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News You Can Use: Are You in Compliance with These New Employment Laws?

It has been a busy summer in the employment law world. Companies doing business in California, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Oregon, New York City, San Antonio, and Dallas should become familiar with these legal updates:

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Think your employees are earning "Discretionary Bonuses"? Think again.

We've received many questions regarding the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule regarding "discretionary bonuses" in relation to an employee's overtime (OT) rate.

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Rachel Morris Named 'Rising Star' by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine

Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel is proud to announce that Rachel A. Morris from our Tampa office has been included in the Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars list in Employment & Labor Law: Employer. 

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JUDGE REVERSES COURSE AND DISMISSES G NOTICE CLAIM IN NEW JERSEY

On May 16, 2019, Judge Arleo of the District of New Jersey reversed herself and released her latest opinion in Poplin v. Chase Receivables approving a statutory G notice initial debt collection notice.

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EEOC Expands Pay Data Collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data to Include Both 2017 and 2018

As we blogged about earlier this week, the EEOC announced it expects to begin collecting EEO-1 Component 2 pay data based on gender, race, and ethnicity in mid-July 2019.  In its notice published on the Federal Register, the EEOC also announced it was still deciding whether to require EEO-1 Component 2 pay data for 2017.

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EEOC Burdens Employers by Collecting EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data

Yesterday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officially reinstated its employer pay data survey for employers covered by EEO-1 reporting requirements. 

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May I Terminate a Medical Marijuana User for a Positive Drug Test?

Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia (and recreational use is also legal in 10 of those states, plus D.C.), but marijuana remains illegal under federal law. While employers can prohibit workers from using or being under the influence of intoxicating drugs in the workplace, the line becomes much smokier when the employee uses medical marijuana at home to treat a disability but there is no indication of use or intoxication in the workplace.

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EEOC Says EEO-1 Pay Data Will Be Due September 30 (For Now...)

As we blogged about here, a Washington, D.C., federal judge recently ordered the EEOC to reinstate the EEO-1 form's pay-data reporting provisions, which were suspended in 2017 by the Trump Administration. The judge required that the EEOC explain how it would implement her order by April 3. 

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Selection to Rising Stars by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine

Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel is delighted to announce that Whitney White from the Dallas office has been named as a 2019 Texas Rising Star in Consumer Law by Super Lawyers. After a rigorous nomination and review process, no more than 2.5% of all lawyers in the State of Texas are named as Rising Stars.

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Second Circuit Confirms Debt Collectors Need Not Provide Detailed Disclosures About Interest And Fees Under The FDCPA

Over the last week, the Second Circuit issued two opinions (Kolbasyuk v. Capital Management Services, LP, No. 18-1260, and Corwise v. FMS Investment Corp., No. 18-1292) that clarify a debt collector's obligations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when a debt is accruing interest or fees.

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