Labor and Insights June 2016 eNewsletter
Labor and Insights June 2016 eNewsletter

Feature Article
Facts and Fiction of the New FLSA Final Rule

"Millions to Earn More in Overtime!" That is what the newspaper headline read on the front page of the morning paper. Yes, as many of you are aware, the Department of Labor has finally released the final regulations regarding the new wage standard for exempt level employees. There was both good news and bad news in the notice published by the Department of Labor.

Read on.

Tip of the Month
Summer Hiring Doesn't Have to Be a Hassle

We’re hot on the heels of summer, which, for employers in seasonal industries like tourism, means hiring is in high gear. For these employers, this type of hiring can pose two key challenges: 1) HR spends time and effort scouting, screening, and hiring employees who likely won’t stick around after September 2.) The temporary nature of the work can narrow the applicant pool and make it tough to recruit enough of the right people.

The upside is that though this type of hiring is certainly unique, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a hassle.  How?

Read on.

Q & A
Are Rising Wages Linked to Shortage of Talent?

The competition for top talent continues to be fierce among U.S. private sector companies, according to the latest quarterly report published by ADP Research Institute, an affiliate of payroll services provider, ADP. Report findings demonstrated that the U.S. labor market improved in the first quarter of 2016, with faster wage growth in almost all industries and across all age groups.

Read on.

Legal Updates
Does U.S. Labor Law Protect a Worker's Right to a Bad Attitude?

A few months ago, we noted that a Yelp employee's online "negative review" of her employer might be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), given that the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) has become increasingly aggressive in protecting an employee's right to discuss working conditions in a public forum, even when that discussion involves obscenities or disparaging the employer. This trend has prompted us to report previously on the death of courtesy and civility under the NLRA.

Read more.

Defend Trade Secrets Act requires immediate review of confidentiality agreements with employees and contractors

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a new federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the DTSA provides several new changes to trade secret law, one provision requires immediate action.

Required notice of whistleblower immunity

The DTSA provides certain whistleblower immunity for employees from DTSA lawsuits when those employees turn over trade secrets to government officials for suspected violations of law or reference trade secrets in court documents filed under seal. Importantly, the same provision also requires that employers provide notice of the immunity in any contract or agreement with an "employee" regarding confidentiality.

Read more.

Volume II
Issue I
June 2016
In This Issue

Facts and Fiction of
New FLSA Final Rule

Summer Hiring Doesn't
Have to Be a Hassle

> Q & A
Are Rising Wages Linked
to Shortage of Talent?

Worker's Right to a Bad

DTSA requires review of
confidentiality agreements

Request and Employee

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