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Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

Federal Contractors Must Comply with New Rules on Sex Bias

Contractors should be careful not to implement any policies or practices that may have a disparate, adverse impact on one sex unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Originally published in...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Building a future: addressing the Brexit challenge

"Brexit means Brexit" according to Theresa May. But although the Government has now indicated that it is committed to Brexit and achieving the best possible outcome for the UK, no-one knows what form this will take or how...more

Local Regulation of Minimum Wage in Arizona on the November Ballot

The 2016 election season will highlight a hot issue in labor and employment -- local regulation of minimum hourly wage rates. After recent enactments in several California cities, Arizona cities in 2017 may be following suit...more

Two New England States Pass Legislation Restricting Physician Non-Competes

We’ve written a lot this summer about the Massachusetts legislature’s latest failed attempt at non-compete reform. Two other states in New England, however, are able to claim accomplishments in that regard. Specifically,...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

Bill 132 Update: MOL Releases Code of Practice to Help Employers Comply with OHSA’s Harassment Provisions

Further to our series of posts on Ontario’s new Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation, which amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has recently issued a Code of Practice to Address...more

New York’s Fantasy Sports Law at Work

On August 3, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law legalizing fantasy sports in New York. The timing is critical to the industry, as it may enable major fantasy sports providers to reopen operations in New York by the...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...more

PA to Research Paid Family Leave

In this hotly-contested election season, one of the many issues on the minds of voters is paid family leave. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), only 12% of private sector employees receive paid family leave...more

Seattle Mayor’s Office Proposes Predictable Scheduling Law

The Seattle Mayor’s Office has proposed a Secure Scheduling Proposal that would require certain large employers operating within Seattle city limits to give their hourly workers advance notice of their schedules and to pay...more

Think You Can Verify Salaries? Think Again: Massachusetts Passes Comprehensive Pay Equity Law, Bans Pay History Inquiries

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts joined a growing state and federal trend by passing a comprehensive “pay equity” law. Indeed, the focus on equitable pay has been a major priority for the Obama Administration since 2009, when...more

New Law Establishes Online Unemployment Insurance and Electronic Reporting Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 1245 requires that employers with 10 or more employees must file all unemployment insurance reports and returns using the e-file system. Also, these employers must remit contributions...more

More Proposed Pay Changes: Bill To Restrict Employers From Asking About Salary History Introduced to the New York City Council

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Council introduced a bill that would prohibit New York City employers from inquiring or relying on a job applicant’s wage or salary history. Although New Yorkers and Bostonians have...more

Massachusetts – The Latest Jurisdiction to Update Its Pay Equity Laws

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charles Barker signed the Act to Establish Pay Equity. The Act, which makes several important changes to Massachusetts wage laws, will go into effect on July 1, 2018. ...more

Teamsters’ Central States Pension Plan: A Saga Becomes a Nightmare?

Created in 1955, the CSPP remains one of the largest and oldest multiemployer pension plans in the United States, funding the pensions of 400,000 active and retired Teamsters. Shockingly, with the decline in the unionized...more

Election Year Reminders: Cautionary Guidance for Employers That Sponsor PAC/Charity Matching Programs

As we head into the final stretch of the presidential election cycle, employers — both for-profit and nonprofit — may wish to offer employee programs to encourage civic participation, including facilitating political...more

San Diego Sick Leave Amendments: Cure for or Cause of Employer Ills?

San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance has been amended less than two months after its July 11, 2016 effective date. The amendments, instituted via the oddly-titled “Implementing Ordinance,” plug gaps the...more

Union Organizing at Retail and Food Service Businesses Gets Boost from New York City “Labor Peace” Executive Order

Summary of the Executive Order - New York City retail and food service unions got a boost recently when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order titled “Labor Peace for Retail Establishments at City Development...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions this Spring and Summer in recent terms. Its work resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local (and state) government law, in the areas of Virginia...more

Mass. Pay Equity Law Brings Wave of Hiring Restrictions

Signaling a new era in employee pay equity, "The Act to Establish Pay Equity" will require Massachusetts employers to make sweeping changes in their pay and hiring practices. Among the most significant changes, the Act bars...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

Can Democrats Provide Some Runway for Employers on Overtime Rules?

We have all heard the hue and cry from many employers regarding the impending change to the “white collar” exemptions to the FLSA’s overtime rules. As a reminder, the current minimum salary threshold is $455/week, or...more

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