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Proposed FTC Regulation Would Deem Noncompete Agreements an Unfair Trade Practice

Noncompete agreements, common in the debt collection industry, could become unenforceable at the federal level if a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation becomes effective.


Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Expands Employers’ Reasonable Accommodation Obligations

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), passed as part of the 2023 federal spending package, will require employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees with limitations related to pregnancy or childbirth. As part of the new spending package, Congress also included the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (the PUMP Act) to expand workplace lactation accommodations.


Overtime Pay, To Boot: 9th Circuit Rules Computer Log-In Time is Compensable

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets overtime rules that appear simple, but failing to determine accurately what is compensable “work” creates liability that can lead to class (collective) action suits.


Mishandling of Sexual Comments Complaint - Sam’s Club Pays $250,000

In 2019, sales floor associate Haley Harris called the Sam’s Club Global Ethics Division about inappropriate sexual comments from her co-workers.


Hair Today, Protected Class Today: State CROWN Acts Prohibit Hairstyle Discrimination

Massachusetts has recently become the 18th state to enact a Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act prohibiting discrimination against natural and protective hair, including hair texture, hair type, and hair length.


Our Partners Bryan Shartle and David Clouston Honored as 2023 Best Lawyers in America!

SESSIONS, ISRAEL & SHARTLE is delighted to announce that two of our partners, Bryan C. Shartle and David R. Clouston, have been recognized as The Best Lawyers in America for 2023. 


The Form I-9 Is Getting A Face-Lift

The current version of the Form I-9 expires on October 31, 2022, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced big potential changes to the new form.  


New Federal Law Limits Forced Arbitration of Certain Employment Disputes

Last month, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“Act”). The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act to give alleged victims the choice regarding whether to arbitrate employment disputes involving sexual assault or sexual harassment.


Attention All Employers: CDC Relaxes Mask Guidance

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed its mask guidance on Friday, 2/25/22. The change could allow more than 70% of Americans to remove their face masks as long as COVID-19 hospitalizations in their region remain “low” to “medium” based on the CDC’s metrics. 


Attention California Employers: California Reinstates Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

As most of the country taps the brakes on COVID-19 laws, California has its foot firmly on the gas pedal. Last week, California’s Governor amended Labor Code Section 248.6 by signing Senate Bill (SB) 114, which can be found here. The amended law requires employers to provide up to 80 hours of supplemental California paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons beginning February 19, 2022.



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