By Michael Tamvakologos

Seyfarth Synopsis: Many Australian businesses use contractual restraints of trade to protect confidential information and customer relationships. In this update we answer frequently asked questions about the future of restraints of trade in Australia, and consider options available to companies in the event that some types of restraints are no longer available.

Are restraints of

Continue Reading How will the Potential Ban of Employment Restraints Affect Australian Employers?

By A. Scott Hecker and Ted North

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 8, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule related to the Davis-Bacon Act (the “Act”), entitled “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations.”  However, the official final rule must be published in the Federal Register – likely by week’s end – before going into effect

Continue Reading Break out the Neon: ‘80s Era Davis-Bacon “Prevailing Wage” Definition Restored in DOL Final Rule

By Peter TalibartKiran SeldonErin Hawthorne and Kathryn Weaver

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a previous blog, we summarized the recent case of Groff v. Dejoy, where the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously clarified the undue hardship standard under Title VII, a federal law in the United States that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national

Continue Reading Navigating Global Religious Accommodation: Insights from Our Lawyers on Employer Responsibilities Towards Religious Beliefs in the Workforce

By Karla Grossenbacher

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since ChatGPT became available to the public at large in November 2022, employers have been wondering, and asking their employment lawyers, “What kind of policies should we be putting in place around the use of ChatGPT in the workplace?”  Although at this stage it is difficult to imagine all of the different ways ChatGPT

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By Danielle Kays and James Nasiri

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 30, 2022, the Illinois Second District Appellate Court reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in Defendant’s favor in a case entitled Mora v. J&M Plating, Inc. The lawsuit was initiated by a former employee of the Defendant metal finisher, alleging that Defendant violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy

Continue Reading Illinois Appellate Court Holds Businesses Must Implement Biometric Retention and Destruction Policies Before Collecting Biometric Data
By Ada Dolph, Annette Tyman, Danielle Kays, Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, Sara Fowler, and Tom Posey

About the Progam
A lot can change in a year, especially during an election year! On a national level, as well as a state and local level, there have been many recent labor and employment law changes and even more changes
Continue Reading Where We Came From and Where We’re Going: What Does 2023 Have in Store for Labor & Employment Laws?

By Chris Gardner

Seyfarth Synopsis: The key issues affecting Australian workplaces bear a strong resemblance with those in the United States. While generalizations suffer from the limitations of being just that, here are five issues HR and workplace leaders in Australia are grappling with in a two-minute read.

  1. Skills and staff shortages and wage pressure

Almost one in
Continue Reading Five Key Issues in the Australian Workplace—Highlights for Multinational Employers

Many will argue that 2021 was simply a variant of 2020. As expected, the Biden Administration has been very deliberate and at times aggressive with their COVID-19 tactics and executive orders, pushing employers to quickly make changes to their policies. Moving into 2022, business leaders and legal analysts are predicting the Administration will refocus on employee rights and other social
Continue Reading Breakfast Briefing – Back to the Future or the Past? What 2022 Has in Store for Labor & Employment Laws

By Andrew L. Scroggins and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  While businesses have shifted their operations to digital platforms over the last few decades, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the transformation of the workplace. One area where employers have looked to increase the efficiency of their hiring processes is through the use of artificial intelligence. The EEOC has been

Continue Reading A Look Into The Future: EEOC Announces Artificial Intelligence Initiative