|Aug. 23, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Climate change may make our summers hotter, but the ICEman still cometh. Since late 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has significantly increased the number of Notices of Inspections issued to employers nationwide. This spike in I-9 audits has also resulted in an increase in assessed civil penalties and punitive fines to employers with non-compliant I-9s. While ICE audits and fines are on the rise, this article will walk you through options to assist with breaking the ICE and decreasing assessed fines.
Employee burnout is now an officially diagnosable condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently updated its definition, employee burnout is not a medical condition. Instead, the WHO calls burnout an “occupational phenomenon.”
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of employment-related cases from the 2018-2019 Supreme Court term that just wrapped up was the number of unanimous decisions – seven of the eight rulings – were agreed upon by all of the Justices. And most them contained similar reasoning to reach the unanimous result. Whether addressing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and even the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, SCOTUS’s recent decisions indicate a strong theme: it means what it says. Don’t imply exemptions in the statutes that don’t exist; don’t use ambiguities to waive rights; and only read statutory exemptions and limitations as they were intended to be interpreted.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes for the past few years—and this past month was no exception.