Labor & Employment Workforce Watch

January 2020

A guide to the employment law developments most likely to impact your business.

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In This Issue:

Hot Issue for 2020: U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
As employers head into 2020, the most closely-watched federal employment law issue is whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against discrimination “on the basis of sex” includes sexual orientation and gender identity. read more

CCPA for Employers: 2020 Point of Collection Notices
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) became effective on January 1, 2020, creating a host of new data privacy rights for individuals, including the rights to have businesses disclose and delete personal information they collect. read more

Employers Are Reminded to Review Compliance With the Now-Effective New Overtime Rules as Soon as Possible
As most employers are aware, properly classified exempt employees are not eligible for overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. read more

What to Expect From OSHA in 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stayed busy in fiscal year 2019. OSHA trained a record 1,392,611 workers on safety and health requirements through its various educational programs. read more

Year in Review: Notable 2019 Decisions Impacting Arbitration Agreements
2019 saw courts issue several significant decisions that have implications for employers nationwide who rely on arbitration agreements with their workforce. read more

Non-Compete Agreements: One Size May Not Fit All
In December 2019, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a report that revealed a continued increase in the use of non-competition agreements in the workplace. read more

Status of Sick Leave Ordinances in Texas Cities
The City of Dallas Earned Paid Sick Time Ordinance (the “Dallas Ordinance”) went into effect on August 1, 2019 for employers with six (6) or more employees. read more

Commentary: Five Degrees of Independent Contractor Misclassification
“Independent contractor misclassification” is a phrase that is misunderstood, misapplied, and misused – constantly. read more