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The Senior Managers Regime in 2018 … a brave new world of regulation

Andrew Pullman explores the serious people challenges for all financial institutions facing the new senior management rules and regulations in 2018   A New World From 2018, the Conduct Rules laid out in the Senior Managers Regime will apply to all financial institutions – we are expecting further details in June 2017. This is an … Continue Reading

The “right to disconnect” in France – there is more to this than you might have read

If you’ve been compulsively checking your works email throughout the holiday season, why not take the opportunity to relocate to France? Since January 1 this year French workers have had the “right to disconnect” outside work hours, say all the Press reports, but the reality is slightly different. The new law lays down no absolute … Continue Reading

A cynic’s guide to the draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations

So here they are, out yesterday, a strange parallel universe where months last 30.44 days and years 365.25, and where you don’t include pay for periods of leave except when you do. In past blogs here we have criticised Government Regulations and statutory Guidance as too vague, leaving employers unclear whether they are caught by … Continue Reading

FLSA OT Rule: Six Month Reprieve? U.S. House Votes Yes

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act [pdf], by a vote of 246 to 177.  The Act would delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white‑collar exemptions from December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017.  … Continue Reading

All aboard or mind the gap – Employee representation on UK Boards

“…if I’m prime Minister, we’re going to… have not just consumers represented on company boards but employees as well” (Theresa May, July 11, 2016).  One part of that statement has already come true – Mrs May is now Prime Minister, but the other two – are these serious commitments or examples of those promises which … Continue Reading

Another First from California: San Francisco Becomes First City in U.S. to Approve Fully Paid Parental Leave

New mothers and fathers will soon be entitled to receive fully paid and protected parental leave under the legislation approved unanimously by San Francisco’s board of supervisors. The legislation makes San Francisco the first city in the U.S. to require employers to provide six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents when the city’s … Continue Reading

It’s All the Wage! Historic Minimum Wage Increases in California and New York; New York Institutes 12-Week Paid Family Leave

Today (April 4, 2016) California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3, raising California’s minimum wage to $15 by 2023.  Under that law, minimum wage in the state of California (currently $10.00 per hour) will increase as follows: Beginning date Small employer (1-25 employees) Large employer (26 or more employees) January 1, 2017 $10.00 $10.50 January … Continue Reading

Publish and be damned – the unhappy reality behind UK gender pay gap reporting

So there they are, the draft Regulations proposed to implement gender pay gap reporting. No doubt there will be a storm of flak from all directions over these, from employers because compliance requires a considerable amount of work and from unions and employees because the Regulations have no legal teeth – there is no penalty … Continue Reading

Year-end State Law Roundup: Minimum Wage Increases and the latest on Sick Leave Laws

As 2015 draws to a close, our final state law round-up will provide information about minimum wage increases taking effect in 2016, some recent developments on the local sick leave law front, and other issues to take note of heading into 2016. 2016 State and Local Minimum Wage Rates With the federal minimum wage still … Continue Reading

Managers in Australia beware! – the price of seniority may be personal liability

Health and safety laws rolled out around Australia since 2012 have imposed a new positive duty on company officers to exercise due diligence to ensure their “person conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBU – usually the corporate employer) is compliant. The term “officer” extends beyond the PCBU’s executives, directors and secretaries to any person who: … Continue Reading

State Law Update! Sick Leave Saga Continues…. Also, D.C. Paid Family Leave, Colorado Makes A Few Changes and Oregon Bans The Box

Early this week, the Pittsburgh City Controller’s Office launched a new section on its website containing resources for employers, including regulations, required postings, and an FAQ section regarding the city’s paid sick leave ordinance [pdf], passed in August.  Under the ordinance, starting on January 11, 2016, employers must grant employees working in Pittsburgh 1 hour … Continue Reading

UK Trade Union Bill – political or practical?

As MPs debate the Trade Union Bill (see our initial summary http://www.employmentlawworldview.com/uk-trade-unions-get-the-bill-for-transport-strikes/), the issue for employers is whether the Bill is political or practical and whether the tightening of the rules on picketing will actually backfire, resulting in unions using more unorthodox methods to achieve their objectives. The Bill has come in for a lot … Continue Reading

The Wait Is Over: The Proposed FLSA Overtime Changes Are Out!

For those (like me!) anxiously awaiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed overhaul of the exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the wait is over.  The proposed rule [pdf] is now available on the DOL’s website (although it has not yet been published in the Federal Register).  According to the DOL’s calculations, the … Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave Now Required by Four States… More to Come?

As noted by our post earlier this week, California’s paid sick leave requirement under the Healthy Workplace Act begins on July 1, 2015.  Not to be outdone, California’s neighbor to the north also recently passed legislation requiring paid sick leave.  This was signed into law by Oregon’s democratic governor on June 22, 2015. Under Oregon’s … Continue Reading

Congress Gears Up Against NLRB’s Pro-Labor Agenda

Although early in its first session, the new Republican-controlled Congress is living up to the expectation that it will force numerous showdowns between the legislative and executive branches of our federal government.  Included in the many items upon which the new Congress and President Obama will likely disagree are certain National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) … Continue Reading

UK Government proposals on Employment Tribunal practice suffer serious credibility gap

It wouldn’t happen in professional football. There you are as coach, carefully psyching up your team to a nerve-jangling peak of readiness in the dressing room when one of the match officials trots in to tell you that the other side would actually rather come back and do it in three months, if that’s OK … Continue Reading

San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases January 1 and Again May 1, 2015

Proposition J passed in San Francisco earlier this month approving a minimum wage increase to $11.05/hour effective January 1, 2015.  On May 1, it will increase again to $12.25/hour.  San Francisco employers should plan to update payroll systems and paystubs to reflect this change in hourly and overtime rates for any employees impacted by this … Continue Reading
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