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New Georgia Law Preempts Predictive Scheduling Ordinances

Georgia’s Minimum Wage Law (O.C.G.A. § 34-4-1 et seq.) already prohibits local governments from requiring employers to pay employees a wage rate that exceeds what is required under state or federal law. This same law also...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

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We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Georgia Enacts New Laws Relating to Paid Sick Leave and Pay for Schedule Changes

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On May 8, 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed two employment-related laws, both of which become effective on July 1, 2017. First, he signed the employee-friendly Act 203 (S.B. 201). Under the new law, if an employer...more

The Battle Over Paid Sick Leave – Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Law Suffers Another Blow – Is Philadelphia Next?

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There have been many recent, important developments in the area of paid sick leave in Pennsylvania. Recently, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (the “Appeals Court”) affirmed the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (May Edition)

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Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s...more

Efforts to Shore up MassHealth Should Favor Simplicity and Avoid Potential Conflict with Federal Law

In an effort to make up for a funding shortfall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, state policymakers have proposed solutions that include a “play-or-pay” option under which employers who fail to offer...more

Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision...more

Georgia Governor Signs Law Preempting Predictive Scheduling Ordinances

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed a law expanding the reach of a pre-existing statute that prohibits Georgia localities from passing ordinances affecting worker pay in Georgia. The amendment is in...more

Missouri Legislature Passes State Minimum Wage Bill

In the waning hours of Missouri’s 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1194, which prohibits Missouri cities from establishing minimum wage rates higher than the state’s minimum wage—which is...more

Missouri Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Preemption Bill

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As St. Louis native Yogi Berra famously remarked, “[i]t is not over until it’s over.” Yogi’s aphorism is certainly true with respect to the St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance. To recap, the Ordinance was passed in 2015, but a...more

May the 4th Be With You: Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Saga Continues

by Fisher Phillips on

It is only fitting that, on this day, May the 4th, which has become known colloquially as Star Wars Day, we bring you this update on Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Ordinance saga which could send significant ripples throughout...more

WPI State of the States — Legislative Proposals Are Taking Root

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As April showers turn into May flowers, measures proposed earlier this year in the state legislatures begin to take root. Significantly fewer generally applicable labor and employment bills were introduced in April, around 60...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (April Edition)

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The madness of March may be behind us, but April is no joke when it comes to minimum wage and overtime updates. Developments at the federal, state, and local levels could affect employer operations in the near or distant...more

H.B. 2 Is Repealed, But...What Does This Mean?

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North Carolina has repealed House Bill 2. In its place, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted law: ..Preempting state agencies and related entities from regulating access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers...more

State of the States — Legislative Action Heats Up

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As we turn the calendar to April, state legislatures are starting to hit their stride. Bills introduced earlier this year continue to advance, with more than 400 labor and employment-related measures remaining under...more

Iowa Governor Signs Labor Bill, Stops Polk County Minimum Wage Before it Starts

by Messner Reeves LLP on

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a labor bill yesterday that preempts local minimum wage ordinances, including the one in Polk County that was scheduled to increase the local minimum wage on April 1, 2017. The bill (HF 295)...more

California Bill Puts Employers Smack in the Middle of National Immigration Debate

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Since the election of President Trump, the California Legislature has been vocal and active in efforts to resist announced or anticipated actions of the Trump administration. This includes efforts to make California a...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2017

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Welcome to the Spring edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. As a new Congress, and a new executive branch, work on major...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVII: Maryland Close to Catching Paid Sick Leave Bug

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After several years of failed legislative attempts to pass a statewide paid sick leave law, Maryland is nearing the finish line following the state Senate’s approval of the Maryland Healthy Working Families...more

Minnesota Bill to Preempt Local Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances Advances in Legislature

As expected, the Uniform State Labor Standards Act (H.F. No. 600)—a Minnesota bill to preempt local employment law ordinances, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul safe and sick leave ordinances—passed in the state House of...more

Red State Preemption Of Local Pay Equity Laws? — Stay Tuned

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The 2016 elections had the effect of hardening the Red-Blue divide in the country. A number of Blue cities in Red States are enacting ordinances that implement the progressive political agenda, which of...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

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Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (February Edition)

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The year’s shortest month contains a long list of minimum wage and overtime developments. Though to date in 2017 a minimum wage proposal has yet to pass a single state house, and measures in Mississippi, North Dakota,...more

Future of California’s Marijuana Laws Appears Hazy

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What do you get when you cross blue state liberal marijuana laws with red state conservatism? A purple haze. California voters approved recreational use of marijuana for adults in the November 2016 election. But federal...more

Legislative Update for Minnesota Employers: Paid Leave Bills Advance, Cell Phone Hands-Free Bill Introduced

Employers with employees in Minnesota—and in particular, those with employees in the cities of Minneapolis and/or St. Paul—may be interested in the status of several bills that have been introduced in the Minnesota...more

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