Regulatory

Canada mulls major temp foreign worker policy changes

|July 28th, 2021|

The Canadian government is proposing major changes to the rules for temporary foreign workers to address existing gaps in worker protections and strengthen program integrity.
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Covid compliance: Charting a new course

|July 28th, 2021|

After navigating the Covid-19 pandemic and a fully remote workforce, employers and their legal advisors are charting a new course as they seek to return workers to the office. A staffing firm’s general counsel outlines considerations in Staffing Industry Review.
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Repeal of Trump-era joint employer rule nears as White House concludes review

|July 21st, 2021|

The White House last week cleared the way for a repeal of the Trump administration’s standard for joint employment that many considered more business friendly.
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Buyer to pay $1.45 million in racial harassment suit; failed to take immediate and corrective action

|July 14th, 2021|

The Ohio-based medical and laboratory product manufacturer and distributor and its staffing firm did not take immediate corrective action when workers complained, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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New Jersey governor signs IC misclassification legislative package

|July 14th, 2021|

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last week signed a four-bill legislative package aimed at stopping the practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors.
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Amazon loses bid to enforce arbitration in IC misclassification lawsuit

|June 23rd, 2021|

The US Supreme Court declined to review a First Circuit ruling that Amazon’s delivery drivers in Massachusetts are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and cannot be forced into arbitration. The drivers can now take their misclassification case to court.
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OSHA releases Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for healthcare workers, updates general industry guidance

|June 16th, 2021|

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration on June 10 published a Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for specific healthcare settings and provided updated guidance for employers in all other industries to reflect current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Kentucky buyer faces H-2A program debarment over violations

|June 16th, 2021|

A Kentucky tobacco and hemp farm will pay $39,186 for violations of the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program and is debarred from the program for three years, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division reported.
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EEOC allows Covid-19 vaccine requirements, incentives

|June 9th, 2021|

Recently updated Covid-19 guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addresses vaccination incentives and how to provide accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other regulations.
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UK to create watchdog to protect workers’ rights

|June 9th, 2021|

A new watchdog group will be created to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on workplace abuse, the UK government announced this week.
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