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  • October 23, 2014
    The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a significant decision clarifying the pleading standards in securities litigation, clarifying what must be alleged to impute a corporation with knowledge of alleged misconduct by its agents and employees.
  • October 16, 2014
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has raised the minimum wage for federal service and construction contract workers to $10.10, in a final rule that takes effect January 1, 2015.
  • October 8, 2014
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) recently restated and refined its approach to determining whether workers are independent contractors, reaffirming that independent contractor status is based on common law agency principles with no one factor being decisive.
  • October 3, 2014
    A recent National Labor Relations Board decision could significantly increase the damages that employees can recover against an employer that acquires a business but refuses to hire the employees of the predecessor.
  • September 8, 2014
    In the run up to Labor Day, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed two public acts into law that significantly impact Illinois employers. The first is a major extension of the Human Rights Act that enhances pregnancy discrimination protections to affirmatively require accommodations for pregnancy and related conditions. The second imposes significant limitations on employers who use payroll cards in lieu of checks, cash or direct deposit of wages.
  • September 2, 2014
    Recent reforms to the Michigan personal property tax require community colleges to report their debt revenue loss to the Michigan Department of Treasury by September 5, 2014.
  • August 15, 2014
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, its first comprehensive update on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers since 1983.
  • August 14, 2014
    Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporations (“IC-DISCs”) offer significant potential tax benefits for U.S. companies that export U.S. manufactured products or certain engineering or architectural services with respect to foreign projects. IC-DISCs can provide tax benefits to all types of U.S. exporters, including C- and S-corporations, LLCs and partnerships.
  • August 12, 2014
    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel recently authorized complaints to be issued against a major restaurant franchisor as a joint employer along with its franchisees in 43 claims of alleged violations of the NLRA.
  • August 7, 2014
    An employer planning to terminate an employee on H-1B visa status needs to ensure that the termination is undertaken in compliance with not only the employment contract and applicable state and federal law, but also in compliance with Federal regulations unique to H-1B employees.