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Employment Law & Compliance

SHRM is the trusted source for all things employment law and compliance. From summaries of legal decisions to legislative updates and regulatory news, SHRM has the resources you need to stay in compliance.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “retaliatory intent” doesn’t have to be proven in whistleblowers’ Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) retaliation claims, only that the protected activity was a “contributing factor” in an unfavorable employment action. In this case, the distinction involves a whistleblower seeking reinstatement of a damages award of nearly $1 million along with $1.77 million in attorney fees and costs.

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) proposed ban on noncompete agreements is expected to be finalized this year, perhaps as soon as April. SHRM has opposed the proposal, calling for it to be scaled back. Will the final rule be more limited and, if so, what might it look like?

The new independent contractor rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could spark an increase in misclassification lawsuits and make businesses less likely to hire gig workers.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently outlined laws that federal agencies must follow to provide individuals with disabilities access to accommodations and ensure they can fully participate in the workplace.

Technology can boost HR and other leaders’ confidence that their pay practices are meeting compliance requirements, as well as attracting and retaining top talent.

SpaceX sued the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the agency is unconstitutional because its administrative law judges can only be fired for cause. NLRB prosecutors recently issued a complaint against SpaceX, accusing it of illegally firing eight employees.

Trial courts in California can no longer discard lawsuits brought under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) over concerns that they would be unmanageable to try in court. On Jan. 18, the California Supreme Court ruled in Estrada v. Royal Carpet Mills that trial courts cannot dismiss a PAGA claim on the grounds of manageability.

The Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act provides 40 hours of paid leave per year, frontloaded or accrued, for any purpose. That has some employers worried that the law is ripe for leave abuse. Written policies can help address these concerns.

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