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Chicago Approves Ordinance to Increase the Minimum Wage

The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance (“Ordinance”) to increase the city’s minimum wage to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, with successive increases to $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016; $11.00 per hour on July 1,...more

Can Your Agency Afford to Employ "Sleep-Ins"?

Under the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Rule on Domestic Service, ("DOL Final Rule") effective January 1, 2015, home care agencies can no longer claim the companionship exemption. As a result, managed care companies may be...more

Act Now Advisory: Massachusetts Passes Comprehensive Domestic Workers Law

On June 26, 2014, Massachusetts became the fourth state to pass a law designed to provide protections to domestic workers, which include nannies, housekeepers, caretakers of individuals in the home, and home companions. The...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

eAlert - California Employment Legislative Update: What's New for 2014?

In California, the New Year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California beginning January 1, 2014, unless otherwise...more

New Year, New Employment Laws

With the New Year comes a number of new laws, including several that will affect California employers. Employers should include on their list of resolutions a review of the company’s policies and procedures to ensure...more

Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Assembly Bill 241 establishes overtime pay protection for domestic workers (i.e. nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers) employed by private individuals such that they are paid a rate of time-and-a half for all hours worked in...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

Newly Enacted California Statutes

California has amended Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

California Legislative Update 2013

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed bills enacting several new employment statutes, marking the end of the California Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Increase of Minimum Wage to $10 per Hour by 2016 (AB 10)...more

U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden On Household Direct Hires

Individuals and families who for years have directly employed domestic workers to care for elderly or ill family members will see their labor costs increase dramatically beginning January 1, 2015. Under the U.S. DOL's Final...more

Employers Must Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers They Jointly or Solely Employ

Many groups that have lobbied for change as it relates to home care aides seem to have received some victory. Specifically, the Labor Department announced a Final Rule on September 17, 2013 that extends overtime and wage...more

Domestic Workers Get Overtime In California Starting January 1, 2014

Among the various wage-related legislation Governor Brown signed into law recently is a provision that will allow housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in private homes to collect overtime pay. ...more

Governor Brown Expands Paid Family Leave Eligibility, Boosts Minimum Wage, and Grants Overtime to Nannies

Currently, through California’s Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) insurance program, workers may collect up to six weeks of partial wage replacement benefits while taking leave under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) or...more

Governor Brown Signs New Laws Affecting California Employers

Gov. Brown has signed into law a measure that will increase California’s minimum wage from $8.00 per hour to $9.00 per hour on July 1, 2014, and to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. So, California employers must prepare for...more

DOL Releases Final Rule on Domestic Service Exemption

On September 17, 2013, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a Final Rule revising its regulations on the domestic service exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The Final Rule will amend the...more

The “Keep Jobs In Colorado Act” Bad for Business, Bad for the State?

A new law currently being debated in Colorado's legislature could expose companies working on public projects to civil penalties if their workforce does not consist of at least 80% Colorado labor. ...more

Nonsubscriber Legislative Update

As we near the end of the regular session of the Texas legislature (May 27), we wanted to give you a quick update on the status of various proposed nonsubscriber-related bills. Similar measures to these have been proposed...more

What Do You Mean I Have To Pay My Nanny Overtime?!

As a working mom, I am lucky to have a husband who is a stay-at-home parent. Rarely do I have to worry about being late to work because I have to drop my child off at school, or leaving work early to take my child to an...more

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