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Ohio Employer Alert: Weapons Policy Review Needed; No Local Sick Leave

During the December lame duck session, the Ohio legislature passed SB 199. Among other things, the law provides that a business entity, property owner, or public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting a person who has been issued a valid concealed … Continue Reading

State Law Round-Up: 2017 Minimum Wage Rates, Paid Sick Leave Compliance, and More

As 2016 draws to a close, our final state law round-up will provide information about minimum wage increases taking effect in 2017, some recent developments on the local sick leave law front, information about sick leave laws going into effect in January 2017, and other employment laws going into effect in January 2017. Employers with … Continue Reading

US Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act: Injunction Granted!

On Wednesday, October 25, Judge Marcia Crone of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking most of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (the so-called “blacklisting” rule) rule from taking effect. The rule, which we previously reported on here and here, requires federal contractors bidding on … 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

OSHA to Employers: No Gagging Whistleblowers!

On September 9, 2016, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published new guidelines for approving settlements between employers and employees in whistleblower cases to ensure that those agreements do not contain terms that could be interpreted to restrict future whistleblowing. OSHA reviews settlements between employees and employers to ensure that they are … Continue Reading

State Law Roundup: Illinois’ New Leave Laws and Non-compete Warning; Sick Leave Comes to Berkeley and St. Paul

Illinois passes two new leave laws; bars non-compete agreements for low wage workers. First, the Child Bereavement Leave Act, which became effective July 29, 2016, requires Illinois employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to two weeks (10 days) of unpaid leave to eligible employees who have lost a child (and 6 weeks … Continue Reading

Sick of These Updates Yet? The Latest Sick Leave and Minimum Wage News (Minneapolis, San Francisco, San Diego, OR)

Minneapolis is the first city in the Midwest to jump on the sick leave bandwagon. On May 27, the Minneapolis City Council passed a sick and safe time ordinance that requires employers of employees working in Minneapolis to provide sick leave to those employees. Beginning July 1, 2017, employers of 1-5 employees must provide unpaid … Continue Reading

It’s Overtime Time! The Final Rule is Here – Are You Ready?

The wait is over.  The US Department of Labor has released the long-awaited Final Rule modernizing the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar exemptions. The good news, for those who have been following the development of the Final Rule, is that there are no big surprises. What are the changes?   Expected to require employers … 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

Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Update: Oregon, Vermont, Santa Monica

Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law legislation that increases that state’s minimum wage from $9.25 to up to $14.75 by 2022, the highest of any state.  The first increases go into effect on July 1, 2016.  Under SB 1532 [PDF], minimum wage rates vary based upon the employer’s location, as set forth in … Continue Reading

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Proposed Rule [pdf] to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for federal contractors.  As we previously reported, under that Order, beginning January 1, 2017 federal contractors and subcontractors must grant each employee working under covered contracts (or covered subcontracts) one hour of paid sick leave … Continue Reading

New York State and City Employment Law Update

The beginning of 2016 is a busy year for New York employers.  Both the state and New York City have enacted a variety of laws expanding protections for employees.  Employers need to review their policies to ensure they are in compliance. NEW YORK STATE Effective January 19, 2016, the New York State Human Rights Law … 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

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

Breaking News: Executive Order Establishing Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors

Yesterday (September 7, 2015), while most workers were celebrating Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order mandating that private employers doing business with the federal government provide paid sick leave to those employees working under federal contracts.  Under the Order, beginning January 1, 2017, all federal contractors and subcontractors must agree to grant each … Continue Reading

California Alert: Governor signs amendments to new paid sick leave law – changes effective immediately

California employers, take note.  Emergency legislation amending and clarifying certain provisions of the recently-effective Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act was signed into law Monday (July 13) by Governor Brown, and went into effect immediately.  Among other changes, AB 304 amends the Act as follows: Regarding accrual of sick leave: Provides that an employer may use … 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 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 proposed rule … Continue Reading

Minimum wage and paid sick leave update (CA, MA, OR) – Oregon state law may preempt current city patchwork!

Do you have employees in Massachusetts, Oregon, Los Angeles or Emeryville, California? Read on and get ready. Last week, the Oregon legislature passed a paid sick leave bill that is expected to be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.  The law would require employers with employees in Oregon to provide up to 40 hours … Continue Reading

Actual Knowledge of Need For Religious Accommodation Not Required, Supreme Court Rules

In a decision issued on June 1 [pdf], the U.S. Supreme Court held that a job applicant alleging disparate treatment by a hiring employer only must show “that his need for an accommodation was a motivating factor in the employer’s decision,” and not that the employer had actual knowledge of the applicant’s need for a … Continue Reading

Are You Using the Updated FMLA Forms?

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the DOL published updated FMLA forms.  They were a little overdue as the prior FMLA forms available on the Department of Labor’s website expired on February 28, 2015.  In any event, the updated forms, which are good through 2018, include the following: (All links are PDFs) Notice of Eligibility … Continue Reading
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