Labor & Employment Law Daily Top labor and employment developments for January 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Top labor and employment developments for January 2020

By Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.

In case you missed the in-depth coverage of Labor & Employment Law Daily for January 2020, the first month of a new decade, here’s a recap of some key developments in the L&E community.

Highlights from January 2020 include:

Significant agency actions

  • The DOL’s long-awaited joint-employer final rule
  • Major settlements from the EEOC ($20.5M) and the NLRB ($76M)
  • McDonald’s cases supposed settlement still not settled

Federal circuit court decisions

  • NLRB lacks jurisdiction over adjunct faculty at religiously affiliated university
  • Rehearing requested on whether Rule 68 offers of judgment in FLSA wage cases get DOL or judicial approval
  • Evidence of tech company’s FLSA audit admissible in misclassification suit
  • Seventh Circuit adopts new framework to decide whether employees who signed arbitration agreements may get notice of collective action
  • Ninth Circuit: Walmart’s California truck drivers survive challenge to multi-million-dollar verdict in wage suit

Federal legislation

  • National Defense Authorization Act includes federal ‘ban-the-box’ provisions
  • Bipartisan bill would expand FLSA nursing mother protections to salaried workers

State law issues

  • Trucking association gets preliminary injunction barring enforcement of California AB 5
  • California’s A.B. 51—effectively banning mandatory arbitration in employment—is preliminarily enjoined
  • Minneapolis $15 minimum-wage ordinance upheld by Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Federal law doesn’t preempt NJ medical marijuana law, so employer must reimburse injured construction worker’s prescription

See our latest monthly recap here.

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