As we advised in the November 2009 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) issued emergency regulations that require health care employers to create and implement alternative staffing plans (i.e., Nurse Coverage Plans) as a pre-condition to an employer’s ability to require nurses to work overtime for patient care emergencies. The NYS DOL recently extended these emergency regulations to April 12, 2010.
New York Department of Labor Now Allows Employers to Prepare their Own Forms to Comply with Notice and Acknowledgment of Pay Requirements
As we reported in last month’s issue, New York employers are now required to give all newly hired non-exempt employees written notice of their hourly rate, overtime pay rate, and regular payday, and all newly hired exempt employees written notice of their rate of pay and their regular payday.
A recent Supreme Court case determined that private commercial and financial information that is transmitted to the federal government under an assurance of privacy is considered “confidential” and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The decision could provide some valuable safeguards for employers concerned about protecting sensitive data from public disclosure.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case of first impression, recently issued an important ruling that will have a major impact on transportation companies using arbitration agreements in the states and territories located within the First Circuit (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico).