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Posted October 10, 2018

California Aims to Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment Through Arbitration and Settlement Agreement Laws

In the wake of #MeToo, two new laws in California seek to prevent further workplace sexual harassment by changing how employers structure arbitration and settlement agreements, among others. Signed into law on September 30, 2018, by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill No. 820 makes it unlawful for settlement agreements to include confidentiality provisions that impede a person’s right to pursue civil damages against employers and harassers.

Newsroom image for the post Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Nicole Dailo

Posted October 4, 2018

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Nicole Dailo

Minneapolis-based national law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Dailo as an associate attorney in its labor and employment practice group. Nicole will be advising and defending employers with an emphasis on California employment law issues.

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Posted September 21, 2018

WEBINAR RECORDING: ALFA’s Legal Hot Topics

ALFA International hosted a complimentary webinar on September 14 titled "Legal Hot Topics," where member firms' attorneys presented on hot new areas in their respective practices. NJL's product liability attorney Scott Rusert presented on industry custom evidence.

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Posted September 17, 2018

Don Lewis Named Outstanding Director for Work with HealthPartners

Nilan Johnson Lewis is proud to announce that Don Lewis has been recognized by Twin Cities Business as a “2018 Outstanding Director” honoree for his work on the Board of Directors of HealthPartners. Lewis will be honored for his dedication and exceptional work in the course of his board service at an award ceremony on the evening of October 10, 2018.

Newsroom image for the post FCRA Standalone Disclosure Claims: Not Still Standing in the 8th Circuit

Posted September 7, 2018

FCRA Standalone Disclosure Claims: Not Still Standing in the 8th Circuit

On September 6, 2018, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee who consents to a background check cannot pursue a claim in federal court based on a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) disclosure and authorization requirement.

Newsroom image for the post San Antonio Becomes Second City in Texas to Require Paid Sick Leave

Posted August 21, 2018 with Tags , , ,

San Antonio Becomes Second City in Texas to Require Paid Sick Leave

On August 16, 2018, San Antonio became the second city in Texas to pass a paid sick leave ordinance, which requires that employers provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. While the ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2019, most of the requirements do not become effective until August 2019.

Newsroom image for the post Departments of Justice and Labor Working To Cutdown Foreign Hires

Posted August 9, 2018 with Tags , , ,

Departments of Justice and Labor Working To Cutdown Foreign Hires

Recently, the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Labor signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on President Trump’s “America First” agenda. In the agreement, the departments will share information on employers, refer issues to the appropriate officials at each department and offer training to each other’s staff with the goal of uncovering companies that “discriminate” against U.S. workers by hiring foreign employees.

Posted July 27, 2018

California Employers On the Hook for Tracking Employee Time

On Thursday, July 26, the California Supreme Court held that California employers may no longer ignore or fail to compensate for small amounts of time that non-exempt employees work simply because recording that time is administratively difficult. This is an alarming departure from the de minimis defense employers have for federal wage-and-hour claims and warrants immediate attention by California employers.

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Posted July 16, 2018 with Tags , , ,

Massachusetts Reforms Employment Laws to Include Generous Paid Family Leave Program

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill reforming several employment laws and creates one of the most employee-generous paid family and medical leave programs in the country. The program, which will be funded by a combination of payroll deductions and employer contributions, guarantees up to 26 weeks of paid leave for current and some former employees, and allows self-employed contractors to opt into the program.

Newsroom image for the post In California, Ignorance of Complex Wage Laws is No Excuse

Posted June 4, 2018 with Tags , , ,

In California, Ignorance of Complex Wage Laws is No Excuse

A California employer that does not pay its employees all required wages upon termination is liable for both the underpayment of wages and, if the failure to pay is “willful,” a “waiting time” penalty of up to 30 days’ wages. This is one of the ways a California wage-and-hour violation can become a very expensive mistake.

Posted June 2, 2018

Nilan Johnson Lewis Named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) is proud to announce that it has again been named to Law 360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys” list, a ranking published as part of the news organization’s annual Glass Ceiling report. The firm placed No. 18 among all U.S. legal services firms employing at least 20 but fewer than 150 lawyers.

Newsroom image for the post Duluth Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Beginning in 2020

Posted June 1, 2018 with Tags , , , , , ,

Duluth Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Beginning in 2020

On May 30, 2018, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance requiring private employers to provide paid sick and safe leave to employees, following other Minnesota cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul. The ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2020. Because this is a contentious issue, we expect to see additional amendments before the ordinance takes effect.

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