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Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Under the current administration, in FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. “Under federal law, employers are required to verify the ... Read More »

Untimely Notice of Controversy or Pre-Hearing Conference Statement? Why Carriers Should Not Give Up Hope on a Disallowance

Untimely Notice of Controversy or Pre-Hearing Conference Statement? Why Carriers Should Not Give Up Hope on a Disallowance

Where a carrier has elected to controvert a claim, the Workers’ Compensation Law in New York sets forth a strict timeframe for filing a denial and initial pleadings. Section 25(2)(b) provides that once a claim has been indexed against an employer, the carrier must file a notice of controversy with ... Read More »

Supreme Court Sides With Employers on Individual Arbitration, Class Action Waiver Agreements

Supreme Court Sides With Employers on Individual Arbitration, Class Action Waiver Agreements

The United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled that employment agreements forcing workers to forgo pursuing class action claims are legal and do not violate the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically, the court held that arbitration agreements that include class waiver provisions as a condition of employment do ... Read More »

Medical Practices May be Especially Vulnerable to Sexual Misconduct Claims

Medical Practices May be Especially Vulnerable to Sexual Misconduct Claims

Recent allegations of sexual misconduct spanning multiple industries have demonstrated that sexual harassment is much more common in the workplace than employers may care to admit. Organizations that take a “not us” approach to dealing with these issues may find themselves exposed to significant liability. Medical practices are no exception. ... Read More »

Constructive support by the employer

Constructive support by the employer

High quality in the staff composition of the works council helps to ensure peace in the company, enabling a healthy development of the company. The Works Constitution Act (Betriebsverfassungsgesetz; BetrVG) provides for cooperation based on trust between the works council and the employer as one of its cornerstones. A trust-based ... Read More »

Right of termination

Right of termination

According to the Federal Data Protection Act (German Bundesdatenschutzgesetz; BDSG), an operational data protection officer enjoys special protection against dismissal during his or her appointment and one year following the end of the appointment (§ 4f para. 3 sent. 5 and 6 BDSG). For the duration of the special protection ... Read More »

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