Employment / Labor Law

Alert On Employment Issues For Startups – And Established Businesses!

Ally Law member Varnum, LLP has published an article advising United States startup businesses about issues they must address as they set up their employment policies and procedures. The article is also instructive for ongoing businesses in any country as it speaks to issues many employers may overlook or which may need to be re-examined in

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Religious Holidays: When Can An Employer Say No?

The laws regarding religious discrimination in the workplace vary from country to country. In the United Kingdom it is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of their religion or belief, or lack thereof. U.K. law prohibits four main types of discrimination in the workplace: direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimization. A recent case explores

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U.S. H-1B Visa Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Premium Processing guarantees adjudication in 15 calendar days. This includes H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year cap (regular and master’s degree caps), as well as H-1B extensions, amended

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Update On The New U.S. Overtime Rule

Global Matters advised you of the changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemption rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in May 2016: Are Your U.S. Employees Exempt Under The New FLSA Rule? That Rule would have mandated a significant raise in wages for a projected 4 million U.S. workers. Shortly

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How Will U.S. Employers Deal With March 8, 2017?

The organizers of the Women’s March, which on January 21, 2017 drew an estimated three million participants worldwide, have announced that on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, they are planning a “General Strike: A Day Without a Woman.” Since full information is not yet available about this proposed strike, it is not yet clear

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Do You Know Your Legal Obligations Regarding Volunteer Workers?

Not-for-profit organizations use and rely on the services of volunteers. In Australia, legal responsibilities regarding volunteers fall into two categories: (1) responsibilities to the volunteers themselves, and (2) responsibilities arising out of the conduct of volunteers. Australian occupational health and safety legislation usually imposes statutory responsibility on employers in relation to non-employees such as volunteers

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Right-to-Work Gains Momentum in the United States

Right-to-work laws make it illegal for unions or employers to compel workers to join a union and financially contribute to the union as a condition of employment. Starting in the 1930s, the federal National Labor Relations Act sanctioned various types of company positions on unionization: closed shops (union membership required), union shop (eventual union membership

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France Offers Employees The Right To Disconnect

French employees celebrated the New Year with a new law that offers French workers the “right to disconnect” from their email. Employers with more than 50 people will be required to define the rights of employees to ignore their digital devices at the end of the normal working day and on weekends. The aim of the

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Rugby And Contract Law

Kemp Strang, Ally Law member firm in Sydney, Australia, recently prevailed for its client in a contractual dispute in which Kemp Strang represented rugby league football player Jordan Latham against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Manly) team. Latham played for Manly in 2014 and 2015. Prior to the commencement of the 2016 season, Latham’s manager received

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U.S. Native Americans, Gaming, And Union Organizing

Large-scale gaming sponsored by Native American tribal governments started in the United States in the early 1980s and was recognized in 1988 by Congress by the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Federally-recognized Native American tribes are considered domestic dependent nations in the United States and “tribal sovereignty” refers to tribes’ right to govern

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