On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Title VII is the federal anti-discrimination statute protecting employees from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, expanded protections

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued guidance on the exemption for small businesses which excludes them from the provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA applies to all employers with less than 500 employees,

Pursuant to the Territories’ efforts to combat the potential spread and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 13, the Hon. Governor Bryan declared a State of Emergency Executive Order and authorized DLCA to issue a Price Freeze on all items and goods in the Territory, and subsequently issued a Supplemental Executive Order on

On March 18, 2020 the U.S. federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), in its efforts to address the deleterious effects the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the economy and in particular employers and their employees. The FFCRA applies to all employers with less than 500 employees; however, there is an

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFRCA”) goes into effect in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the entire nation today, April 1st, to Dec. 31, 2020. The FFCRA provides for paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave for employees of covered employers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For further details on the

There are many types of industries in which hiring independent contractors is a big part of a company’s business model. There are some benefits to working with independent contractors, but as with any type of hiring practice, it’s important to make sure you abide by all the federal and territorial rules and plan out the hiring in a way that protects your company.

With this in mind, here are some tips for hiring independent contractors to your company.


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Employee handbooks or manuals are frequently used in corporate settings to provide an overview of employee responsibilities and rights, as well as certain company regulations. The purpose of these manuals is twofold: to ensure all employees are aware of their rights and obligations, and to protect the company in the event of labor lawsuits.

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The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently paid a visit to St. Croix and St. Thomas to investigate some reported wage issues, as well as to offer compliance assistance with regard to recovery efforts still ongoing after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled that employers may require employees to enter arbitration agreements that waive their rights to seek class-action claims against the employer. The split, 5-4 decision was authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, rejecting the position held by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that any of these types of class-action waivers violated employees’ rights to engage in “concerted activities” with regard to terms and conditions of employment, a protection afforded by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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