The Governmental Affairs team of lawyers & attorneys at Littler Mendelson use the Washington D.C. Employment Law Update to educate readers on the most recent labor & employment legal developments in the nation’s capitol. Located in the city it covers, the Governmental Affairs Team closely monitors, tracks and reports on legislation, regulations, federal agency activity and executive orders that impact the labor and employment landscape.
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On Tuesday members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections heard competing testimony about the merits of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime requirements to many home care workers. This...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its much-anticipated final rule (pdf) revising the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to better align it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Although the...
On March 14 the Senate overwhelmingly approved a transportation funding bill that includes an amendment (S. Amdt. 1830) that would ease pension funding rules. Specifically, the provision included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act (S. 1813) would amend section...
On March 13, 2012, lawmakers reintroduced a bipartisan bill in the Senate that would overturn a 2009 Supreme Court decision that toughened an employee’s burden of proof in bringing a discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The Protecting Older Workers...
On March 8, 2012 Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) reintroduced a bill (H.R. 4181) that would effectively ban most employment-related predispute arbitration agreements. Specifically, this bill would stipulate that: no predispute arbitration agreement shall be valid or enforceable if it requires...
On Wednesday the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies conducted a hearing to discuss the Department of Labor’s fiscal year 2013 budget request. The $3.8 trillion proposed budget would distribute $12 billion in discretionary...
On March 7, 2012, lawmakers reintroduced two measures in the Senate, both of which would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), but they serve different objectives. One bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), and the other is a Democrat- sponsored bill. The National...
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has reintroduced the Fair Playing Field Act of 2012 (S. 2145), legislation that would limit the use of a federal “safe harbor” that allows businesses to treat workers as independent contractors for federal employment tax purposes, regardless of the...
According to a recently-released Field Assistance Bulletin, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has advised its staff to uniformly enforce a rule that became effective on May 5, 2011 governing ownership of employee tips under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In...
Federal Court Partially Invalidates NLRB Notice Posting Rule, Rejects First Judicial Attempt to Contest Board Recess Appointments
UPDATE: Plaintiffs filed notice on March 5, 2012 that they are appealing the decision upholding the Board’s authority to issue its notice posting rule and moved to enjoin enforcement of the rule while the appeal is pending. On March 7, 2012, the district court denied plaintiffs’ motion...