In a speech given on October 17, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") Director Tom Human stated that he has instructed Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative unit of ICE, to quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year, referring to the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.  He also stated that "not only are we go...
While Congress could not legislatively repeal or even modify the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), President Trump is moving to make significant changes in it administratively through the executive power.  The Executive Order issued on October 12, 2017 instructs federal agencies to lay the groundwork for allowing less-expensive insurance plans with fewer ...
With the growth in the use of medical marijuana and the continuing expansion of synthetic drugs, traditional employer drug-testing policies may need review.  Let’s take the pot issue first.  Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states, but federal law still considers marijuana a Class One drug under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, ...
Employers often complain about so-called "ambulance chasing" plaintiffs’ lawyers.  In a recent ruling, a federal judge in Pennsylvania chastised a plaintiffs’ law firm about its solicitation efforts and set forth guidelines about accuracy and honesty in efforts to recruit clients to join in a class action as plaintiffs.  Katz v. DNC Servs. Corp....
In September, a federal judge ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") must pay an employer almost $2 million in legal fees for pursing class sexual harassment claims against a company that it knew or should have known were frivolous.  EEOC v. SRST Van Expedited, Inc., No. 07-CV-95 (N.D. Iowa, 9/22/17).  The EEOC had claim...
OSHA released its list in September of the 10 most commonly cited safety violations.  The preliminary Top 10 most-cited violations for 2017 are as follows: (1) fall protection at 6,072 violations (29 C.F.R. 1926.501); (2) hazard communication at 4,176 violations (29 C.F.R. 1910. 1200); (3) scaffolding at 3,288 violations (29 C.F.R. 1926.451); (4) res...
In a long-standing saga, Southern auto workers have again rejected the United Auto Workers Union, this time after a 12-year campaign to organize the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi.  The vote was 2,244 to 1,307 against the union on August 3-4.  The union supporters thought they had certain demographics in their favor, since 80% of the Nissan...
 

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