Category Archives: Industry Update

May 2023 Federal & State Legislative Updates

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New York Releases Updated Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training Materials

On April 11, 2023, the New York Department of Labor (DOL) published a final version of its revised sexual harassment prevention model policy. The updated model prevention policy contains several substantive updates from the prior 2018 version. Under state law, every employer is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. As a result, employers should […]

The Second Prescription Drug Report is Due in June

A provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CCA) of 2021 requires prescription drug reporting. Under the provision insurance companies and employer-based health plans must submit information about prescription drugs and health care spending. This data submission is called the RxDC report. This is an annual reporting requirement, and 2022 data is due to CMS by June […]

NLRB Issued Guidance Memo on Its Restriction of Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Clauses in Severance Agreements

As we previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or Board) McLaren decision found that employers violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when they offer employees severance agreements that require employees to broadly waive their rights under Section 7 of the Act. At that time, there was an outstanding question as to whether the decision would […]

Updated FCRA Summary of Consumer Rights

On March 17, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an updated version of the publication entitled, “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” which is also called the “Summary of Rights.” This version will replace the version published in October 2018. Employers will be required to use the updated […]

USCIS Announces a Change in F-1 Student Employment Authorization Period Under Special Student Relief (SSR)

Effective February 22, 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy that will allow F-1 students who are experiencing severe economic hardship due to emergent circumstances in their home country to receive employment authorization for a period of up to 18 months. This policy, known as Special Student Relief (SSR), will allow students to work […]

The FTC Extends the Comment Period for Its Proposed Ban on Non-Competes

As we previously reported, on January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would make it unlawful for employers to require employees to agree not to compete with them for a specified period of time after leaving their employment. The rule would also make it unlawful for employers to require employees […]

Arkansas Updates Work Permit Requirements

Effective July 31, 2023, the Arkansas Youth Hiring Act (AR HB 1410) repealed the requirement for minors under 16 to obtain permission from the Arkansas Department of Labor to get a job. The bill is also cited as “restoring decision-making to parents concerning their children” and “streamlining the hiring process for children under sixteen (16) years […]

Colorado National Guard Leave Expanded

Effective March 10, 2023, Colorado amended (2023 CO HB 1045) its military leave law to permit U.S. Reservists and Colorado National Guard members to take leave for military training for the equivalent of three weeks of work on the employee’s regular work schedule each year. Previously, reservists and national guard members could only take this leave […]