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 Voters Approve New Sick Leave Law - Voters Approved a Ballot Measure Granting Workers Up to 40 Hours of Sick Leave...

With the approval of ballot Question 4 in the election on Nov. 4, 2014, workers in Massachusetts will soon have the statutory right to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. The effective date of the new...more

Employers in Illinois Take Note: Pregnancy Accommodation Amendments Go Into Effect January 1, 2015

As of January 1, 2015, the recently enacted pregnancy accommodation amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) will go into effect, requiring many Illinois employers to update or change their policies and practices...more

California Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Employees

On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA), requiring all California employers to provide their employees in the state with at least three days of...more

Massachusetts Ballot Measure Passes Requiring Paid Sick Time for Employees

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that will require covered employers to allow employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time (“Sick Time”) for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum...more

Massachusetts Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

On Election Day this year, Massachusetts voters responded affirmatively, by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent, to the Massachusetts Paid Sick Days Initiative. ...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Domestic Violence Leave Act

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued an Advisory and other guidance on a new Massachusetts law, known as the Domestic Violence Leave Act (the “DVLA”). The Attorney General’s guidance confirms the basic...more

Massachusetts Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts joined the growing list of states to guarantee paid sick leave for employees. According to the new law (a ballot question passed by voters), employees may use earned sick leave to care for a...more

New Jersey Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $8.38 Per Hour

New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.38 per hour on January 1, 2015....more

New Sick Leave Rights For Massachusetts Employees Raise Concerns For Employers

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a new law, which will be codified at G.L. c. 149, § 148C, providing sick leave rights to all private employees in the state and most public employees. The law goes into...more

Massachusetts Passes New Paid Sick Leave Law

What you need to know: Effective July 1, 2015, Massachusetts will require most employers to grant at least forty hours of paid sick leave to their employees each year. Employees may take the paid sick days to care for...more

FAQs on California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The Act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked...more

Paid Sick Leave Passes in Massachusetts

On November 4, 2014, voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot initiative that entitles employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time. Massachusetts now joins Connecticut and California as the states with mandatory sick...more

Massachusetts Voters Pass Mandatory Paid Sick Time - updated

Massachusetts Ballot Question 4 on mandatory sick leave passed. This change to the law makes Massachusetts one of only a few states that requires paid sick time. Under the law, employers with 11 or more employees are...more

D.C. Prepares a Holiday “Gift” for Employers – the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray quietly signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act which will likely take effect in mid-December 2014 – just in time for the holidays. ...more

New California Paid Sick Leave Law May Cause Headaches for Employers

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA), which provides nearly all employees working in California with paid sick leave. The new law...more

Alert: California New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law Effective July 2015

Unlike several other California leave laws, there is no exemption for small employers. The new law applies to employees (exempt and non-exempt) who work in California 30 days or more in a year. This includes temporary,...more

Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law

Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees must permit employees to take up to 15 days of domestic violence leave in any 12-month period. Employees who are victims of abusive behavior, or whose family members are victims...more

California Enacts New Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. As a result, most employers in California will be required to provide up to 24 hours (3 days) of...more

New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law for California (aka: Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning)

On September 10, 2014, California became the second state in the nation to require private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. ...more

California Employers May Get Ill Over California’s New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

The collective sobbing you may have recently heard from the west coast of the United States was that of California employers in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 10, 2014 signing of AB 1522 – California’s new paid...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2014

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave - On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers,...more

New Law Requires California Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The new law requires almost all California employers to provide paid sick time to most full-time and part-time...more

AB 1522 Requires California Employers to Update Paid Sick Leave Policies

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1522 into law (the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014”). The new law requires many California employers to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees....more

California to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

On September 10, California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill A.B. 1522—officially known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—requiring California employers to provide employees with at least three paid sick...more

Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Law Bill Applicable to Public & Private Employers

New Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2015 - Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” (AB 1522 - Gonzalez). As of July 1, 2015, the new law requires both public and private...more

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