Washington State Adopts Wildfire Smoke Regulations
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On Dec. 14, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finalized and adopted new rules focused on protecting workers from wildfire smoke hazards that will take effect on Jan. 15, 2024 ..read more
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Labor Secretary’s Nomination Returned to White House
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The U.S. Senate sent Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su’s nomination back to the White House on Dec. 20 after she didn’t receive enough support to be confirmed this year ..read more
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Whole Foods Ban on Black Lives Matter Logo Is Lawful, NLRB Judge Rules
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Whole Foods can continue its practice of disciplining workers for wearing Black Lives Matter (BLM) logos at work. An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Dec. 20 that wearing BLM apparel wasn’t legally protected activity because it wasn’t directly connected to an effort to improve employees’ working conditions ..read more
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US Weekly Jobless Claims: 205K
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States reported that 205,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Dec. 16, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The weekly claims are consistent with a low level of layoffs. Over the past two years, the unemployment rate has remained under 4 percent, despite high interest rates and inflation ..read more
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Supreme Court, NLRB Decisions Changed Employment Law in 2023
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The U.S. Supreme Court and federal agencies altered employment law in 2023, prompting HR professionals to review and revise their handbooks. The U.S. Supreme Court, in ..read more
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Jury Awards $41M in Discrimination, Wrongful Termination Case
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A nurse recently won a $41 million jury verdict in her discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, a health care provider based in ..read more
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New Laws Took Root in California in 2023
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A slew of new laws and regulations sprang up in California this year, so employers need to pay careful attention to the changes to remain compliant ..read more
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FAQs Address Updates to California Sick and Safe Leave
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On Dec. 12, California’s Labor Commissioner revised its FAQs to address changes that will occur on Jan. 1, 2024, to the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act (HWHFA ..read more
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IE&D in 2023: Affirmative Action, ‘Woke’ Backlash and Employment Gains for People with Disabilities
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In 2023, inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) withstood several blows that threatened its existence, including the reversal of affirmative action and the rise of the ..read more
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Immigration Fees Final Rule Expected in April
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The Biden administration in 2024 intends to release its delayed plan to increase immigration fees, update the H-2A and H-2B seasonal worker programs, and initiate the ..read more
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