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The Alternative-Workweek: Oasis Or Mirage?

California employers are acutely aware of the typical schedule worked by employees: eight hours a day, five days a week. As we have become accustomed to doing, California law generally requires employers to pay employees...more

UK Children and Families Act Gains Royal Assent

UK employers need to be aware of several key dates for the act’s proposed changes. On 13 March, the Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent. This act will bring a number of changes for employers and...more

If You Want Millennials to Be Your Ethics and Compliance Policy Management Ambassadors, Do This…

I’ve been working in the ethics and compliance industry for nearly four years now and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a far more complex and interesting industry than I originally thought. At The Network, we think of the parts...more

Upcoming changes to employment law

Ben Gorner, a partner in our Birmingham office, comments: In recent weeks the Government has announced a number of key changes to employment law which will be coming into force in the next few months....more

Quirky Question # 221, San Francisco Ordinance: Flexible Work Schedule

We have a part-time employee in San Francisco, CA who works Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as support for our sole salesperson in the Bay Area. She has recently requested to alter her schedule to work only 3 days a...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

14 Global Workplace Trends For 2014 (Infographic)

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

14 Global Workplace Trends for 2014

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

San Francisco Rings in the New Year With the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

Among other challenges facing San Francisco employers in 2014 will be complying with the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, which became operative on January 1, 2014. The new ordinance requires employers with...more

California Assembly Committee Rejects Flexible Workweek Bill

A bill that would have allowed California employers to offer employees a flexible workweek schedule has failed to pass the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment in a 5-2 party-line vote. The Committee rejected...more

New San Francisco Ordinance Tries for Family Friendly Workplaces

In unique legislation intended to fight the flight of families from San Francisco workplaces, the city enacted an ordinance to give qualified workers the right to request flexible working arrangements....more

San Francisco Establishes Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

The fog has cleared on the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. Starting on January 1, 2014, San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees must allow any employee who is employed within the geographic...more

San Francisco Enacts New Workplace Protection For Caregivers

The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The ordinance grants employees who act as caregivers the right to request accommodation from their employers, including flexible...more

UK Employment Law – A Year In Perspective – Changes Past and on the Horizon

2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes. This...more

Week in Review - December 19, 2013

The holiday season is a time for reflection, including reflection on our technology habits. Many individuals are aiming to be truly home for the Christmas holiday by engaging in digital detox plans and setting their...more

Should Employees be Allowed to Work from Home?

When Yahoo and Best Buy announced that employees would no longer be allowed to work from home, the response was immediate – and split. The debate was echoed in a recent Time Magazine editorial....more

New San Francisco Ordinance Requires Employers To Discuss Family Life Accommodations

Effective January 1, 2014, the San Francisco Friendly Workplace Ordinance will provide employees working within City and County limits a specified method to request flexible work schedules or other accommodations to help the...more

San Francisco Provides Employees With Flexible Work Arrangements

The Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2014, requiring employers with 20 or more employees in San Francisco to consider flexible scheduling for workers with caregiving responsibilities....more

Newly Enacted California Statutes

California has amended Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

"Comp Time" Might Be Moving Up On The Agenda

We reported in April and May about the fast-tracked "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013" passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This measure proposes to amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to permit...more

San Francisco's New Flextime Ordinance

Under the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance signed on October, 30, 2013 by Mayor Edward Lee, parents and caretakers have been afforded the right to request modified work schedules, such as a change in start...more

Zero hours contracts: Are they really such bad news?

Zero hours contracts have hardly been out of the news in recent weeks. The overwhelming majority of the media coverage has been negative, suggesting that zero hours contracts are exploitative of workers and should be...more

Managing Millennials: Do the Myths Have Validity (and a Millennial Response)

The conventional wisdom says that there are distinct challenges in managing Millennials (or Generation Y), defined as individuals between the ages of 18 and 32. The most common complaints from managers attribute a misplaced...more

12 New Laws California Employers Need To Know

California Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law numerous bills that will impact California employers. The most notable new California statutes, and one new San Francisco Ordinance, are summarized below. All...more

San Francisco Adopts Ordinance That Prohibits Caregiver Discrimination and Provides Flexible Work Arrangements for Caregivers

San Francisco recently adopted the “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance,” which prohibits caregiver discrimination and gives employees a right to request “flexible” or “predictable working arrangements” to assist employees...more

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