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Singing the siren song of unlimited vacation policies
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • October 15 2014

Unlimited vacation policies continue to captivate employers. For some, it is simply a way to reduce financial liabilities, while for others the


Reminder: three new employment leaves added to the Ontario Employment Standards Act today
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Canada
  • October 29 2014

We remind our subscribers that, effective today, three new employment leaves have been added to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, including


Wage and hour quarterly - fourth quarter 2015
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • March 18 2015

In Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk, the U.S. Supreme Court held employees were not entitled to compensation under the FLSA for time spent


Ninth Circuit approves an employee’s right to decline FMLA leave
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

Under the Ninth Circuit's decision in Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc., employees may elect to affirmatively decline FMLA leave designation for


Certain California employers who use staffing agencies and contractors statutorily liable for wage and hour and safety violations
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

On September 28, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1897 into law. The new law provides that companies who utilize the services of workers


Going global with an unlimited vacation policy can it be done?
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Global, USA
  • December 26 2014

One example of a long-accepted U.S. practice that is back in vogue and now garnering global attention is unlimited or "open" vacation policies. The


Federal contractors prohibited from discriminating against LGBT workers
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

On July 21, 2014, President Obama amended Executive Order (EO) 11478 to prohibit discrimination against federal employees based on their sexual


Pending U.S. Supreme Court cases
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

The Supreme Court will address the efficacy of the Department of Labor’s 2010 reclassification of mortgage loan officers as eligible for overtime pay


U.S. District Courts hold that Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections do not apply retroactively
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

In February of this year, a U.S. District Court in New York held that the whistleblower protections under Dodd-Frank Act do not apply retroactively


Obama signs Executive Order promoting Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces and prohibits pre-dispute arbitration agreements
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • USA
  • December 26 2014

Obama signed the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order (EO 13673) into law on July 31, 2014. This Executive Order requires companies hoping