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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Massachusetts Passes Radical Equal Pay Law

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Trick or Treat for California Employers

As we approach Halloween, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown have been busy on the employment front. The results of this activity are a “mixed bag” for California employers....more

Preparing for Compliance with California’s New Fair Pay Act

When California’s Fair Pay Act goes into effect January 1, 2016, the state’s employers will be subject to the strictest equal pay law in the country. The new law is part of an increased effort on both the federal and state...more

New Women’s Equality Act Legislation Raises Bar for New York Firms

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law eight (8) bills forming the bulk of the Women’s Equality Act, originally introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012. The legislation amends the New York Labor Law and the...more

California Toughens Equal Pay Law

California employers may no longer pay employees of one sex less than employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work. This is because, earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 358, the...more

California Enacts a Raft of New Employment Legislation

The latest legislative session has just ended, and, true to form, the California Legislature has added more than a dozen new laws affecting employers doing business in the nation’s largest state.  These statutes are in...more

Everything You Need to Know About St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Law

On August 28, 2015, the city of St. Louis passed a law to raise its minimum wage. The minimum wage increase will start at $8.25 per hour and will increase to $11.00 per hour by 2018. Beginning on January 1, 2019, the minimum...more

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

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

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

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