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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 -

Notice of Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence Now Required for New Hires in California

Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2337, which, effective July 1, 2017, requires California employers with 25 or more employees to provide written notice of workplace rights for victims of...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

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

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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

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

Georgia Enacts Kin Care Law

by Littler on

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

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

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

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Illinois Increases Protected Leaves for Employees

by Littler on

Just two months after Chicago became the second city in the Midwest to require employers to provide paid sick leave, Illinois has enacted three laws that entitle employees to additional protected leaves.  The Child...more

New Illinois Law Requires Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Illinois enacts child bereavement leave, requiring employers provide paid leave should an employee experience the loss of a child. On July 29, 2016, Illinois became one of only two states (the other...more

Massachusetts Passes Radical Equal Pay Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which as the name aptly suggests, seeks to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal...more

New Colorado Law Requires Employee Access to Personnel Files

On June 10, 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 16-1432. Effective January 1, 2017, the new law will require private sector employers to allow employees to access their personnel files at...more

Colorado Grants Certain Private-Sector Employees the Right to Inspect Their Personnel Files

by Littler on

On June 10, 2016, Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 16-1432, Personnel Files Employee Inspection Right (the “Bill”), into law.  The Bill, which provides certain current and former private-sector...more

Colorado Governor Signs Bill That Gives Employees Right To Review Their Personnel File

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill requiring Colorado private employers to provide requesting employees with access to inspect and copy their personnel files at least annually has been signed by Governor John Hickenlooper. The bill defines "personnel...more

Minneapolis Approves Paid Sick Leave Law

The Minneapolis city council has approved an ordinance requiring employers with six or more employees to provide up to 48 hours of paid sick leave each year. Employers with five or fewer employees will be required to provide...more

Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Compliance Guide

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council passed its long awaited Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, requiring most employers with employees working in the City of Minneapolis to provide paid sick/safe time to those employees...more

California DLSE Posts FAQs on New Fair Pay Law but Leaves Tough Questions Unanswered

Three months after the California Fair Pay Act took effect on January 1, 2016, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has issued answers to FAQs about the new law, which by all counts is the most...more

California Raises its Minimum Wage and Expands Paid Sick Leave

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When it wants to, the California Legislature can act with impressive speed. It did so last week on a minimum wage increase bill (SB 3)when, in less than 96 hours, it amended the legislation and sped it through two committee...more

Ontario’s Sexual Harassment Protections Passed

Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act was passed and received Royal Assent on March 8, 2016. The Act will go into effect in six months on September 8, 2016. The Act creates new duties for employers to...more

Recently Enacted New Jersey Laws Affecting Employers

In January, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law two new bills about which New Jersey employers should be aware. One creates an optional state retirement plan marketplace for small businesses, while the other...more

Oregon’s Minimum Wage – What Now?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Oregon is making history, once again. The new minimum wage law (signed by Governor Brown on March 2, 2016) brings two new titles...more

Elizabeth Poised to Become the Tenth Municipality in New Jersey to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a public question on the ballot requiring private-sector employers in the city to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Elizabeth follows the lead of multiple...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

New York State Employers Face Strict New Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Laws

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a series of bills entitled the “Women’s Equality Agenda” that significantly amend the State’s equal pay, sex discrimination, harassment and other laws to provide additional...more

New York Enacts Extensive New Protections for Women in the Workplace

by Reed Smith on

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of bills that expands the state’s gender-based employment protections. The bills are part of a legislative package, known more commonly as the...more

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