D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit information.  On February 2, 2017, the…

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The DC Council Passes Two Legislations We Can Live With

The Ban the Box on Housing bill (B21-0706) passed late yesterday; the bill precludes a housing provider from making an inquiry about or requiring an applicant to disclose an arrest or criminal accusation which is not pending or did not result in a conviction prior to making a conditional offer of housing. It provides exceptions…

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SEC Hands Out Millions While Leaving Public In Dark

Just recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its decision to award $20 million “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could squander the money.” That is about all the public will…

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‘Joint Employer’ Lawsuit vs Amazon, Trucking Companies Illustrates Reach of Doctrine Pushed by NLRB

Gauri Punjabi, an attorney with Mintz Levin, sees an expanded reach for labor under the NLRB approach.

“With the NLRB loosening the joint employment rules, more employees are now possibly able to unionize and have the ability to seek greater benefits and negotiate the terms and conditions of employment with a possibly bigger employer,” she said.

Right now, there seems to be focus primarily on the franchise model, as in a pending NLRB action against McDonald’s. Punjabi stated there are a few risks to employers from these kind of actions.

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New York Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations for Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) adopted final regulations (“Final Regulations”) limiting the methods by which New York employers may pay their employees and defining mandatory procedures for the use of direct deposit and payroll debit card payments. The Final Regulations, which closely track earlier proposed regulations, will become…

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Employees Unlawfully Disciplined for In-Store Protest, Labor Board Decides

Six employees who stopped work and engaged in an in-store protest over their alleged mistreatment by a supervisor and to secure permanent jobs for temporary employees were unlawfully disciplined, the National Labor Relations Board has determined. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 118 (Aug. 27, 2016). The Board termed the protest a “relatively small, brief, peaceful…

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Black-White Wage Gaps Expand with Rising Wage Inequality

Black-white wage gaps are larger today than they were in 1979, but the increase has not occurred along a straight line. During the early 1980s, rising unemployment, declining unionization, and policies such as the failure to raise the minimum wage and lax enforcement of anti-discrimination laws contributed to the growing black-white wage gap. During the…

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Brookland Manor Families & ONE DC File Lawsuit Against Mid-City; Residents Organize Against Displacement, Harassment, & Intimidation

The proposed redevelopment of Brookland Manor will eliminate and reduce family-sized housing for nearly 150 families. This redevelopment will eliminate significant affordable family sized housing in the Brentwood neighborhood and force ONE DC members and residents to move from the community in which they have long resided and which they call home. The exclusion of…

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