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October 2018's Converge Newsletter
Breaking Down the NLRB’s Proposed Overhaul to Joint Employment Rule
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October 2018 via QSR Magazine
In a move that has been anticipated for months, the National Labor Relations Board recently published a proposed rule that would fundamentally alter the definition of joint employment, making it more difficult for businesses to be held legally responsible for alleged labor and employment law violations by staffing companies, franchisees, and other related organizations. The rule, if eventually adopted, would also limit the ability of employees from affiliated companies to join together to form unions.

...Under the proposed rule, an employer may be considered a joint employer of a separate employer’s employees only if the two employers share or co-determine the employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment. As the Board states, a putative joint employer must possess and actually exercise substantial direct and immediate control over the employees’ conditions of employment in a manner that is not limited.
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Lasting Effects of the #MeToo Movement

October 22, 2018 via Conn Maciel Carey

Even if #MeToo may have started out as an awareness movement, states like New York and California are implementing changes in the law that are now imposing, or will soon impose, new requirements on employers, in hopes of giving #MeToo a significant, lasting effect.
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Hoteliers: Ignore Complaints At Your Own Risk

October 22, 2018 via Hotel Management

A truism: The challenges a hotel manager must address know no bounds. Two recent court cases prove this yet again.
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New California Legislation Imposes Human Trafficking Training Requirements on Hotel and Transit Employers
October 16, 2018 via Lexology

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California has had the highest number of reported cases of human trafficking in the country over the last six years, followed by Texas and Florida. Human trafficking victims include men and women, adults and children, and foreign nationals and United States citizens. Recent studies indicate that hotels and motels are common locations for sex trafficking.

In light of these startling statistics, now is a good time for employers to become informed about new legislation associated with human trafficking crimes and to implement or update their anti-human trafficking policies and practices.
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