Employee Rights New Legislation

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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The legality of employee strike action

Welcome to Reed Smith’s Monthly Global Employment Law blog post. This month’s post covers the legality of employee strikes in five key jurisdictions: France, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the United States. France...more

California Enacts "Fix-It" Legislation to Cure Ills of Paid Sick Leave Law

California’s paid sick leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015, but soon found itself in the emergency room with many unpleasant side effects. On July 13, Governor Brown signed AB 304 into law, which fixes many of the...more

Employees Permitted To Openly Discuss Wages in Connecticut

On July 2, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 15-196, entitled An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness (the Act). The Act is effective as of July 1, 2015 and limits an employer’s ability to...more

Connecticut Joins States That Protect Personal Online Accounts of Employees

Connecticut has joined a list of twenty-one states with a statute designed to preserve the privacy of personal online accounts of employees and limit the use of information related to such accounts in employment...more

Paid Parental Leave: Boston Starts Another Party

In a recent trail blazing move, Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an ordinance establishing paid parental leave for city employees. This ordinance distinguishes Boston — known for some other revolution-inducing tactics —...more

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1 Attorney General Issues Final, Relatively Employer-Friendly Regulations

As we reported in a previous alert, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law takes effect on July 1, 2015, with significant consequences for most employers with Massachusetts-based employees. In summary, the new law entitles...more

Georgia Enacts “Mini”-FCRA

For more than four decades, the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) has regulated consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”) that furnish consumer reports (i.e., background checks) to third parties such as employers. Over...more

New CT Law Bars “Pay Secrecy”

On July 2, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 15-196, entitled An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness.  The new law is intended to end pay secrecy, and specifically bars employers...more

Your Rx for Complying with California’s Newly Effective Paid Sick Leave Law

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which Governor Jerry Brown signed on September 10, 2014, goes into effect today, July 1, 2015. The Act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of...more

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill

On June 24, 2015, the Montgomery County, Maryland Council unanimously approved the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which goes into effect on October 1, 2016, provides paid sick leave to all employees...more

Model Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Policy

On July 1, 2015 the Massachusetts earned sick leave law1 goes into effect. The law requires employers to give their Massachusetts employees the chance to earn and use sick leave each year. We recommend the following sick...more

New Nevada Law Expands Employer Access to Conviction Records

While Nevada law does not limit how far back employers can directly ask applicants or employees about their conviction history, for years it has generally prohibited consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) from providing employers...more

If Pain, Yes Gain – Part X: Oregon Becomes Fourth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

As employers finalize their efforts to comply with the California and Massachusetts statewide paid sick leave laws, both of which go into effect on July 1, 2015, Oregon kicked off the summer paid sick leave wave when earlier...more

Oregon Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

As expected, Oregon has enacted a mandatory paid sick leave law, making it the fourth state to do so. The law requires employers with more than 10 Oregon employees to provide those employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick...more

Rhode Island Raises Minimum Wage Again: Now $9.60 per Hour

On June 22, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law another increase to the state’s minimum wage. This marks the fourth straight year that Rhode Island has raised its minimum wage. Effective January 1,...more

Oregon Becomes the Fourth State with a Paid Sick Leave Law

Oregon recently passed a new law that will require most employers with 10 or more employees to provide paid sick time. Oregon is the fourth state to adopt a paid sick leave law, following Connecticut, California, and...more

Oregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview

On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, requires Oregon...more

Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in...more

Update on the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law: What Employers Need to Do by July 1, 2015

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (the “ESTL”) becomes effective next month, imposing significant obligations on all employers to provide up to 40 hours of earned sick time to Massachusetts employees. By July 1, 2015,...more

New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Affecting Private Employers

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the NYC Fair Chance Act (the Act) in a landslide vote. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), the Act amends the New York City Human Rights...more

BREAKING: NYC "Bans the Box," Barring Most Pre-Employment Criminal Inquiries

Just weeks after prohibiting employers from using credit checks, the New York City Council Wednesday passed yet another bill that handcuffs businesses attempting to vet new job applicants. Most notably, the bill, commonly...more

Massachusetts AG Announces Safe Harbor Delaying Full Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law for Some Employers

On May 18, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) held the first of several public hearings on proposed regulations concerning implementation of the new earned sick time law passed by Massachusetts voters in...more

Employers beware: Montana and Virginia are the newest states to limit employers’ access to personal social media accounts bringing...

On April 8, the Montana legislature sent its new social media law to the Governor for signature and on March 23, Virginia passed legislation prohibiting an employer from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or...more

Paid Sick Leave Is a Reality In Philadelphia: How Will It Affect Your Business?

Philadelphia has joined the 16 cities and three states that require private employers to provide employees with mandatory paid sick leave. The city ordinance, which was signed into law by Mayor Nutter on February 12, 2015,...more

New Massachusetts Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees

With very little fanfare or media attention, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill into law the day before he left office that establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees. ...more

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