Supreme Court agrees to review “travel ban” cases and partially stays injunctions on the ban pending a final decision. The Trump Administration won a partial victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that portions of the
preliminary injunctions against the “travel ban” issued in March should be stayed. What that means is that the travel ban is now in effect for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who do not have bona fide close family relationships with persons in the United States or bona fide pre-existing, documented relationships with entities (such as schools or employers) in the United States. The decision is only preliminary. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court during the first session of its October term. Will Krasnow of our Immigration Practice Group tells us what this means for employers.
The May-June Executive Labor Summary is out! Once again, David Phippen has outdone himself, with the latest on President Trump’s appointments to the NLRB, the welcome return of Wage and Hour opinion letters, the government’s about-face on arbitration agreements containing class and collective action waivers, how the “Fight for $15” may actually be hurting low-wage workers, a big court victory for the guy who called his supervisor a “NASTY MOTHER F***ER” on Facebook, and much more. Don’t miss it!
Big (un)doings at OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration under President Obama had issued an injury tracking rule that would have required employers to submit their annual injury and illness summaries electronically. The reports for 2016 would have been due tomorrow. But this week, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing that the deadline be extended to December 1. More significantly, the agency said that it was going to propose to reconsider, revise, or remove other parts of the injury tracking rule — which also includes anti-retaliation provisions that were interpreted as applying to post-injury drug testing and safety incentive programs. Our OSHA Practice Group has the details.
Florida Bar Board of Governors proposes accommodating lawyers on parental leave. At FOCUS, blog proprietor Heather Owen has good news for Florida attorneys. The Board has proposed a rule that would require judges in the state to give lead counsel a three-month continuance for parental leave unless doing so would cause “substantial prejudice” to the opposing parties. The leave would be available to mothers and fathers. Sad to say, judges have not always been receptive to such requests, as Heather points out in her post.