Author:Matt Stokely

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided for mandatory Expanded Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFMLA) for employees of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.  The U.S. Department of Labor...

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In a surprising victory for employer groups and 21 states in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Texas, Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that effectively stopped implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which...

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The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released its newly revised Form I-9, which employers need to complete upon hiring new employees to confirm their identity and authorization to work in the USA as required by the existing immigration laws. Use of the new...

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By now, you may have heard about Governor Kasich’s signing of Ohio HB 523, the bill that legalizes certain usages of Medical Marijuana in Ohio for medical purposes.  The following is a summary of provisions that the bill integrated under the federal Controlled Substance Act...

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Authors:  Matt Stokely and Kristina Curry  Within the last few months, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued  several  decisions severely criticizing and holding unlawful many of the provisions and work rules that are typically found in Employee Handbooks, as well as provisions found in...

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Author:  Matt Stokely As we have mentioned in previous publications, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is considering significant changes to the regulations that govern payment of minimum wage and overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The proposed regulations have been under review...

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Author:  Matt Stokely In the past year, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has continued to police aggressively the employee handbooks and other employer policies that it believes violates employee rights under federal law.  There have been a number of recent NLRB decisions, and the NLRB’s...

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Author:  Matt Stokely The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently refined its test for determining joint-employer status in the Browning-Ferris case, in a 3-2 decision that concluded Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. was a joint employer of workers provided by a staffing agency at a BFI...

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