As mentioned in my April post, I plan to capture and consolidate employment law articles written by my colleagues on employment issues pertinent to the development industry. Below are three recent articles that you might find useful to your business, ranging from the new FLSA overtime rules to OSHA’s final rule on tracking workplace injuries.

Top Tips for Rolling Out the New FLSA Overtime Rules and Avoiding Traps for the Unwary (June 9)
By Nancy Anderson & Susan Stahlfeld

The U.S. Department of Labor has published its final rule extending overtime protections to 4.2 million workers previously classified as exempt under the “white collar” regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). The final rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016. More than half a million workers are expected to be affected on the West Coast alone, with estimates of 392,000 employees in California, 46,000 in Oregon, and 75,600 in Washington. Read more >>

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Exposes Employers to Competitors’ Broad Seizure Remedies (May 24)
By Alyson Palmer & Bruce Rubin

The Defend Trade Secrets Act’s broad protection for company trade secrets imposes substantial new burdens on employers to make sure that not only their employees but also their contractors do not expose employers to the broad seizure powers that competitors may use against defecting employees and contractors. Read more >>

Safety First! New Regulations Require Public Reporting of Injury/Illness Reports to OSHA and Expand OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Tools (May 18)
By Naomi Haslitt & Taylor Richman

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its highly anticipated updated final rule on tracking workplace injuries and illnesses. The new rule requires covered employers to electronically submit workplace injury and illness reports to OSHA beginning, for larger employers, on July 1, 2017. Read more >>