Friday, September 21, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
This summer the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken the position that commonly used at‑will employment disclaimers could be a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Section 7 of the NLRA guarantees employees the right to engage in “concerted activities for the purposes of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.” The NLRB’s recent actions continue a trend of stringent enforcement of employee’s Section 7 rights that many times brings non‑union employers within the jurisdiction of the NLRB.
Labor law is rapidly changing and the NLRB has drastically increased its activity. Specifically, the NLRB is finding more and more ways in which they believe an employer’s actions or policies violates an employee’s rights to concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Accordingly, employers should pay close attention and monitor these types of enforcement actions.
Monday, September 17, 2012
E-Verify is an Internet-based, free program run by the United States Government that compares information from an employee's Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from U.S. government records. If the information matches, that employee is eligible to work in the United States.
E-Verify was to expire in March 2009, lawmakers began working on an extension in the fall of 2008. New Jersey's Sen. Bob Menendez refused to lift a hold he placed on the extension without a massive increase in green cards, so Congress put the E-Verify extension on the shelf until the spring.
Neither action was about mandating E-Verify for all employers. But for the government to be allowed to offer E-Verify for voluntary use, the extensions had to be passed in 2009 and again this month.
The House of Representatives has now approved the extension of E-Verify for another 3 years. The electronic employment verification program, which could have big impact in ending the flow of illegal immigration to the United States, is set to expire at the end of the month, but, now that it's passed through both chambers of Congress, we fully expect Pres. Obama to sign the extension into law. Read More Here