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Informed Employer: Present-Day Human Trafficking is Now an Every-Day Business Issue

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Supreme Court to Hear Hijab Discrimination Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will make a rare foray into popular clothing to weigh in on accusations that Abercrombie & Fitch illegally rejected a Muslim job applicant because of her hijab. Abercrombie argued that its store policy forbids sales staff -- whom it calls "models" -- from wearing "caps" of any sort, and that Samantha Elauf, then 17, should have made clear in her 2008 interview that she could not comply due to her religion.
(Source: ABS-CBN Interactive, 2015-02-23) Read the full article
Obama Blocks Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits
The Obama administration has blocked health plans without hospital benefits that many large employers argued fulfilled their obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Companies with millions of workers -- mainly in lower-wage industries such as staffing, retailing, restaurants and hotels that had not offered health coverage previously -- had been flocking toward such insurance for 2015.
(Source: Kaiser Health News, 2015-02-23) Read the full article
Wal-Mart to Boost Wages for Almost 40 Percent of Workforce
Wal-Mart, long criticized for its low wages and employee benefits, said it would spend more than $1 billion to increase pay for half a million U.S. employees this year. The increase announced by the largest private sector employer in the United States will cover about 40 percent of its U.S. workforce, but falls far short of what some labor groups have been agitating for.
(Source: Reuters, 2015-02-19) Read the full article
Home Care Workers Join Battle to Increase Wages
Home care workers are joining a nationwide movement to raise the wages of low-paid Americans with meetings and rallies in more than 20 cities over the next two weeks. The campaign, which kicks off in Carson City, Nevada, was inspired by fast food and retail worker protests the past two years that helped spark minimum wage hikes in many states and prompted Wal-Mart to boost its pay floor.
(Source: USA Today, 2015-02-22) Read the full article
Labor Unions Beginning to Gain Strength Again
After years of avoiding confrontation, the U.S. labor movement is reasserting itself. From the ports of Los Angeles to the car plants of Detroit, unions are demanding payback for sacrifices they say helped revive the economy.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2015-02-20) Read the full article
Business Travelers' Risky Behaviors Putting Companies in Danger
America's business travelers are too often mixing business with pleasure, exposing themselves and their employers to dangerous scenarios. According to a national survey by On Call International, a customized travel risk management firm, more than a quarter (27 percent) of business travelers admit to binge drinking while on business trips.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2015-02-20) Read the full article
As More Companies Cut Office Space, Employees Lose Privacy
With rents surging as the Manhattan office market rebounds, many companies are looking to cut costs, and one way to do that is by trimming personal space. The shrinking is happening beyond New York.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-02-22) Read the full article
Calif. Bill Requires Workers' Schedules to Be Posted 2 Weeks Out
Large retailers and restaurants in California would be required to post workers' schedules at least two weeks in advance and provide increased pay for shift changes under a bill introduced by San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu. The bill, which would also require the employers to pay workers for scheduled work time that's canceled, is similar to legislation Chiu introduced last year while on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
(Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-02-17) Read the full article
As More People Move Toward City Centers, Employers Follow Suit
For decades, most Americans working in metropolitan areas have gone to work outside city centers -- in suburban office parks, stores or plants, not downtown skyscrapers. But as people increasingly choose to live in cities instead of outside them, employers are following.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-02-24) Read the full article
 
 
 
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Present-Day Human Trafficking is Now an Every-Day Business Issue

 

Kelly Boggs-Lape

There has been recent legislative and regulatory surges towards the prevention and prohibition of forced labor and human trafficking that may impact your business wherever you operate. In rural towns, affluent suburbs and cities across the country, human trafficking exists under our noses. Shockingly, this labor practice is not limited to our nation’s border states or even brothels and back alleys. Unemployment, extensive highways and poverty can make any town a destination place for foreign victims, as well as a recruiting zone. In today’s inter-connected marketplace, businesses of all sizes need to be cognizant of their business partners’ practices in areas that were perhaps once viewed as outside the normal scope of business.

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If Legally Married Somewhere, Legally Married Everywhere Under the FMLA

On February 25, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule revising the definition of a "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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Executive Action on Immigration Stymied but not Dead

A U.S. District Court Judge in Texas has granted a temporary injunction on a discrete portion of the President's Executive Action on immigration. In turn, the Administration has filed for an emergency stay and appeal seeking continuation of the President's expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which was initially rolled out in 2012. The expedited motion seeks a stay of the injunction in its entirety, or alternatively, a stay of the injunction outside the state of Texas. The injunction does not affect the original DACA program (or renewals under that program) nor does it affect other portions of the President's Executive Action. Until a ruling on the Obama administration's appeal, the government will not accept new applications under the expanded DACA program which was set to begin February 18th. The coalition of 26 states seeking the injunction established sufficient standing to bring their lawsuit based on the anticipated expenses associated with issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Texas. The crux of the injunction and the appeal will be whether the President's Executive Action rises to the level of formal rulemaking which requires specific notice and comment periods under the Administration Procedures Act or whether it is a mere articulation of agency discretion on enforcement priorities. Meanwhile, Congress is quickly approaching a stalemate on funding for the Department of Homeland Security which, ironically, provides funding for border security, TSA, Secret Service and FEMA. For more information regarding the President's Executive Action on immigration see our previous article here.

Please contact Jenifer M. Brown or another member of the immigration practice with questions.

 

 
 
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