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U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Courts Will Not Second-Guess Development Decisions When the Findings are Supported by Substantial Evidence

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On May 23,2017, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District granted a request to publish Kutzke v. City of San Diego, __ Cal. App. 5th __ (2017) (Case No. D070288), another opinion that shows the deference courts...more

And NYC Makes Three: Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and New York City Ban Salary Inquiries

New York City will soon become the third jurisdiction to enact laws barring employers from asking a job applicant about former salaries. The goal? To eliminate one of the alleged sources of wage disparities between men and...more

New York City Council Approves Bill Restricting Employer Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History

The New York City Council has approved a bill that would make it unlawful for private employers to inquire into or rely upon job applicants’ wage history during the hiring process, with limited exception. The bill now goes...more

NYC Prohibits Past Pay Inquiries

by Fisher Phillips on

The New York City Council passed legislation yesterday that will prohibit employers from making inquiries regarding salary history during the hiring process, a measure aimed at addressing gender-based wage gaps. Under the new...more

Iowa Governor Signs Labor Bill, Stops Polk County Minimum Wage Before it Starts

by Messner Reeves LLP on

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a labor bill yesterday that preempts local minimum wage ordinances, including the one in Polk County that was scheduled to increase the local minimum wage on April 1, 2017. The bill (HF 295)...more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, November/December 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

Paid Sick & Family Leave Passes D.C. City Council

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

For over a year, the D.C. City Council has considered a bill that would have provided employees in the nation’s capital paid family and sick leave. Now, after extended debate and comment from the public and business...more

FPPC Weighs in on Recreational Marijuana Ethics Issues

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local officials handling recreational marijuana issues will find guidance in two advice letters issued by the Fair Political Practices Commission in the wake of last month’s passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of...more

Portland, Oregon Adopts First-of-Its-Kind CEO Pay Ratio Tax on Employers

The Portland, Oregon City Council has passed an ordinance that will impose a tax surcharge on publicly traded companies whose chief executive officers are paid at least 100 times more than the median pay of other company...more

NYC Council Introduces Suite of Worker Protection Bills, In Likely Sign of Things to Come

As we noted in an earlier post, the election of Donald J. Trump likely means that states and municipalities—and not the federal government—will lead the charge on worker-protection issues for the next four years. In this...more

Freelance Isn’t Free Act Signed by Mayor De Blasio

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, granting protections for freelancers in New York City, was signed by Mayor De Blasio on November 16, 2016. The law, on which we previously reported in detail here, will go...more

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Affirms Local Government Board's Recusal of One of Its Own Members In Quasi-Judicial Proceeding

A quasi-judicial land use proceeding requires an impartial decisionmaker, like any courtroom proceeding. State law does its best to spell out what constitutes an "impermissible violation[] of due process"...more

Proposed Law Would Prohibit New York City Employers From Inquiring Into Applicants’ Wage History

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has introduced legislation before the City Council that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful employment practice for employers to request job...more

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed - Individual elected officials are exercising their right to free speech when they cast their votes — even if those votes might be the result of corruption or based in a...more

San Diego City Council Amends Local Sick Pay Law

On July 26, the San Diego City Council ratified a minimum wage and sick pay ordinance approved by voters on June 7. Effective as of July 11, the ordinance imposes a citywide minimum wage rate and also obligates businesses to...more

City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The...more

New Orleans Adopts Legislation Prohibiting City Contractors From Conducting Employment-Related Credit Checks

The New Orleans City Council recently approved legislation making it unlawful for city contractors to seek or use the consumer credit history of a current or prospective employee for any decision regarding the hiring or...more

Chicago Adopts Paid Sick Leave Following Burgeoning National Trend

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Late last month, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved a new paid sick leave ordinance requiring virtually every employer in the city to provide at least some paid time off to employees for sick leave purposes. Cook...more

D.C. Council Postpones Vote On Two Controversial Employment Bills

The D.C. Council has postponed votes on the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act (the “Scheduling Act”) and the Universal Paid Leave Act (the “Leave Act”), two controversial bills that would impose significant burdens on D.C....more

Los Angeles One-Two Punch Revisited: More FAQs on the New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On June 1, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance impacting employers in the city of Los Angeles and mandating paid sick leave beyond that which is required under the recently passed California statute (Cal....more

Court Clarifies the Cease & Desist Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

City’s Loss Illustrates Risks of Litigating Open Meeting Law Violation Claims - In 2012 the California Legislature amended the judicial remedies aspect of the Brown Act “Opening Meetings” Law. That amendment added...more

Court Clarifies that Brown Act “Cease and Desist” Requirements Apply to Past Actions of a Legislative Body and Awards Costs to...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In 2012, the California legislature amended the remedies available to address violations of the Ralph M. Brown Act. The amendment added section 54960.2 to the Government Code to require that anyone seeking to challenge past...more

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