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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Employers Sick Over New Paid Sick Day Laws: The Epidemic is Spreading

Newark is the latest city to enact a mandatory Paid Sick Leave law, joining Jersey City and New York City. These laws will be impacting employers long after the latest bug goes around the workplace....more

General Assembly Approves New Laws for Illinois Employers

As the legislative session drew to a close at the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly approved several new laws that will affect Illinois employers beginning January 1, 2015. The laws are now awaiting approval by...more

Tennessee Joins the Growing List of States Limiting Employers' Access to Personal Online Content

Legislation to restrict employers' access to applicants' and employees' personal online content continues its rapid expansion in 2014. Three weeks after Wisconsin became the 13th state to adopt its own social media password...more

October’s key changes in employment law

Nicholas Jew, a Partner in our Birmingham office comments: One of the less welcome employment law reforms implemented by the Coalition government has been the decision to do away with the practice that new employment law is...more

ESTA: New York City To Join Other Major Cities In Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Plan

Many employers have offered paid sick leave plans for their employees as part of their business practice. However, under the Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”) (the “Act”), employers in New York City (“NYC”) with 15 or more...more

New Jersey Employers May Not "Like" State's New Social Media "Privacy Settings"

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a new measure prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide login information or allow employer access to their accounts on...more

New Jersey Becomes Latest Jurisdiction to Pass Social Media Privacy Laws for Employees

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey became the latest jurisdiction to enact legislation which prohibits employers from requiring job candidates or current employees to provide their user names and passwords to personal social...more

New Jersey’s New Social Media Privacy Law: Balancing Employee Rights And Employer Protections

New Jersey has now joined the growing list of jurisdictions seeking to regulate the extent to which employers can monitor their workers’ social media presence. Currently, eleven other states – Arkansas, California, Colorado,...more

New Jersey Becomes the Twelfth State to Enact Social Media Password Protection Legislation; Recent Amendment to Illinois’ Law...

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey became the twelfth state to enact social media password protection legislation, continuing the nationwide trend towards imposing some form of restriction on employer access to the restricted,...more

New Jersey Social Media Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, New Jersey’s Governor Christopher Christie signed bill A-2878 into law. This law places New Jersey in line with the growing trend of states restricting employers’ ability to require job...more

#ThouShaltNotEvenAsk: Jersey Joins Growing Number of States that Prohibit Employers from Seeking Personal Social Media Information

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey became the ninth State this year, and the twelfth State overall, to enact legislation prohibiting employers from seeking any personal social media account information from current or prospective...more

New Nevada Employment Law Developments Affect Social Media, Overtime

There have been several notable and recent developments in Nevada employment law both through enacted legislation and advisory opinions issued by the Nevada Labor Commissioner. Specifically, the legislature has passed a law...more

Victims of Domestic Violence Now Entitled to Protected Leave in New Jersey

On July 17, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act), which provides eligible employees with unpaid time off to attend to a variety of matters related...more

Illinois Amends Social Media Law Enacted Just Last Year

On August 1, 2012, Illinois became only the second state (after Maryland) to restrict employer access to an applicant's or employee's social media account....more

Revised Sick Leave Benefits Law Takes Effect

Minnesota law previously provided that an employee receiving sick leave benefits could use that time to care for a sick child, but it did not extend to other relatives. Under the new law, an employee may use sick leave...more

Don’t “friend me”: More State Law Limitations on Accessing Employee Social Media Sites

Effective July 28, 2013, Washington became the eleventh state to have a law prohibiting employers from, among other things, asking its personnel for the user names and passwords to employee social media accounts....more

New Jersey SAFE Act Becomes Law

New Jersey grants the right to take leave from work to victims of domestic violence and their family members. On July 17, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act...more

Oklahoma’s New Workers’ Compensation Law

Up until now the idea behind workers’ compensation insurance has been that employees injured on the job can expect medical treatment and wage replacement regardless of who is to blame....more

New York City Council Passes Paid Medical Leave Effective April 2014

On June 26, 2013, New York’s City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto and adopted the “Earned Sick Time Act,” making New York City the largest municipality in the country requiring employers to provide paid...more

Burr Alert: Guns-To-Work Bill Passed In Alabama

On May 21, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation that will expand Alabama gun rights in a number of ways. Most significantly, SB286 allows employees to store firearms in their personal vehicles in...more

Not Just Age Claims Anymore? Bill Introduced in the New York City Council

Several members of the New York City Council have introduced a bill that would amend the City’s Human Rights Law to permit employees to waive a Human Rights Law claim only where the waiver is “knowing and voluntary.” Such a...more

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