On a Single Day, the Biden Administration Announces Two Significant Rules Impacting Employers

On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released its final rule on the federal overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, titled “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional
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Do You Have an AI Policy?

Do You Have an AI Policy? AI is everywhere. If you haven’t at least dabbled with this transformative new technology, you’re behind the curve. And chances are your employees are already using it. So, what is your company’s policy regarding the use of AI? If you don’t have one, it’s tim
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A New Approach to Labor Relations

When President Biden became the first sitting President to join strikers on the picket line, he did so with confidence that his presence there would not harm his chances for reelection. That is because unions are more popular today than they have been in more than 50 years. To some, i
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Paid Military Leave? Maybe.

In a “matter of first impression,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Clarkson v. Alaska Airlines, Inc. (No. 21-35473, Feb. 1, 2023) that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”) requires employers to pay servicemembers while on militar
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Join Us for The Arizona SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference, February 17, 2023

David Barton on – Leave Abuse: How to Manage Employee Attendance While Complying with a Growing Number of Protected Absences Arizona, like many other states, protects employees who take Paid Sick Leave. But did you know that jury duty and voting time are also protected? And let’
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Ninth Circuit Takes an Expansive View of Whistleblower Protection Under Cal. Lab. Code § 1102.5

Aaron Kilgore worked as an environmental consultant on a project his employer was completing for the U.S. Army Reserve Command. He complained to his supervisor, and to a representative from the Army, that he believed the environmental assessment he had been asked to prepare was illega
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BurnsBarton Partner, Kate King, Appointed to Arizona Supreme Court

You can read the announcement on Kate’s Appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court from Governor Ducey here: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2021/07/governor-ducey-appoints-kathryn-hackett-king-arizona-supreme-court.
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The Latest from the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor issued new guidance on March 24, 2020 related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Here are the highlights: April 1 effective date. Given the FFCRA’s statement that it would go into effect “not later than 15 days after enactment” most the world calcu
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How to Best Survive the Economic Fallout from COVID-19

This guide is intended to help our clients who are making tough decisions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.  We hope these tips are helpful. Tip No. 1. Remember, this too shall pass.   No one knows how long this health crisis will last or how long i
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The Down and Dirty of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

• The law will take effect on April 1, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2020. • It applies to employers with fewer than 500 workers. • Employees are eligible for paid leave and paid sick time relating to COVID-19 and its impact. • Pay is calculated using the employee’s regular rate of
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