OSHA Issues Guidance on the Use of Headphones on Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued a letter of interpretation in response to questions submitted by an employer about the use of headphones on construction sites: https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2019-09-04.  The letter addresses two (2)...

New Paid Leave Law in Maine Provides Employees Leave For Any Purpose

Maine is now the first state to pass legislation which provides paid leave time for employees to take for any reason they choose. The law is entitled “An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave” (“the Act”)...

New DOL Guidance Requires Immediate FMLA Designation

On March 14, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an opinion letter clarifying the issue of when leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) must be so designated. DOL Opinion...

What Does The Uber Independent Contractor Settlement Mean For Businesses Operating In The Gig Economy?

On March 12, 2019, Uber settled a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of ride-service drivers for $20 million.  The lawsuit, filed in 2013, alleged Uber misclassified its drivers as independent contractors to avoid paying...