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United States | Labor Department Posts Final H-2A Regulation

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final H-2A regulation Friday, saying the rule was crafted to target the “vulnerability and abuses experienced by workers under the H-2A program that undermine fair labor standards for all farmworkers in the U.S.” The H-2A program allows employers to hire temporary agricultural workers when there is a lack of “able,…

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U.S. Supreme Court: Forced Transfers of Employees Without Loss of Pay or Rank Violate Title VII

Federal law prohibits employers from relying on certain protected statuses (race, color, religion, sex, or national origin) when making employment decisions. Lower courts have required employees suing employers to point to a materially adverse harm caused by the alleged employer discrimination. But is a forced transfer of an employee to another department—with no loss of…

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FTC Issues Report to Congress Highlighting Collaboration with State Attorneys General

On April 10, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress on the agency’s collaboration with state attorneys general highlighting current cooperative law enforcement efforts, best practices to ensure continued collaboration and legislative recommendations to enhance such efforts. The report, directed by the FTC Collaboration Act of 2021, “Working Together to Protect Consumers: A…

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EPA Designates Two PFAS as Hazardous Substances

On April 19, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was designating two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. As expected, EPA is issuing a final rule to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as…

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FTC Approves Non-Compete Ban

On Tuesday afternoon, April 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 along party lines to approve its new rule on non-competes. The new rule, which will take effect in 120 days, essentially bans non-competes for all workers, finding them “an unfair method of competition – and therefore a violation of Section 5 of the FTC…

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U.S. EPA Finalizes Designation of Two PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA

On April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited final rule designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), including their salts and structural isomers, as “hazardous substances” under Section 102(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) (the “Final Rule”). The designation, which takes effect 60 days after…

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