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Additional Paid Sick Leave Requirements in Los Angeles

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to pass a motion that directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance requiring employers to provide employees who work for them in the City of Los Angeles for 30 or...more

Los Angeles Votes to Enact Paid Sick Leave Policy

The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of adopting a paid sick leave ordinance which, if approved, would provide six days of paid sick leave per year, with carry-over of 72 hours. An exemption for small employers was...more

Montgomery County Subdivision Staging Policy Revamped

The Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“Planning Board”) is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (“SSP”). We anticipate practical and innovation changes will be...more

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations - Local authorities may not institute preferential parking regulations that discriminate among residents based on the residents’ dwelling type,...more

A Closer Look at Austin’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance, the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which took effect on April 4, 2016. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12, 2016. It...more

Chicago Task Force Proposes 5 Days Of Paid Sick Leave For Employees

Poised to join the increasing number of cities that require paid sick leave, the Working Families Task Force (commissioned by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel) recently recommended that employees in Chicago be allowed to earn at...more

Austin Passes "Ban the Box" Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance that will significantly restrict many employers from making employment decisions about applicants or employees based on their criminal histories. The Fair Chance...more

Pasadena Joins Growing List of California Cities Imposing City Minimum Wage

On March 14, 2016, the Pasadena City Council adopted an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum wage. Beginning on July 1, 2016, employers with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour to all employees...more

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance for Hotel Workers

In January 2016, the Santa Monica, California City Council adopted a wide-reaching ordinance that raises the city’s minimum wage for hotel workers. The ordinance also imposes paid sick leave requirements on hotel employers...more

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance

In January of 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a wide-reaching ordinance that will raise the city’s minimum wage and impose paid sick leave requirements that exceed the state’s paid sick leave statute. The...more

Public Authorities Political Boycotts Unlawful

On 17 February 2016, the Cabinet Office published a Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) which seeks to prevent public authorities from participating in boycotts and other political decisions which affect decision making and...more

NYC Mulls Bill Requiring Written Independent Contractor Agreements

The New York City Council, long-known for pushing the envelope when it comes to employment legislation, is at it again. The legislature is poised, in the near future, to pass a first-of-its-kind bill that would require...more

New Live/Work Ordinance Adopted by L.A. City Council

On February 10, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the “HI” Hybrid Industrial Live/Work Zone Ordinance, which creates a new zone classification in the City of Los Angeles, the Hybrid Industrial (HI) Zone, with...more

San Diego Minimum Wage and Sick Pay Ordinance Placed On June Ballot

San Diego City Council members voted on February 8 to place a sick pay and minimum wage ordinance on the June 7 ballot. If approved by voters, the ordinance would require an immediate local minimum wage rate increase...more

NYC Passes Bill Targeting Grocery Industry

The New York City Council’s targeted attacks on specific industries continue unabated. After levying onerous new labor law requirements on car washes this past summer, the Council recently turned its attention to the grocery...more

Update: NYC Mayor Signs Caregiver Discrimination Bill into Law

On January 5, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a New York City Council bill that prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. The new law will come into...more

Shrinking Buffer Zones? Municipalities Now Have Discretion to Decrease the 1,000 Foot Requirement

Looking for a location for a licensed marijuana premises? Changes to the buffer zone requirements may be headed to your fair city. Previously, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) would not issue a...more

Tacoma Passes Moratorium on New Retail Stores, Medical Cooperatives

Thinking about opening a recreational store or medical cooperative in Tacoma? Better sit tight, at least for the time being. On Tuesday, January 13, 2016, the Tacoma City Council passed a “temporary moratorium on new...more

Circuit Court Holds that Public Body May Not Discuss Election of Officers in Closed Session

In Denton v. City Council for the City of Hopewell, CL 2015-71 (Hopewell Cir. Ct. 2015), a suit brought under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code §§ 2.2-3700 et seq., (“FOIA”), the Hopewell Circuit Court...more

NYC Cares for Caregivers: New Bill Awaiting Mayor’s Signature Would Make Caregivers a Protected Class

On December 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed a bill prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees based on their actual or perceived status as a caregiver. The new law would establish caregiver status...more

Seattle City Council Passes Union Legislative Over Mayor’s Objections

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council passed a highly controversial bill purporting to allow individuals who drive for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize. The law would further permit...more

D.C. Council Announces 2016 Hearing Dates for Universal Paid Leave Act

As we previously reported, on October 6, the D.C. Council introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the “Act”). If passed, the Act would provide D.C. employees with the most generous statutorily-mandated leave benefits...more

'Star Wars' as a Fundraising Hook...and Other, Disparate, Attention-Grabbing Items

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU. I never got “Star Wars,” the cultural phenomenon. It seemed like a good enough movie to bring your six-year-old to on an overcast summer afternoon, but basically a long cartoon with spectacular...more

Under Construction - December 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2015 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2016 is right around the corner! Drones are a hot topic right now. The first article in...more

Colorado Springs Joins Other Colorado Municipalities in Addressing Construction Defect Reformation

On December 8, 2015, the Colorado Springs City Council unanimously (9-0) voted to approve an Ordinance that reforms construction defects litigation for common interest communities. In a municipality that rarely has unanimous...more

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