Holly K. Jones, J.D., is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. She understands the existing and emerging needs and challenges of human resources professionals thanks to several years of experience managing, writing, and editing key legal and compliance publications for BLR. Prior to joining BLR, Ms. Jones worked for the Tennessee Legislature's Office of Legal Services.
She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English Rhetoric and Writing, Political Science, and Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she also received a 2001 Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
Last week, the DOL issued its first Opinion Letters in 9 years. In the letters, key questions were addressed regarding the interplay of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the compensability of travel time for nonexempt employees.
As we previously reported, just over 1 month ago Maryland became the ninth state to enact a paid sick leave law when Governor Larry Hogan’s previous veto of the law was overridden. Despite some legislative efforts to delay the rapid, and somewhat unplanned, approach of its effective date, the law took effect as planned on February 11, 2018.
Maryland is now the ninth state to have enacted a paid sick leave law. Yet, while Maryland officials work to draft sample policies and notices, and while other states wrestle with their own legislative developments, an increasingly-common question arises from employers outside the enacting state: “Does this law apply to us”?
Late Tuesday and early Wednesday, 7-Eleven franchises from Staten Island, NY, to Los Angeles, CA, were sent a “strong message” of accountability from ICE as notices of document inspection were served and arrests were made. And according to Derek Banner, a top ICE official, this is only the beginning, as he described the 7-Eleven operation as “the first of many” and “a harbinger of what’s to come.”
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