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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 -
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California’s New Equal Pay Law Portends Tidal Wave of Gender Pay Discrimination Claims

On October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB358, which amends Labor Code Section 1197.5, California’s existing gender pay equality law.1 Most of the previous statute remains intact, but the...more

California Expands Gender-Based Wage Protections by Adopting “Substantially Similar” Test and Requiring Employers to Justify Wage...

The California Fair Pay Act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits employers from paying employees less than the rate paid to members of the opposite sex who perform “substantially similar” work. Although...more

Employment Law Update: Wages and Water: What Do We Do?

With the recent rain storms that have blanketed the Carolinas and the resulting road damage and closures, this a good time for employers to review their inclement weather policies and to make sure they properly compensate all...more

Supreme Court Denies Stay of DOL’s Home Care Rule

On December 22, 2014, in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a key portion of a U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation amending the minimum wage and...more

Despite Ruling, Free Speech Statute Continues To Offers Some Defenses

In two prior posts this week I talked about the significance of a new Connecticut Supreme Court case that has expanded the free speech rights of employees in the workplace. But do employers have any other defenses to...more

California Employers Will Face Significant New Equal Pay Law

California employers will soon be subject to a new equal pay law that will create a much stricter standard for gender pay equity. Passed by the state legislature with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor...more

D.C. Council Introduces Bill Providing 16 Weeks Of PAID Leave to D.C. Employees

Yesterday (October 6, 2015), 7 of the 13 members of the Council of the District of Columbia introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the “Act”). If passed, the Act would significantly impact employers and workers in...more

Update on the Fight Over the Companionship and Live-In Domestic Worker FLSA Exemptions: Final Rule Set to Go Into Effect on...

A U.S. Department of Labor final regulation prohibiting third-party home care agencies and other third-party employers from taking advantage of the Companionship and Live-In Domestic Worker minimum wage and overtime...more

Proposed FLSA Regulation Means Higher Salaries in California

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a proposed regulation that could make it more difficult for employers to classify employees as “exempt,” i.e., exempt from being paid overtime, under federal...more

Key Employment Updates - October 2015

With summer now officially over, we set out below some important updates to be aware of as the ‘back to work’ period begins. Employers may be able to dismiss, lawfully, for derogatory comments made on social media - The...more

California Fair Pay Act: New Obligations for Employers or a Paper Tiger?

Widely lauded as the strongest equal pay legislation in the nation, California’s Fair Pay Act (Senate Bill 358) is now law. Effective January 1, 2016, the new law modifies California’s existing wage discrimination measures by...more

Why Getting Handbooks Right Matters: NLRB Judge Holds Verizon’s Restrictions on Employee Communications During Non-Working Time...

Despite previous NLRB rulings telling them to stop, some employers continue to impose broad prohibitions on personal employee communications over company email. As an administrative law judge recently reminded us, failing to...more

New York Employment Law Roundup: July, August, & September 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of newly issued legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest events, we share regular summaries of...more

Pittsburgh’s New Sick Leave Ordinance Challenged in State Court

In August, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania passed an ordinance that will require most employers to provide workers with paid or unpaid sick time. Pittsburgh follows the lead of Philadelphia, which approved a similar...more

Time Warner-EEOC Settlement Provides a Cautionary Tale to Employers Who Provide Mothers More Parental Leave Than Fathers

I recently read in the NY Times that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a charge with Time Warner, Inc., the parent company of CNN and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where a former employee alleged that...more

Be Aware of Public Employees Disciplinary Proceedings Protections: Loudermill, Wiengarten and Garrity

This post is primarily for public sector employers such as state agencies, municipalities and districts. By virtue of being employed by the government and quite likely represented by a labor union, public sector employees in...more

Payment of Accrued But Unused Vacation Pay

The Connecticut rules for payment of accrued but unused vacation pay when employment terminates are fairly simple, but a brief refresher may be helpful to employers. Connecticut General Statutes § 31-71f requires...more

California Legislature Pushes to Limit Employer/Employee Arbitration Agreements

The California legislature recently submitted a bill (AB 465) to Governor Jerry Brown that deters employers from using arbitration agreements that include a provision requiring the arbitration of claims brought against...more

Do You Need to Pay Minimum Wage or Overtime to Your Commission-Paid Employees?

Companies will sometimes take a chance on a new (or old) salesperson by allowing him/her to work on pure commission. This “eat what you kill” compensation system seemingly creates an incentive to sell with little risk to the...more

Allowing an Employee to Work a Shorter Shift May Be a Reasonable Accommodation

A recent federal district court decision is a good reminder that an employer needs to explore all options before denying an accommodation request, including whether it can go back to an employment practice it has changed and...more

Shots or Not? The Pros and Cons of Mandatory Workplace Flu Vaccination

While we continue to enjoy warm September weather, flu season (typically lasting from October through May) will soon be here. Many employers—health care providers in particular—are now considering or preparing to implement...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Rises to $10.15

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor published in the Federal Register earlier this week its official Notice regarding an increased minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.15, which is a...more

NJ Appellate Court Offers New Guidance on Employee Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that employee arbitration agreements, to be enforceable, must contain a “clear and unmistakable” waiver of an employee’s right to a trial in court. In Milloul v....more

California Passes New Equal Pay Law

If you read one thing... - California legislature has passed amendments to the California Fair Pay Act, which the Governor has said he will sign into law. - The amendments expand protections against inequality...more

Bestätigung durch EuGH: Fahrtzeit ist bei Außendienstmitarbeitern Arbeitszeit

Das Bundesarbeitsgericht hatte es bereits im Jahr 2009 (BAG vom 22. April 2009, 5 AZR 292/08) sehr klar entschieden: Arbeit ist jede Tätigkeit, die als solche der Befriedigung eines fremden Bedürfnisses dient. Keine Arbeit...more

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