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Seven safety tips for winter fires

Two-thirds of all residential fires are caused by improperly maintained fireplaces, chimneys, and wood stoves, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Which means, most of these types of fires are preventable. So, before you cozy up to a fire this...

10 ways to protect your home against cold weather

As winter fast approaches, it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. By accomplishing these 10 simple tasks, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and protect it against damage caused by rain, snow and freezing temperatures. 1. Arrange for a home...

Key ways to prevent water damage from frozen pipes

When the temperature falls to 32ºF or below, you can prevent water damage from freezing pipes by taking a few simple steps: Keep the thermostat at 65º F or above, day and night. Make sure all inside doors are open, so warm air can easily circulate. Drain and shut off...

How employers should revise releases, separation agreements, settlement agreements in light of Speak Out Act

By Kerry Notestine and Erin McNamara Q Considering the recent passage of the federal Speak Out Act limiting the use of pre-dispute nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses involving sexual assault and sexual harassment claims, what impact will this have on our...

Quiet quitting and today’s workforce challenges

By James Erwin The American workforce is in crisis, buffeted by one challenge after another – some recent, and some, like demographic changes, that have been building for decades. At a recent employment law seminar – our first in-person employment program since 2019 -...

NLRB General Counsel proposes crackdown on employers who monitor employees

By David Phippen The National Labor Relations Board may soon be coming for employers who electronically monitor their employees. On October 31, the NLRB’s General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, who is the chief prosecutor for the Board, gave notice that she was intent on...

Feds push to end noncompete agreements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a proposal on Jan. 5 to ban noncompete agreements that restrict mobility among employers. Some employers and attorneys are concerned the rule could hamper retention efforts and make companies' intellectual property...

Proposed overtime rule scheduled to be published in May

By Shannon Meade © Littler On Jan. 4, the Biden administration released its long-awaited Fall 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The proposed overtime rule will be published in May, according to the agenda. Typically, these semi-annual agendas...

New protections for pregnant and nursing workers in 2023

By Leslie Selig Byrd, Amy Karff Halevy and Caroline Melo © Bracewell As part of the federal omnibus spending bill, President Joe Biden recently signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers...

Inflation numbers continue downward trend

By Kathryn Mayer Well-above average inflation is still hurting workers, but new data released today shows that inflation is continuing its slowdown—positive news that could cause ripple effects in the workplace and beyond if inflation continues to cool. The Consumer...

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