Posts Categorized: Alerts

D.C. Strikes Down NLRB’s Poster Rule

On May 7th, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. struck down the National Labor Relations Board new rule requiring companies to post a notice advising employees of their rights under federal law, that included an employee’s right to join a union. In the decision, Judge A. Raymond Randolph said that the poster rule made an… Read more »

U.S. Supreme Court rules that pharmaceutical reps not entitled to protections of overtime law

On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Christopher v. SmithKlineBeecham Corp., that sales reps for GlaxoSmithKine were not entitled to overtime pay under federal labor law because they fell within an exemption for “outside sales.”  The majority opinion noted that pharmaceutical reps, who are well-compensated, are not the kind of employees… Read more »

Change to Criminal Background Check Law in Massachusetts

Effective May 4, 2012, Massachusetts law places new obligations on employers’ access to and use of criminal offender record information (“CORI”) of applicants and current employees. The changes include: -employers must have a written CORI policy -employers must comply with new rules for obtaining CORI information, including a requirement that they provide applicants/employees with copies of… Read more »

Supreme Court upholds personal injury arbitration agreements

On February 21, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Marmet Health Care Center v. Brown that a state may not categorically prohibit agreements to arbitrate personal injury or wrongful death claims against nursing homes.  There, the Supreme Court of West Virginia held that such agreements were unenforceable as a matter of public policy.  The… Read more »