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  • OSHA Updates Safety Rules for Walking-Working Surfaces By R. Lee Vail, P.E., Ph.D. On November 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule “revising and updating its general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with walking-working surface hazards.” 81 Fed. Reg. [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • What Now? FLSA Overtime Regulations Continue to Evolve By Scott Huffstetler and Ed Hardin In the wake of yesterday’s news that a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide injunction halting the FLSA overtime regulations, scheduled to become effective December 1, 2016, many employers are asking “what now.”  The answer will continue to develop.  For now, though, here are some initial things to keep [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Breaking: New FLSA Salary Rule Enjoined by Court By Erin Kilgore, Ed Hardin, and Brian Carnie A federal district judge in Texas has entered a nationwide injunction which prevents the U.S. Department of Labor’s new FLSA minimum salary level rule from going into effect on December 1, 2016.  Prior to today, the DOL’s new rule would have nearly doubled the minimum weekly salary [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Some (But Not All) ACA Deadlines Extended for 2016 Reporting Year By Brian R. Carnie On Friday, November 18, 2016, the IRS announced an automatic extension of the Affordable Care Act deadlines for distributing the 1094-B/1095-B and 1094-C/1095-C forms to employees. This relief gives applicable employers an additional 30 days (from January 31, 2017 to March 2, 2017) to deliver these forms to employees. This relief [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Decision on Fair Labor Standards Act Expected Next Week? By Erin Kilgore, Ed Hardin and Brian Carnie Could a decision on the challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary basis rule be coming soon? Employment Law360, a national, daily legal news service, reported this morning that a Texas Federal Judge would decide by Tuesday, November 22, whether to stop the new overtime rules [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Employees and Time Off to Vote By Ed Hardin and Brian Carnie Record breaking voter turn out is expected on Tuesday.   Employers should be aware that neither federal nor Louisiana law requires an employer to give an employee time off to vote, but Louisiana law does forbid employers from discriminating against an employee based on his or her political beliefs.  It [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Employer Provided Assistance for Employees Affected by the 2016 Flood By Kevin C. Curry and Carey J. Messina Many employers have a number of employees who were affected by the August 2016 flooding event in Louisiana.  These employers are looking for means to assist their employees in recovering from this significant disaster.  Employers have a number of options for providing disaster relief assistance to their [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Suspends Legal Delays Due to Flooding By Brittany Buckley Salup Chief Judge Brian Jackson issued an “Omnibus Order Suspending All Deadlines” for cases pending or to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  The Order explains that the court has been inaccessible—a key term in the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure—since August 12, [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Flood of 2016: Governor Edwards Amends Executive Order Suspending Running of Prescription, Peremption, and Legal Delays By Claire Juneau On August 17, 2016, Governor Edwards amended Executive Order JBE 2016-57 which had suspended the running of prescription, peremption, and all legal delays from August 12, 2016 until September 9, 2016. The amendment to Executive Order JBE 2016-57 modifies the suspension of deadlines as follows: Liberative prescription and peremptive periods continue to [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Flood of 2016: Employment Issues For Businesses By A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Erin L. Kilgore and Brian R. Carnie As the flood waters begin to recede, and South Louisiana begins to dry out and recover from the recent flooding, Louisiana employers also face recovery issues, including how to address employee needs. Although there is no rule of thumb that applies to all [...] Continue Reading... ....