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NYC Employers Should be Aware of Stringent Local Laws

New York City employers should be aware of local laws that directly affect a company’s hiring and termination practices, including a recent one that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on “caregiver status.”...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: Paid Sick Leave is coming to Morristown, NJ!

Just a reminder that if you are an employer in Morristown, the ordinance regarding providing paid sick leave to employees (including posting requirements) takes effect on January 11, 2017. Morristown is the 13th municipality...more

Criminal Background Checks: Banning the Box in Los Angeles

Los Angeles City is on its way to approve a new Ordinance prohibiting employers with 10 or more employees from including on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

Two More New Jersey Towns Pass Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

Citing the lack of paid sick time for private-sector workers and the goals of reducing health care expenditures and promoting a healthier and more productive workforce, the towns of Morristown and Plainfield, New Jersey,...more

Florida Amendment 2 Rolls at the Polls: Getting into the Weeds of Medical Marijuana

By an overwhelming 71% of voters saying “yes” to Amendment 2 on Election Day, Floridians successfully made Florida the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana....more

Seattle Becomes Second City to Pass “Secure Scheduling” Ordinance

Seattle, known for its employee-friendly ordinances, has passed a law regulating how large retailers, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops schedule and pay their hourly, non-exempt workers. ...more

San Jose Ordinance: Offer Hours to Existing Employees before Hiring New Workers

On November 8, over 63% of San Jose voters approved a first-of-its-kind ordinance that requires San Jose employers to offer additional hours of work to qualified existing employees before hiring new employees, subcontractors,...more

New York City Passes Freelancer Wage Protection Law

Hiring parties should review their current contracts with freelance workers in New York City to ensure compliance with the new bill. The New York City Council has passed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed, a bill with...more

New York State Department of Labor Proposes New Salary Basis Thresholds for Exempt Employees

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) announced proposed amendments to the state’s minimum wage orders (“Proposed Amendments”) to increase the salary basis threshold for executive and...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Counties May Enact Right To Work Laws

The term “right to work state” is fairly well known. After all, 25 of the United States are “right to work states,” states which have enacted laws prohibiting compulsory unionism as part of a collective bargaining agreement....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

9th Circuit Holds Hawaii County Ordinances Regulating Genetically-Engineered Plants and Cultivation Are Preempted

On November 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued three unanimous decisions affirming the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii’s rulings that three local county ordinances—enacted by the...more

The Minimum Wage in 2017: A Coast-to-Coast Compliance Challenge

Minimum-wage-related actions in 2016 will create challenges for employers starting in 2017. Although 2016 was not necessarily a record year for passage of state minimum wage laws in general, it did break ground concerning the...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

Businesses Everywhere Take Note: NYC Independent Contractor Law Will Have Impact Well Beyond the City

Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it likely contracts with one or more independent contractors who live or work in New York City. If your company does so, take note. On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed...more

What California’s Blue Bubble Means for Employers

While people have many questions and concerns arising from last week’s presidential election, one thing is for sure: California remains entrenched in a very deep blue bubble....more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

Dissecting New Sick Leave Laws in Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago

Last month, Cook County passed an ordinance requiring employers in the County to provide eligible employees with certain paid sick leave benefits. The ordinance largely mirrors a recent amendment to the Chicago Minimum Wage...more

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

Arizona Passes Proposition 206, Increasing the Minimum Wage and Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Hundreds of Thousands of Employees

During an election night fraught with surprises, one thing became clear: hundreds of thousands of Arizona employees will get a raise on January 1, 2017. Also, private sector employees in Arizona will have a right to accrue...more

Cities and Counties Can Regulate Billboards in Unincorporated Areas

Long-Standing Questions Addressed by California Appellate Court - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt cities and counties from regulating billboards in unincorporated areas, a California Appellate Court ruled....more

The Future of Airbnb in New York

One of the most controversial and popular topics in real estate today involves Airbnb, the online home rental service, and the concept of transient rentals. In New York City, Airbnb’s largest market in the United States, this...more

Eight Ways Your Wine Business Can Avoid, Survive Unfair-Competition Actions

California counties in winemaking regions are increasingly using the state’s Unfair Competition Act (Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and 17500) to bring government enforcement actions against local wine industry...more

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