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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

Canada: Ontario Special Advisors Make 173 Recommendations in their Final Report on the Changing Workplace

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In May 2015, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors (Michael Mitchell and The Honourable John C. Murray) to review the modern-day workplace and to consider whether the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995...more

Georgia’s SB 201 Will Require Sick Leave To Be Used For “Family” Reasons

One hot topic right now in the employment world is family and medical leave laws. There has been a push in the federal arena as well as many states to establish or improve family leave and sick leave requirements for the...more

New Georgia Law Expands Use of Paid Sick Leave

by King & Spalding on

Effective July 1, 2017, Georgia employers with more than 25 employees will be required to allow eligible employees to use up to five days of paid sick leave each calendar year to care for immediate family members, including...more

Pittsburgh To Appeal Block Of City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court’s ruling invalidating the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), the ordinance adopted in 2015 requiring all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. This is the eighth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

Howard Stern’s Day Off : The Danger of Digging for Details When Employees Call-In Sick

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Shock Jock Howard Stern took an unexpected day off from his radio show last week which prompted a firestorm of speculation on social media as to the underlying reason for his absence. Although Stern’s absence was initially...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXX: Pittsburgh Sick Time Law on Life Support After Appellate Court Decision

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 17, 2017, a panel of judges on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania struck a second blow to Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act, leaving the Act’s future in serious jeopardy. ...more

Employment News - May 2017 #3

by Hogan Lovells on

Cards on the table – employment manifesto pledges issued - The Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have all confirmed in their manifestos that pre-Brexit EU employment rights will be maintained and that gig...more

Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Leave Law Suffers Another Legal Defeat, Battle Not Over

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In Pennsylvania Rest. & Lodging Ass'n et al v. City of Pittsburgh, the Commonwealth Court ("the Appeals Court") affirmed a lower court ruling that the City acted without authority when it adopted the Paid Sick Days Act ("the...more

Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Days Ordinance is Confirmed to Be Invalid

by Littler on

On May 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld a 2015 trial court ruling that the City of Pittsburgh did not have the authority under state law to enact the Paid Sick Days Ordinance. It remains to be seen...more

Puerto Rico Employers Brace for New Right to Religious Freedom Accommodation Requests

by Littler on

Earlier this year, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). While the Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, it also...more

Sorting out the Truth About the Right to Disconnect in France

by Littler on

Introduced on August 8, 2016 and effective since January 1, 2017, the “El Khomri law” (named after the French Labor Minister) or “loi travail” granted employees in France the "right to disconnect" from digital devices....more

New Georgia Sick Leave Law Requires Employers to Allow Employees to Use Sick Leave to Care for Family Members

by Burr & Forman on

The Georgia state legislature passed, and on May 8th Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed, the Family Care Act. The act requires employers who already offer their employees paid sick leave, to use that paid sick leave to not...more

Time for a Check-Up: 5 More Sick Leave Laws Await Employers on July 1, 2017

There’s been no shortage of paid sick leave laws at the state and local level over the last few years. We have covered this growing patchwork of laws and the challenges they present for employers since this trend emerged a...more

Georgia Enacts Kin Care Law

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Beginning July 1, 2017, large employers in Georgia that offer paid sick leave will be required to permit their employees to use some of it to care for their immediate family members. The Georgia legislature previously had...more

General Election countdown: Let’s get ready to rumble

by Dentons on

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the parties are getting ready to pack a punch. It seems that workers’ rights are high on the political agenda and likely to feature in all the main manifestos, official...more

Georgia’s New Sick Leave Law Appears To Be More Bark Than Bite

by Fisher Phillips on

Many workers in Georgia who receive sick leave from their employers will soon be entitled to use such leave to care for family members, thanks to a new law signed into effect by Governor Nathan Deal last week. The new law...more

Georgia is Not Immune to Sick Leave Laws

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Georgia has a new sick leave law that requires employers to allow the use of available earned sick leave for the care of an employee’s immediate family members....more

Non-Union Employers Beware: Your Employee Handbook May Violate Employees’ Rights

by Carlton Fields on

Can a company prohibit its employees from participating in public writing or speaking engagements without prior company authorization? What about speaking to the press or media? Such policies are common and routinely included...more

The Right To Disconnect

by Bryan Cave on

On 9 May 2017, members of the European Labor and Employment team presented a webinar on the right to disconnect based on the following case study: You are the manager of a global team of software engineers. One of your...more

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA Leave?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

More and more employees are working remotely these days. So, what does an employer do when an employee who works from home—more than 75 miles from the employer’s office—requests FMLA leave? ...more

Managing the Competing Obligations of the FMLA and ADA

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

An employee asks for over 12 weeks of leave for an illness under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—does this also constitute a request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The interplay...more

Arizona Industrial Commission Issues Proposed Rules for Paid Sick Time

The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 5, 2017, containing the ICA’s much-anticipated draft regulations on Arizona's new paid sick time law, which goes into effect on July 1,...more

As July 1 Effective Date Approaches, Cook County Issues Draft Regulations for Paid Sick Leave

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As we have previously reported, both Chicago and Cook County have passed paid sick leave laws that entitle covered employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Our previous alerts on these ordinances, provide...more

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing...more

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