OSHA continues its aggressive enforcement with more citations, higher penalties and hard-hitting press releases. At a recent American Bar Association meeting in New Orleans, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax discussed OSHA’s increased enforcement. According to Fairfax, OSHA has set a goal of 42,000 inspections for the 2011 fiscal year. In addition, OSHA is looking to increase the number of follow-up inspections. If the agency is successful in reaching its goals, it will exceed last year’s total violations issued, which is the highest number of violations issued in years. The agency had more significant (cases involving a total penalty of $100,000 or more) and egregious cases in fiscal year 2010 than it has had in quite some time.
On May 28, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill No. 5004 The bill, entitled “An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage,” increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15.00 an hour over the next approximately four years.
On April 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a new fact sheet concerning “the applicability of [the white collar] exemptions [of the Fair Labor Standards Act] to jobs that are common in higher education institutions.” In contrast to other recent DOL direction, Fact Sheet #17S largely echoes previous guidance from the Obama-era DOL.
This Is Going on Your Permanent Record: Contract Principles Applied to Student Handbook in Plagiarism Case
On October 24, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a summary judgment decision in favor of a university in a case brought by a student who was disciplined for violating Harvard Law School’s plagiarism policy. In Walker v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, No. 15-1154 (1st Cir. 2016), the parties agreed that the law school’s student handbook constituted a contract between the law school and the student but disagreed on the meaning of the word “submit” as used in the plagiarism policy.