration. A First Circuit judge decided that the language of an offer letter to the attorney required arbitration of his discrimination and wrongful termination claims.
Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP (“Preti”) hired Bryan O’Brien as an associate in 2017 to work at its Portland office.

Yesterday, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to put over $1 trillion towards transportation, broadband, and utilities revamps. Although many are wondering how this will affect infrastructure in the coming years, others are curious about how many and what type of jobs will be created as a result.
On the topic of his new bill’s effect

In a federal lawsuit filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, plaintiffs requested conditional certification of all student-athletes who had played for NCAA Division I schools since April 2017, along with sub-groups of students who had played at 15 other colleges and universities. More than 200,000 college student-athletes could opt-in if this request for the first stage of certification and

The Biden administration recently announced initiatives for an expedited 90-day schedule to counteract supply shortages caused by gridlock stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions represent efforts to enlist business enterprises to increase staffing and work around the clock to get goods off the ships, into warehouse distribution centers, and onto trucks and trains so that they reach consumers more