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Posted June 30, 2022 with Tags

Tammy Reno Expertise Added to NJL Products Team

Tammy’s deep experience managing a high volume of litigation files from the point of intake to skillfully handling trials will add to the group’s potent team of litigators. She has also handled numerous cases through the arbitration and mediation processes.

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Posted June 23, 2022 with Tags ,

Department of Education Releases Proposed Title IX Revisions

The Title IX regulations were last amended in May 2020 by the Trump administration and faced an immediate—and largely unsuccessful—legal challenge. The Biden administration’s proposed regulations are a major departure from the current regulations. Among the changes, they expand the scope of covered conduct, eliminate many of the detailed Trump-era requirements for grievance procedures (including the controversial hearing and cross-examination requirements), make explicit protections for LGBTQI+ students, and add protections for pregnant students and employees.

Newsroom image for the post NJL Adds Deborah Autrey to L&E Team

Posted June 22, 2022 with Tags

NJL Adds Deborah Autrey to L&E Team

Minneapolis-based law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis PA is pleased to announce that Deborah Autrey joins its national labor and employment practice. Deborah will be working alongside employers on discrimination claims, including Title VII, ADA, and ADEA claims, wage-and-hour matters, workplace investigations, and labor relations.

Newsroom image for the post Minnesota Employers: Understanding the New Frontline Worker Pay Law

Posted June 8, 2022 with Tags ,

Minnesota Employers: Understanding the New Frontline Worker Pay Law

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law last month providing bonus pay for eligible COVID-19 frontline workers. Although the State is administering the program, which opens June 8, 2022, the Frontline Worker Pay law requires that employers in a “frontline sector” provide notice to current employees who may be eligible for the payment by June 23, 2022. We have put together a few key takeaways for you to consider in evaluating potential notice obligations.

Newsroom image for the post New York City Council Amends Wage Transparency Law

Posted June 6, 2022

New York City Council Amends Wage Transparency Law

In 2021, New York City joined the growing list of cities and states requiring employers to include salary ranges in job postings. This law was expected to go into effect on May 15, 2022. However, after heeding concerns raised by many groups pertaining to ambiguities in the law, the New York City Council passed an amended version of the New York City Pay Transparency Law that postpones its effective date to November 1, 2022.

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Posted June 6, 2022

Oregon Extends Vaccine Incentives, Hiring Bonuses

In early March 2022, the Oregon legislature sought to extend that exclusion until 180 days after Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown terminated the COVID-19 emergency declaration signed into law in 2020. Governor Brown signed the extension of the pay equity exclusion just two days shy of terminating the COVID-19 emergency declaration on March 17, 2022, which termination became effective on April 1, 2022.

Newsroom image for the post Washington State Jumps on the Pay Transparency Bandwagon

Posted June 6, 2022

Washington State Jumps on the Pay Transparency Bandwagon

A recent amendment to Washington law will require employers to disclose information about pay and other benefits in postings for jobs in the state. This new affirmative disclosure requirement, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees, becomes effective on January 1, 2023.

Newsroom image for the post OFCCP Mandates Contractors Conduct, Share Pay Equity Analyses

Posted June 6, 2022

OFCCP Mandates Contractors Conduct, Share Pay Equity Analyses

Federal contractors will soon be facing new pay equity disclosure requirements under a directive issued by the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP announced that it will require contractors to conduct pay equity analyses of their workforce and share those results with the OFCCP, even if the attorney-client privilege would otherwise protect the analyses. The OFCCP’s initiative signals an aggressive new focus on pay equity and a willingness to press the bounds of the government’s regulatory authority.

Posted May 27, 2022 with Tags

NJL’s Response to Uvalde

We at Nilan Johnson Lewis are heartbroken and outraged, both by the senseless massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo and by the too-slow racial reckoning ignited by George Floyd’s murder two years ago, the ramifications of which we still feel today. …

Newsroom image for the post USCIS Confirms Acceptable Evidence of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses

Posted March 29, 2022 with Tags ,

USCIS Confirms Acceptable Evidence of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses

Following the Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas settlement, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) started issuing I-94 forms on January 30, 2022, with new Class of Admission (COA) codes for certain E and L spouses as evidence of their employment authorization incident to status. The term incident to status means that employment authorization is granted with the underlying immigration status (instead of having to first apply and be approved for work authorization in order to accept employment in the United States). The new COA designations were intended to distinguish E and L spouses from E and L children who are not employment authorized.

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Posted February 7, 2022 with Tags

Nilan Johnson Lewis Receives Women-Owned Business Certification

Minneapolis-based law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) is proud to announce that it has received a Women-Owned Business Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The certification is a significant achievement in the firm’s ongoing commitment to being an industry leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and makes NJL one of the largest certified women-owned law firms in the U.S.  

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Posted November 29, 2021 with Tags

COVID Impacts Work-Made-For-Hire Doctrine Analysis

Work-For-Hire Doctrine Under copyright law, artists generally own the rights to the work they create. However, an exception exists when an artist’s work qualifies as a “work made for hire” under Section 101 of the Copyright Act. A work made …

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Posted November 16, 2021 with Tags

Remote Employees and Colorado Pay Disclosure Requirements

Over the last few years, employers across the United States have become accustomed to dealing with a patchwork of state pay equity requirements, including some that give employees the right to request and openly discuss and disclose their wages. A handful of states and municipalities have gone farther, enacting pay transparency schemes under which employers must affirmatively disclose the pay ranges for a position. States that impose some kind of pay transparency requirement include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, Washington. These states, and others, have recently adopted new or revised pay equity statutes imposing additional requirements upon employers.

Newsroom image for the post Roving Employees and How to Pay Them

Posted November 16, 2021 with Tags

Roving Employees and How to Pay Them

Employers in the not-to-distant past constructed pay scales based in part on the location of the employees. Employers routinely paid employees in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles a premium. By 2021, however, the concept of a worksite has been exploded, and employees work virtually from across the country. This change has dramatic implications for employers analyzing whether to structure pay scales tailored to geographic locales.

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Posted November 16, 2021 with Tags

Pay Equity Analyses in the Land of Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many areas of the employment landscape. Job descriptions, essential functions, ADA accommodations, undue hardship, and Title VII religious accommodations are all areas that have been substantially impacted by the virtual work environment and the availability of mechanisms such as Zoom to substitute for physical attendance. Pay equity analyses are just the latest area to be impacted by the virtual environment. Employers may need to rethink how they conduct their pay equity analyses going forward.

Newsroom image for the post Sara Lewenstein Joins Employment Team at NJL

Posted November 8, 2021

Sara Lewenstein Joins Employment Team at NJL

Minneapolis, MN—Minnesota-based national law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) welcomes Sara Lewenstein as an associate to the Labor and Employment practice group. Sara joins the firm with comprehensive employment-related litigation experience, focusing her work on defending employers against claims of …

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