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When Cancer Strikes: When Happens AFTER You Run Out of Paid Time Off

I’d much rather write about a legal topic than a personal one, but before I talk about the logistics of handling an employee who has exhausted their paid time off, I wanted to share a brief personal update. Last...more

Australia: Federal Court Clarifies Rate Employers Must Pay for Untaken Annual Leave on Termination

In a ruling focused on statutory interpretation, a full federal court bench recently confirmed that employers must pay out employees’ accrued but untaken annual leave upon termination at the rate the employees would have...more

Employment Law - August 2015

California Sick Leave Law Gets Updates - Why it matters: California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act just took effect on July 1 but Governor Jerry Brown has already signed into law tweaks to the statute....more

BREAKING: Obama Administration Considering Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Provide Employees Paid Sick Leave

According to a report in the New York Times, the White House is currently considering an Executive Order (“EO”) requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees. According to the report, the...more

Holiday entitlement during sick leave – Where are we now?

An employee’s entitlement to holiday, and the pay he or she receives while taking holiday, has been a hot topic in the courts over the past few years. In the case of Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd, the Employment Appeal...more

More Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon? Draft Executive Order Calls for Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.

The New York Times reported yesterday that it received a draft executive order marked “pre-decisional and deliberative,” which contemplates granting a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees of federal...more

California Sick Leave Amendments Offer (Some) Needed Clarity for Employers

The California paid sick leave law provided a significant boon to employees not included under employers’ sick leave or paid time off policies, but it often created more questions than answers for companies. How do we...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of...more

New Amendment to California Sick-Leave Law Takes Effect

On July 13, 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 304 – an amendment to California’s recently effective (as of July 1, 2015), statewide sick-leave law, known as the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of...more

Governor Signs Urgent Measure Clarifying CA Paid Sick Leave Law: Four Action Steps for Employers Now

California employers have stepped up to comply with the July 1, 2015 deadline for the new California paid sick leave law. Now changes have arrived that may help clarify the law. On July 13, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown...more

Emergency Legislation to Amend California’s Paid Sick Leave Requirements Signed by Governor, Effective Immediately

Last year, the California Legislature enacted A.B. 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“Act”), which amended California Labor Code Section 245.5 to provide paid sick days to most California employees,...more

California Enacts "Fix-It" Legislation to Cure Ills of Paid Sick Leave Law

California’s paid sick leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015, but soon found itself in the emergency room with many unpleasant side effects. On July 13, Governor Brown signed AB 304 into law, which fixes many of the...more

Is Your Company Prepared for the Changes to CFRA Leave?

The changes to employees’ rights to take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) go into effect July 1, 2015. Your company should be prepared only if it has done the following (...). The amended CFRA...more

Reminder for California Employers: Paid Sick Leave Effective July 1, 2015 - Both Non-Exempt and Exempt Employees Are Covered by...

On July 1, 2015, California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 takes effect. Given the fast-approaching deadline for compliance, this is a reminder about the new law and its requirements. The highlights of the...more

When Paying Accrued "Vacation" at Termination, Labels Don't Matter [Wage & Hour FAQs]

In recent years, I have noticed a movement away from the traditional categories of “vacation” and “sick” leave and holidays to hybrids like PTO, holiday hours, and personal days. While those new categories provide greater...more

Elimination of Vacation and Sick Day Accruals. Can that be Legal?

According to a November 17, 2014 article in LAobserved.com highlighted by the Los Angeles Business Journal, exempt non-union Los Angeles Times employees as of January 1, 2015 will no longer be able to accrue vacation days,...more

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees

A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than four hours. In Rhea v. General Atomics, plaintiff Lori Rhea, on...more

Quirky Question #234, Selling Accrued Vacation

Question: Our company allows employees to sell up to 40 hours of their accrued PTO (accrued vacation) each year. If an employee elects to sell the accrued PTO, we pay it out in a lump sum at the end of the year. Does...more

City Council Expands New York City Earned Sick Time Act

Yesterday, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (the "Act") expanding its coverage in several significant ways. The law, as amended, will take effect on April 1, 2014. As...more

Act Now Advisory: Amendments to the District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008

Since 2008, the District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act ("ASSLA") has required D.C. employers to provide employees with paid leave (i) to care for themselves or their family members, and (ii) for work absences...more

Quirky Question # 215, Are Capped Vacation Plans Now Disfavored And Should My Company Switch To An Unlimited Vacation Plan?

We have a new CFO who is upset by the huge amount of accrued vacation we have to carry on the books. We have a cap of two times the annual accrual. He says most high tech companies like ours have unlimited vacation plans and...more

FAQ: What Employers Need To Know About Portland Paid Sick Leave

Beginning January 1, 2014, Portland, Oregon will require most employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions will help employers get up to speed with the ordinance and...more

Final Regulations Clarify and Expand Portland Sick Leave Law Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2014, private-sector employers doing business in Portland that have six or more employees will be required to provide employees with a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work...more

Act Now Advisory: Guidance for D.C. Employers from the Government Audit of the D.C. Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008

The Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 ("Act") requires D.C. employers to provide employees with paid sick days to care for themselves or their family members and with access to paid leave for work absences associated...more

Is an Honor Vacation Policy Right for My Company? [Video]

Companies in California and across the United States are moving away from traditional vacation accrual policies to unlimited vacation policies, or honor vacation policies. What is an honor vacation policy? How can start-ups...more

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