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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 12
  • November
  • 2019

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Bearing Arms Part I: Texas Tips on Implementing a Lawful Firearms Policy

For three years, Texas law has allowed folks with a concealed license the right to carry their firearms openly. Texas continues to expand the rights of gun owners. In September, a spate of new gun reform legislation in Texas became effective, including looser restrictions on firearms during states of emergency and natural disasters, as well as new prohibitions against landlords from restricting gun ownership within their rented properties. Given this new legislation, we are starting a mini-series dedicated to helping employers navigate the changing landscape of gun rights and regulations in the Lone Star State. In this first installment, we’ll begin by describing the basics of firearm policies.

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  • 07
  • November
  • 2019

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Requirements for Lactation in the Workplace Continue to Evolve

States (and cities) across the country are increasing protections for employees that are lactating. Effective January 1, 2020, a new California law amends and broadens pre-existing requirements for employers’ accommodations of lactating employees, as well as the penalties for non-compliance. The new law also requires employers to create and distribute a lactation accommodation policy. 

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  • 05
  • November
  • 2019

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Call on Me: Properly Compensating the On-Call Employee

While firefighters and plumbers have long been used to it, more and more office employees are being required to be remain “on-call” outside normal work hours in order to accommodate the business needs of their employer. It may be an IT employee who is asked to remain on call to offer help to any executive who is unable to log-in at his or her home over the weekend, an administrative professional who is asked to standby in case a lawyer needs help with an emergency motion, or an in-house travel assistant who is asked to remain available to resolve an employee’s unanticipated flight cancelations.

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  • 29
  • October
  • 2019

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One Agency in Washington is Definitely on the Job

If your company is a federal contractor, do not assume that the current administration is uninterested in enforcing discrimination laws. In fact, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has collected record amounts from government contractor employers during the Trump administration. That is why, though changes to a complaint form would not usually catch our attention, this one does.

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  • 24
  • October
  • 2019

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California Criminalizes Arbitration Agreements

On October 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that prohibits employers from requiring any applicant or employee “waive any right, forum or procedure for a violation of any provision of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.” Violation of the new law is a misdemeanor. The law applies to any arbitration agreements that are entered into after January 1, 2020. The law does not apply to post-dispute settlement agreements, to negotiated severance agreements or to employees registered with self-regulatory organizations under the Securities Exchange Act.

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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner