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Act Now Advisory – Protecting Your Workforce: What You Need to Know About Ebola

By Susan Gross Sholinsky

The Ebola virus disease (“Ebola”) has become a worldwide threat, which, among many other effects, has forced employers to think about how to protect their employees. Employers also must consider how Ebola might impact employment policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, those addressing attendance, leaves of absence, discipline, and medical testing.

My colleagues and I have written a detailed Act Now advisory providing legal framework of best practices and legal risks pertaining to Ebola. 

Click here to read the advisory in its entirety… Continue Reading

Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing

Our colleague Allen B. Roberts recently wrote a client advisory entitled “Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing,” which appears on Epstein Becker Green’s website.

Following is an excerpt:

Contributions to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans have been a mainstay, legacy feature of union negotiations in many industries. But the fabric of such staples may be tearing apart as employers contemplate the potential of escalating contributions to amortize unfunded liabilities that increase costs but may have imperceptible value for their own employees. Increasingly, employers and their employees are questioning whether the … Continue Reading

FMLA Certifications: What to Do with an Incomplete or Insufficient Certification

By Anna A. Cohen         

A common complaint from retail employers is that employees requesting FMLA leave often submit Certifications from health care providers that are incomplete (one or more of the entries are blank) or insufficient (the information provided is vague, ambiguous, or non-responsive).  Employers are not required to automatically grant a leave of absence upon receipt of a deficient Certification.  Rather, there are several things an employer can do to ensure that it is granting leave for a qualifying reason and for an appropriate duration.

If the Certification is incomplete, vague, ambiguous, or non-responsive, employers should provide a … Continue Reading

New York Employers Must Issue Annual Wage Notices Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act

For the second time since the enactment of New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”), New York employers must issue a written annual notice and acknowledgment of pay rates and pay dates (“Notice”) to all New York employees between January 1, 2013, and February 1, 2013.

In February 2012, after a flurry of negative feedback from employers statewide, the New York State Senate passed a bill striking the annual Notice requirement from the list of employer responsibilities set forth in Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law. However, because the bill remains dormant in the New York State … Continue Reading

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