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Federal Court Strikes Down Lincolnshire’s “Right to Work” Ordinance

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Village of Lincolnshire’s municipal ordinance regulating union activities was invalid under federal law. The ruling is a defeat for...more

Update on Town of Huntington’s Proposal To Ban Short-Term Rentals

At its January 10, 2017 meeting, the Town Board of the Town of Huntington held a public hearing to discuss its proposed ban on short-term rentals. Several residents testified at the public hearing in opposition to the ban,...more

Employment Flash Alert: Los Angeles 'Ban the Box' Ordinance

The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance called the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box), which will impact employers located or doing business in Los Angeles who employ more than 10...more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

The Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations

An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance makes two primary changes to the...more

Public Hearing On The Town Of Huntington’s Short-Term Rental Ban Set For Tomorrow, January 10, 2017

Last April, my colleague Anthony Guardino blogged about the Town of Southold’s local law banning “transient rental properties”, which Southold defined as dwellings that are rented out for less than fourteen nights at a time. ...more

Morristown, New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Notice and Poster Now Available

In advance of the January 11, 2017 effective date of the Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, the Town of Morristown, New Jersey just released its “Notice of Employee Rights to Paid Sick Time” (in addition to a Spanish...more

Many States Are Increasing Their Minimum Wage In 2017

As of January 1, 2017, nineteen states now have a new minimum wage in effect: Alaska: $9.80 per hour. Arizona: $10.00 per hour. Arkansas: $8.50 per hour. California: $10.50 per hour for employers with 26...more

New Year, New Rules for Employers Doing Business in New Jersey in 2017

Last year New Jersey state and local legislatures implemented several employment laws and ordinances that are set to take effect in 2017. This update summarizes these new legal requirements to help New Jersey employers...more

2017 Brings New Minimum Wage Rates to Many Bay Area Cities, Including Oakland

As of January 1, 2017, the California state minimum wage increased to $10.50 for employers with 26 or more employees. The minimum wage remains at $10.00 per hour if an employer has 25 or fewer employees. California employers...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Issues Paid Sick Leave Employee Notice

Morristown, New Jersey, has released the “Notice of Employee Rights to Paid Sick Time” for use by employers preparing for the Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance’s January 11, 2017, effective date. (For details on the...more

Why Learning How to Count to 26 Just Became Important: Recent Changes to California and Local Minimum Wage Laws

Recently California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) issued an FAQ concerning 2016 legislative changes that impact the state minimum wage in 2017 and future years. The most notable change was the creation of...more

New Developments, New Fees: Orlando Residential Developments Face Park Impact Fees

Effective March 1, 2017, Park Impact Fees will be assessed on new residential permits issued throughout the City of Orlando. The fees are as follows...more

Federal Court Paves Way for Local ‘Right to Work’ Laws

Local governments may enact “right to work” laws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, has held. United Auto Workers v. Hardin County, No. 16-5246 (Nov. 18, 2016). The Court ruled that such a law is...more

Coming Soon to Philadelphia: No More Questioning Applicants’ Wage History

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed Bill No. 160840, a wage equity ordinance (the “Ordinance”), that will amend Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance to prohibit employers or employment agencies from inquiring...more

Washington, D.C. Council Passes Extensive Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

The Washington, D.C. Council recently passed the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (UPLA), one of the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave proposals to date. The bill will become law upon signature or inaction...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC37979 - Meadowbrook Center, Inc. v. Buchman - Nursing home sued son/guarantor of patient and obtained a judgment for $45,000. The guarantee agreement allowed the nursing home to seek attorney fees. The son appealed...more

Ohio Means Business: New Law Prohibits Cities and Counties From Enacting Paid Sick Leave, Predictive Scheduling, and Minimum Wage...

Imagine you operate multiple business locations in Columbus, Ohio where 3 counties comprise the city proper and as many as 11 counties comprise the larger Columbus Metropolitan Area. Now imagine that each of those counties...more

2016: They Say all Politics is Local: Now Employment Law is Too

The end of 2016 is a good time to review and consider a subtle shift in employment law which appears to be gaining momentum. The shift, which may be imperceptible at first, could prove to have lasting impact on employers,...more

Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative Restricts Criminal History Inquiries By Employers Effective January 22, 2017

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance, a "ban the box" law that significantly restricts employers when conducting a criminal background check or taking adverse employment...more

Santa Monica Employers Ring in the New Year With Paid Sick Leave

In January of 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance that would both raise the city’s minimum wage and impose paid sick leave requirements—in addition to those imposed by the state’s paid sick leave...more

Mind The (Pay) Gap: Philadelphia Employers Soon Will Be Prohibited From Inquiring About Wage History During Hiring Process

Philadelphia will soon be the first city in the United States to have a law prohibiting employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s wage history at any point during the hiring process. Philadelphia Bill No....more

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rules Federal Law Preempts Local Airport Regulations

“Noise policy must be carried out at the national level.” So says the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in overruling the Town of East Hampton’s attempt to locally control airport noise. The Second...more

New York State Minimum Wage Rate and Exemption Salary Thresholds Set to Increase

Since a Texas federal judge blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule from taking effect in November, human resource managers, payroll professionals and employment attorneys (including over here at Employment...more

Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Wage History Inquiries

On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a citywide wage equity ordinance that, once signed, will prohibit employers from inquiring into applicants’ wage histories. Mayor Jim Kenny has already...more

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