Employee Handbooks and Policies

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to adopt a monumental final rule prohibiting employers from entering into non-competes against all workers within the jurisdiction of the FTC – a move that is poised to reshape how employers approach employment agreements.Continue Reading Scope and Impact of the FTC’s Non-Compete Rule for Employers

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a lateral job transfer can – in certain circumstances – be an illegal adverse action and support a claim for a lawsuit for unlawful discrimination. This decision will increase the type of job actions for which employers can be sued and will lead to greater risk for employers in making challenging employment decisions.Continue Reading Supreme Court Holds That Employees Need Not Show “Significant” Harm to Support a Title VII Discrimination Claim Based on a Job Transfer

For healthcare provider companies, a critical question about the FTC’s decision is whether it applies to nonprofit entities. I recently analyzed the impact on the healthcare industry of the vote by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to move forward with a final rule banning non-compete agreements for an article in Modern Healthcare.Continue Reading FTC’s New Ban on Non-Compete Agreements and Potential Impact on Nonprofit Healthcare Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Final Rule increasing the salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions, a move which the DOL anticipates will result in around four million additional workers becoming eligible for overtime pay. Continue Reading DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor issued final regulations on April 23, expanding the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA. The final regulations alter the definition of “investment advice fiduciary” for purposes of Title I and Title II of ERISA to impose fiduciary duties on individuals or entities that make compensated recommendations related to the use of retirement assets to participants, beneficiaries and owners of qualified retirement plans and IRAs.Continue Reading BREAKING: DOL Expands Definition of Fiduciary under ERISA

The Background

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) became effective on June 27, 2023. On August 11, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its proposed regulations on the PWFA. After receiving over 100,000 public comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the EEOC issued its final rule and interpretive guidance to implement the PWFA on April 15, 2024 (Final Rule). Continue Reading Summary of the EEOC’s Final Regulations Implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On April 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process Rule, which is set to take effect 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register on May 31, 2024. The new rule broadens workers’ rights to choose who represents them during safety inspections, overwriting an old standard that required the representative to be a fellow employee and opening the door for outside representatives such as those from unions.Continue Reading Can a Non-Employee Join a Safety Inspection? Yes, Under OSHA’s New Worker Walkaround Rule a Non-Employee Can Serve As an Employee Representative During Safety Inspections

As we kick off a new year, there are already a number of recent decisions at the state and federal levels impacting future considerations for employers and workplace policy.

We invite you to join the Bass, Berry & Sims labor & employment attorneys for a lively presentation as they discuss the significant legal developments impacting employers as we look ahead to 2024.Continue Reading Register Now: New Year…New Laws…New Challenges for Employers Webinar