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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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

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

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