Written by Robert H. Rotstein and James Berkley Today (March 16, 2023), the U.S. Copyright Office issued a statement clarifying its practices for examining and registering works containing material generated through use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) technology. Published in the Federal Register, and available at this link, the statement offers public guidance for registration of works that embody, either wholly or in part, materials generated … Continue reading Copyright Office Offers New Guidance for Registering Works Using AI-Generated Materials
Written by Jeremy Mittman, Jonathan Turner and Kyle DeCamp On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB) issued a decision in McLaren Macomb, 372 NLRB No. 58 (2023), that will impact employers in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. The decision holds that employers violate the National Labor Relations Act (the NLRA) when they present employees with severance agreements that contain overly broad … Continue reading NLRB Calls Into Question Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Agreements with Employees
Written by Christie Del Rey-Cone and Thea Rogers It may surprise California-centric employers to learn that up until the final days of 2022, Federal law seldom required employers to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with known pregnancy-related limitations, and millions of nursing mothers had no guaranteed right to lactation breaks during working hours. On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed two laws that finally changed … Continue reading New Federal Workplace Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees, Reminiscent of…California Law?!
Written by Deeba Fahami For the first time in almost 20 years, the State Department (“DOS”) will launch a pilot program later this year offering visa renewal options in the US for H-1B and L-1 workers who are currently required to travel abroad. Background The DOS is the agency who has exclusive authority to issue visas. Currently, visas may be issued only at a US … Continue reading Pilot Program for Stateside Visa Renewals
Reversing Itself, Ninth Circuit Invalidates California’s Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Written by Stephen Rossi In 2018, California passed a controversial law called AB-51 (now Labor Code Section 432.6) that prohibited California employers from requiring arbitration agreements as a condition of employment – on pain of jail time and civil penalties. AB-51 was immediately challenged and preliminarily enjoined under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), … Continue reading Mandatory Arbitration Is Off The Ropes in California!
Written by Lauren Hazday and Alina Charniauskaya Mehta Introduction: To obtain H-1B status for the first time, an employer or prospective employer of a foreign worker is required to go through the annual randomized H-1B lottery often referred to as “H-1B cap.” The H-1B lottery is run to meet the annual quota of 85,000 (20,000 reserved for U.S. advanced-degree holders and 65,000 for holders of … Continue reading H-1B Cap Registration Period Will Run Between March 1 and March 17, 2023
Written by Jeffrey D. Davine Termination of COVID-19 Emergency. The White House recently announced that the Presidentially declared disaster concerning the COVID-19 pandemic will be withdrawn as of May 11, 2023. The effect of this withdrawal will make it more difficult for employers to reimburse employees for their work-from-home expenses. Declaration of National Emergency. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency as a result … Continue reading Employee Expense Reimbursements Will be More Difficult After COVID-19
Written by Justin Farrell and David Wheeler Newman The Secure Act 2.0, signed by the President on December 29, opens new opportunities to fund charitable gifts with IRA distributions. The first change is to index for inflation the cap on qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from IRAs to charity, which has been stuck at $100,000 since the “IRA rollover” was first introduced. (Indexing begins in 2024.) … Continue reading New Opportunities for Charitable Gift Annuities
Written by Christie Del Rey-Cone and Eric Engelman The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 5, 2023 that would prohibit employers from entering into, or enforcing, non-compete clauses with workers. The proposed rule would broadly cover all workers, regardless of whether the worker is an employee or independent contractor, or whether the worker is paid or unpaid. The FTC’s … Continue reading Will Non-Compete Clauses Be No-More?
Written by Christie Del Rey-Cone and Thea Rogers On December 27, 2022, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office released FAQ guidance (the “Guidance”) on California’s new pay transparency law (the “California Pay Transparency Law”) pay scale disclosure requirements. The California Pay Transparency Law took effect on January 1, 2023 and was enacted via amendments to the state’s Equal Pay Act and Labor Code section 432.3. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading Guidance Regarding California Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements is Released