Executive Briefing focuses on emerging developments in employment, labor law and employee benefits.
Access the full PDF version of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits: Executive Briefing, March 2014
New OFCCP Regulations Take Effect March 24
New rules issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs become effective on March 24, 2014. The new rules make significant changes to federal contractors’ and subcontractors’ obligations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Covered federal contractors and subcontractors should be prepared to implement new practices by March 24. Read the full Executive Briefing to learn more.
Final regulation for the employer shared responsibility (“pay or play”) requirement under the Affordable Care Act were issued by the Treasury Department on February 12, 2014. Read the full Executive Briefing to understand several important transition relief provisions of which employers should be aware.
The National Labor Relations Board’s proposed changes to union representation election procedures, along with the recent affirmation of its Specialty Healthcare decision, are primed to create a challenging legal environment for non-union employers. Working in tandem, these rules will make it much more difficult for non-union employers to combat union organizing efforts within their businesses. Non-union employers would be well-served to take a proactive approach by developing a plan before a petition is filed and before the new rules go into effect. Read the full Executive Briefing to learn more.
Employers all over the country should be keeping an eye on the development of “whistleblower” protections in the states in which they operate. Most jurisdictions have some protection for employees who are fired for reporting serious corporate misconduct to their superiors or to outside officials. A recent federal appeals court case provided some clarity about how whistleblower protections will be applied under Kansas law. Specifically, the decision addressed what it means to report corporate misconduct, and who the report must go to in order to afford the reporting employee the protected status of a whistleblower. Read the full Executive Briefing to learn more.
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