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UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The Last Chance Saloon

The final version of the draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations have now been published and are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. The latest version of the Regulations set out a number of changes from the previous...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Is it time for an incentive mine sweep?

As Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor share in Primed to Perform, “no topic raises passion like pay.” And as they reflect, “pay-for-performance is neither inherently good nor inherently bad. Depending on the circumstances, it...more

2016 Labour and Employment Law – A Year in Review (in 140 characters or less)

As we close out the first month of 2017, we thought it appropriate to briefly review the cases which caught our eye in 2016 in 140 characters or less...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

The Final Four Binding PAC Opinions of 2016 Remind School Districts of FOIA and OMA Requirements

In the final days of the year, the Illinois Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued four binding opinions that reiterate the requirements of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Below is a...more

Plain Language in Bonus Plan Prevails: No Employment, No Vesting, No Bonus

In positive news for employers, in Styles v Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1 [Styles], the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) affirmed that an employee who does not meet a clear and well drafted condition of...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Revisits Contractual Good Faith Principles

The organizing principle of good faith and the duty of honest contractual performance laid down by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 [Bhasin] do not give courts the ability to review the fairness of...more

Percentage of Wage Bonus Plan Can Avoid Retroactive Overtime Calculations

Many employers are approaching the time when annual incentive bonuses are calculated and paid to employees. For non-exempt employees subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must...more

Puerto Rico Employers Cannot Withhold Income Taxes for Christmas Bonuses of $600 or Less

Pursuant to the current income tax withholding rules issued by the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury, there are specific income tax withholding rules applicable when a Christmas bonus is paid, which differ from those...more

Revised draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations: Key points

The government has published the much anticipated revised version of the draft Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations. The key points to note are:...more

Update: UK Government Publishes New Draft Gender Pay Reporting Regulations

After a lengthy period of consultation, on 7 December 2016, the UK government published the revised draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017....more

CFPB Issues Rigorous New Guidance to Financial Services Industry Regarding Sales Incentives

The compliance burdens being placed on institutions to monitor all aspects of product sales will require a substantial expansion of the types and scope of reporting that are done for product sales. On November 28, the...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

CFPB Outlines Expectations on Incentive Compensation

The CFPB issued a bulletin warning supervised financial companies that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm if not properly managed....more

Tunisia – New Investment Law

Prior to the "Tunisia 2020" conference on development and investment which will take place in Tunis at the end of this month, the Tunisian legislature adopted law n°71-2016 dated 30 September 2016, ("Loi sur l’Investissement...more

Three Former Warner Chilcott District Managers Prosecuted for HIPAA Violations

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts recently announced that three former district managers of the pharmaceutical firm Warner Chilcott have been sentenced for violating the Health Insurance...more

Holiday pay includes commission (unsurprisingly)

The eagerly-awaited Court of Appeal decision in British Gas v Lock has now been handed down. The hope for this decision was twofold: that it would clarify whether or not holiday pay should take into account commission...more

Changes to Russian Labor Law Affect Payments to Employees

A number of significant amendments to Russian labor legislation entered into force on October 3, 2016. The amendments were introduced by Federal Law No.272-FZ “On Introducing Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the...more

California Governor Signs Four Bills Affecting Density Bonus Projects

On September 28, 2016, Governor Brown signed new legislation relating to the construction of affordable and market-rate housing. Although AB 2501 has drawn the most attention from commentators and the media, AB 2442 and AB...more

Are you prepared for overtime regulations?

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations will take effect. Millions of employees who are currently exempt will, for the first time, earn overtime for any hours...more

[Webinar] The New Overtime Rules Effective in December: Are You Ready? - September 22nd, 12:30pm EDT

Beginning December 1, 2016, many exempt employees may no longer be exempt. This is because the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) updated regulations double the minimum weekly salary threshold required for employee positions to...more

Germany: Court Holds Payment and Amount of Discretionary Bonuses are Subject to Judicial Review

On August 3, 2016, Germany's Federal Labor Court ruled that while the payment of employee bonuses and their amounts are at the discretion of the employer, they are subject to full judicial review. Under this reinterpretation...more

Legal interpretation and application of year-end bonuses under Chinese law

The term “year-end bonus” generally refers to the material incentive a company gives to its employees to reward them for their good performance and contribution to its development. With continuous economic growth a goal of...more

Resource for Companies Evaluating Compliance with New Overtime Laws

Many companies are in the process of completing internal audits to prepare for the new salary and overtime rules that go into effect on December 1, 2016. While the changes do not impact the duties-portion of FLSA exemptions,...more

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