On December 14, 2017, many employers probably celebrated when they learned that the Browning-Ferris standard for joint-employer liability had finally been overruled. In the 2015 ­Browning-Ferris decision, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) greatly expanded the standard for joint-employer liability, and found that indirect control and even control that is reserved, but not…

In a unanimous decision earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that protections afforded by the Dodd-Frank Act to “whistleblowers” – employees who report suspected violations of securities laws – apply only to reports to the SEC, not employees’ internal reports of misconduct to their supervisors. In other words, the Court narrowed the protection against…

The headlines seem to be filled with stories of workplace harassment.  Employers are feeling pressure to respond quickly and appropriately to complaints of harassment.  How that is done is important as the investigation can cause a myriad of unanticipated legal problems.  A new decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reminds us that…

On January 31, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria was warranted, given that the armed conflict and extraordinary conditions supporting Syria’s original designation for TPS are ongoing. Having reached this determination after discussion with interagency partners, Syria’s TPS designation has been extended…

For those of you with employees in Massachusetts, you need to be aware of two significant changes with respect to pay equity and pregnancy accommodations.  These changes also serve as a reminder to employers that they need to stay focused on disseminating and enforcing policies on harassment of all kinds.

On April 1, 2018, the Massachusetts…

Those of us who have occasion to visit our local, state or federal criminal courts do not expect to see law enforcement officers, particularly federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers, enter such respected and orderly places to arrest targeted foreign nationals for civil immigration violations leading to their removal or deportation from the…

The answer to this question is “not necessarily.”  After the FY 2018 H-1B lottery, many participating U.S. employers and beneficiaries breathed a sigh of relief and gave a hearty cheer when their checks for the H-1B filing fees were cashed and a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) receipt notice was received for their pending…