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SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 25 Apr 2016

Doing Business in Los Angeles Just Got More Expensive for Employers

On April 4, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council just voted on their support of increasing California's allotment of paid sick days for employees to


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 20 Apr 2016

The Waiting Begins: Will Your H-1B Case Be Selected in the Lottery This Year?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2016, that it received significantly more H-1B petitions than allowed under


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 15 Apr 2016

DOL’s Final Fiduciary Rule - What Does It Mean for your 401(k)?

Every employer offering a 401(k) plan is faced with the decision about what investment options to make available to participants through their plan


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 13 Apr 2016

Obesity Alone Does Not Qualify as a Disability Under the ADA says the 8th Circuit

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Nebraska federal court’s decision ruling that to constitute an ADA impairment, obesity, even


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 8 Apr 2016

Six-Figure Fine Teaches a Lesson in Keeping Your Data Security Promises

On March 2, 2016, a consent order between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Dwolla, Inc., an online payment platform, packed an


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 7 Apr 2016

Overpaying for Company Stock Lands ESOP Fiduciaries in Hot Water

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $1.1M judgment in favor of employees in the Gruber Systems Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 5 Apr 2016

Chipotle Decision Reminds Employers Once Again That Strict Social Media Policies Are Unlikely To Survive NLRB Scrutiny

A recent decision from a NLRB Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") serves as yet another reminder that most private sector employers must allow employees


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 1 Apr 2016

Abood v. Detroit Board Of Education Survivesfor now?

Back in November of last year, I wrote about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, "one of five cases to watch" during the Supreme Court's


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 30 Mar 2016

DOL Issues Controversial Union Persuader Rule Impacting Reporting Requirements for Companies and Their Attorneys

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the Persuader Rule which has been hotly debated and protested by employers and attorneys. First proposed in


SmithAmundsen LLC | USA | 28 Mar 2016

Employing Students in the STEM OPT Program Just Got Much More Complicated for Employers

On March 11, 2016, the new rules regarding the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) OPT program were posted in the Federal Registrar and

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