This Employment Law This Week Monthly Rundown features a recap of the most important news from October 2018. The episode includes:
1. EEOC Publishes Sexual Harassment Data
Our top story: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) publishes sexual harassment data. Coinciding with the first anniversary of the start of the #MeToo movement, the EEOC has released preliminary data on sexual harassment claims in fiscal year 2018. The agency filed 66 harassment lawsuits in 2018, 41 of which were claims of sexual harassment. The latter represents a 50 percent increase, the first increase in at least eight years. David Garland, from Epstein Becker Green, has more:
2. Paid Sick Leave in New York and New Jersey
Paid sick leave continues to catch on across the country with some new developments in the Tri-State Area. New York City recently adopted amendments to its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, including new requirements for employers’ written sick time policies. Just to the north, Westchester County passed its own paid sick leave law, which is expected to go into effect next April. And on October 29, New Jersey became the 10th state to implement a statewide paid sick leave law. New Jersey employers of all sizes must now provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees. Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, from Epstein Becker Green, has more:
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3. Seventh Circuit: Class Arbitration Decisions Belong in Courts
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit holds that the validity of class waivers should be decided by the courts. The Seventh Circuit relied on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Epic Systems ruling to reverse a district court decision invalidating a mortgage company’s class action waiver. In doing so, the Seventh Circuit took on one of the ancillary issues that has emerged from the Epicruling. The court held that the availability of class or collective proceedings is a fundamental, gateway issue and, therefore, should be decided by the courts and not arbitrators. The ruling aligns the Seventh Circuit with the Fourth and the Ninth Circuits. The Supreme Court is currently considering the issue this term in Schein v. Archer.
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4. The NLRB in Transition
Changes at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) are picking up pace as President Trump’s appointees settle in. The recently proposed joint-employer rule would return to the “indirect control” standard and do away with expansions under the Obama administration. The General Counsel’s office is implementing organizational changes that will centralize decision-making on cases. At the same time, the General Counsel recently published some guidance for employers that was developed by the previous administration. Jay Sharma, Associate General Counsel for Tesla, tells us how employers like his are navigating this transition:
Stay tuned for further developments that may affect your business.
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