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Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

From the Archives: The Basics of Agriculture’s Exemption to Wage/Hour Laws

Continuing a look back at some “basics” posts you might have missed, back in 2009, I tackled an exemption that may be overlooked when it comes to employment laws. Connecticut has a proud history of farms. Many, like...more

The Continuing Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California

A dozen years ago, the passage in California of Assembly Bill (AB) 1825 began required sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees.  Since then, California has led the nation...more

California Enacts New Employment Laws for 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown concluded the 2016 Legislative Session by signing several bills affecting employment relationships. Listed below are those bills that perhaps most critically impact your daily operations. ...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066. The bill, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will entitle California farmworkers to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in...more

Employers' Legislative Update: Governor Brown Signs New Bills

Tis the season for new laws in California and not all of it brings good tidings and cheer for employers. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed several state Assembly and Senate Bills affecting those who employ domestic...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Certification of “No Injury” Wage and Hour Class

On August 31, the Ninth Circuit continued its trend of certifying “no injury” classes, this time in the context of an Agricultural Workers’ Protection Act claim that a Washington state fruit and vegetable farm violated the...more

California Agricultural Industry Wage Pains Not Just A Phase - New State Law Will Mandate “Phase-In” Overtime Requirements

On September 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016 (AB 1066) into law, providing more stringent overtime protections for agricultural workers. California law...more

New York Implements Regulation Strongly Favoring Payment of Wages by Check and Discouraging Payment by Direct Deposit and Debit...

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) adopted a final regulation setting the conditions by which employers in New York State can pay wages by direct deposit or by debit card. This regulation...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Taking a Closer Look at the New Federal Contractor "Blacklisting" Obligations

On August 25, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Final Rule regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures for federal contractors President...more

Venezuela: Nuevo Programa de Emergencia Obliga a los Patronos a Proporcionar Trabajadores a Empresas Estatales

El Ministerio del Trabajo en Venezuela ha publicado en la Gaceta Oficial un programa de trabajo forzoso, que exige a los patronos del sector público y privado proporcionar trabajadores a empresas estatales, como una especie...more

Venezuela: New Emergency Program Forces Employers to Supply their Workforce, on Demand, to Benefit State-Owned Entities

Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor has enacted the establishment of a forced labor program, which will require public and private sector employers to supply their workers as “temporary loans” to State-owned companies to boost the...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

J&R Baker Farms to Pay $205,000 to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Georgia Farm Favored Foreign Workers Over American and African-American Workers, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - J&R Baker Farms, located in Norman Park, Ga., will pay $205,000 to settle a national origin and race...more

Unions Pressure Carolina Farmers

Carolina farmers must constantly deal with changing weather and markets. Add one more challenge: labor unions. Recently, labor unions have actively targeted certain agribusinesses in the Carolinas....more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

California Legislative Update

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

"Employment Flash - February 2016"

The February 2016 edition of the Employment Flash looks at the EEOC's proposal for collecting equal pay information, the DOL's recent interpretation of joint employment liability under the FLSA and MSPA, Lyft's settlement of...more

Department of Labor Announces Broad Interpretation of Joint Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (DOL) issued guidance from its administrator in late January, espousing a broad view of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The guidance, issued in...more

Employers Take Note: Federal Agencies Issue Wage & Hour and Retaliation Guidance

The start of the New Year has brought about a flurry of federal administrative agency activity, including guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) on the joint employer standard to be used for wage and hour matters, as...more

DOL Throws 3rd Fastball in Less than a Year, Seeking to Strikeout Employers by Targeting Joint Employment

Action Item: On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued guidance regarding the determination of joint employer status under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and...more

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