State and local public-sector unions will need to find new sources of revenue to fund their negotiations, thanks for a recent Supreme Court ruling striking down what's known as "fair-share fees." The ruling, which occurred in June of 2018, struck down an Illinois law which gave agencies the power to collect fees from non-union members to fund collective bargaining actions. There are laws similar to this one in 22 other states.
When it comes to running criminal background checks on potential new hires, employers must remember that small mistakes can lead to serious consequences. This was recently brought to light by the putative class action lawsuit of Ratliff v. Celadon Trucking Services. The plaintiff in the case, a job applicant who was denied employment based on the results of his background check, alleged injury-in-fact for the failure to receive required disclosures. Although the suit was eventually dismissed, the details of the case should serve as a warning to other employers.
A recent Department of Labor (DOL) ruling titled "Definition of 'Employer' Under Section 3(5) of ERISA-Association Health Plans" has grabbed the attention of employers in Florida and across the nation.
In an effort to protect victims who come forward with workplace discrimination or sexual harassment claims, the state of Vermont has recently outlawed "no rehire" clauses, which are commonly included in separation agreements following claim settlement.
The legalization of medical marijuana in many U.S. states, including Florida, has created new questions for employers. One of the hottest topics right now is the subject of ADA compliance and the use of medical marijuana in the workplace.