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City of Seattle Proposes New Ordinance Regulating Employee Scheduling | World of Employment

Seattle restaurants and retail employers may soon face significant restrictions on employee scheduling. The Seattle City Council is currently considering a proposed ordinance with the potential to impact hundreds of...more

Caught at the Red Light: Challenge to Ordinance Granting On-Demand Drivers the Right to Bargain Collectively is Brought to a...

By: Alison Loomis, Esq. Seyfarth Synopsis: A challenge to Seattle’s first-of-its-kind ordinance, which established the right for on-demand drivers to collectively bargain, was dismissed by a Washington federal court on the...more

Implementing Ordinance Clarifies San Diego's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

On August 3, 2016, the San Diego City Council approved the Implementing Ordinance for San Diego's Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, which went into effect on July 11, 2016. The Implementing Ordinance designates an...more

Texas SWDA Preempts Plastic Bags-Related Ordinance

On August 17, 2016, the Fourth District Court of Appeals sitting in San Antonio held, in a 2 to 1 decision, that a City of Plastic bagsLaredo ordinance prohibiting the distribution of “single use” plastic bags at check-out...more

Drone on Drones: NLC Releases “Cities and Drones” Report and Draft Ordinance

The National League of Cities released a municipal guide designed to serve as a primer on drones for local officials. Published this week, Cities and Drones provides insight into the FAA’s recently released rules on drone...more

Seattle Mayor’s Office Proposes Predictable Scheduling Law

The Seattle Mayor’s Office has proposed a Secure Scheduling Proposal that would require certain large employers operating within Seattle city limits to give their hourly workers advance notice of their schedules and to pay...more

San Diego Implementing Ordinance Ameliorates Its Paid Sick Leave Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: We’ve regularly reported on California’s peculiar paid sick leave laws. Not counting industry-specific paid sick laws (e.g., the Long Beach and Los Angeles ordinances regulating hotel employers), there are...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016

Court of Appeal Holds EIR Inadequately Analyzed Energy Impacts - Ukiah Citizens for Safety First v. City of Ukiah et al. (248 Cal.App.4th 256) (partially published) - Why It Matters: The California Court of Appeal...more

Wage Wars – Philadelphia’s Wage Theft Ordinance Goes Into Effect

On July 1, 2016, the City of Philadelphia’s new Wage Theft Ordinance went into effect. In substance, the Ordinance provides employees who fall within the scope of the Ordinance another means for seeking to recover unpaid...more

San Diego Sick Leave Amendments: Cure for or Cause of Employer Ills?

San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance has been amended less than two months after its July 11, 2016 effective date. The amendments, instituted via the oddly-titled “Implementing Ordinance,” plug gaps the...more

Paid Sick Leave

While the trend toward state and local governments offering paid sick time may keep workplaces healthier and give workers reason to be glad, it presents new challenges for the business owners, managers and HR professionals...more

Chicago Joins Growing Trend in Requiring Paid Sick Leave

The City of Chicago joined an emerging national trend when it unanimously passed an ordinance that requires employers to provide workers with paid sick days. The change will go into effect on July 1, 2017, and expands...more

Chicago Passes New Sick Leave Law

The Chicago City Council recently passed the Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance which allows workers in Chicago to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. The ordinance, which takes effect July 1, 2017, applies to...more

Enacting and Enforcing Local Ordinances to Prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Up in Smoke?

California’s cities and counties have a long and growing track record successfully defending challenges to their land use authority filed on behalf of medical marijuana dispensaries. These successes are largely a product of...more

Alameda Fracking Ban: All Bark with No Bite

On July 19, 2016, Alameda County, California (“County”) became the first county in the Bay Area to approve a ban on hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”). The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban through...more

How Can My Property Comply With All These New Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Laws?

In order to ensure compliance with the California Paid Sick Leave Law (CA Sick Leave), Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (City Ordinance), Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance (County Ordinance) and Los Angeles Citywide...more

Employers' Guide to Los Angeles' Sick Leave & Minimum Wage Ordinance

Most Los Angeles employers know the City Council implemented a new sick leave ordinance for employees working within the City of L.A. on June 2016. However, as the Sick Time Benefits section was added to an existing...more

Did You Know... Local California Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law Updates are In Effect as of July 1

Employers doing business in California have long known to expect the state legislature to impose higher employee protections and benefits than Congress. Well, more and more local governments – among them California’s most...more

Unfair Competition in the Wine Industry

California counties are increasingly using California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) to bring government enforcement actions against local businesses for myriad reasons. California’s UCL is extremely broad, encompassing...more

Cleveland Law Allows Transgender Employees to Use Restroom Associated With Gender Identity

Companies in Cleveland, Ohio, now must permit transgender employees and patrons to use the bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, and dressing facilities associated with the individual’s gender identity or...more

San Diego City Council Amends Local Sick Pay Law

On July 26, the San Diego City Council ratified a minimum wage and sick pay ordinance approved by voters on June 7. Effective as of July 11, the ordinance imposes a citywide minimum wage rate and also obligates businesses to...more

City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The...more

New Orleans Adopts Legislation Prohibiting City Contractors From Conducting Employment-Related Credit Checks

The New Orleans City Council recently approved legislation making it unlawful for city contractors to seek or use the consumer credit history of a current or prospective employee for any decision regarding the hiring or...more

Labor Alert: New LA ordinance requires 48 hours of paid sick leave per year for all employees

Los Angeles area employers are now required by law to provide their employees with even more paid sick time off. On June 2, 2016 the City of Los Angeles passed a new ordinance (Ordinance No. 184320) (the “Ordinance”)...more

Chicago Minimum Wage Increased Again On July 1, 2016, And Updated Notice Must Be Given To Employees

As previously reported in The Fast Laner, the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance incrementally increases each on July 1 of each year until it reaches $13.00 per hour in 2019. Therefore, as a reminder, effective July 1, 2016,...more

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