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Republican Lawmakers are Bracing for a Plethora of Last Minute Rules and Regulations During President Barack Obama’s Final Months in Office

Nearly 4000 regulations have made their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency in a mad dash by the White House to push through government actions affecting everything from gun control to nutritional labeling. With the current administration entering its final months in office, there is precedent that exists … 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

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

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

President Obama Signs Groundbreaking Trade Secrets Legislation

We recently reported that the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which establishes the first federal civil claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Today, President Obama signed the Act into law. The new law expands employers’ options for protecting against trade secret theft. Once the province solely of various (and sometimes … 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

UK Business Immigration Update – Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System

Following the Migration Advisory Committee’s January recommendations regarding the Government’s proposals to restrict Tier 2 of the Points Based System, the Home Office has now announced the changes that will be implemented across Tier 2. Compared to the initial radical proposals put forward by the Government to restrict Tier 2 last summer, the Home Office’s … Continue Reading

UK Budget changes to severance payment tax treatment

We don’t yet know what lessons, if any, the Government took from the serial savaging by all sides of its disastrous consultation document on reforming the tax treatment of severance payments https://www.employmentlawworldview.com/uk-government-consults-on-tax-treatment-of-severance-payments-do-you-want-the-bad-news-or-the-bad-news/. It has not published any response to that feedback, but we can probably take some short-term clarity in this area from yesterday’s Budget. … Continue Reading

Inching Closer to the Effective Date of the FLSA Overtime Changes!

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) sent the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) its final rule expanding the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) overtime pay requirement. If you haven’t already heard, this rule will raise the threshold required to qualify for the FLSA’s “white collar” exemption to an … 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

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

French Companies Must Seek Buyers Before Site Closures: Obligations Clarified

In April 2014 France introduced the so-called “Florange Law”. This obliged companies with more than 1,000 employees in France (or across Europe) to make “best efforts” to seek a buyer before closing an establishment and making large scale redundancies. On 30 October 2015 the French Government issued a Decree to address certain questions which remained … 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

Osborne’s ‘granny leave’

It was only six months ago that the labyrinthine rules relating to shared parental leave came into force, and now a new proposal aims to extend the ambit of these rules to include grandparents. An announcement last week by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference revealed that working grandparents will be allowed to take … Continue Reading
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