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New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco

San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The measure will make an...more

City of Los Angeles Updates Paid Sick Leave Rules and FAQs

On March 14, 2017, with little to no fanfare, the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards (OWS) revised its rules implementing the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), which includes mandatory paid sick leave requirements. OWS...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...more

"Roll Out the Barrels" and the "Brunch Bill": Proposed North Carolina Legislation of Interest to the Alcohol Industry and...

There are two bills pending in the North Carolina General Assembly this legislative session that may impact North Carolina breweries, distilleries, retailers, and consumers...more

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Proposed Rules - Public Comments Due by March 28, 2017

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (“OLS”) has released proposed rules implementing the Secure Scheduling Ordinance. The Ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017 and requires large retail and food service employers in...more

Chicago Proposes Pharma Rep Licensing Rules and Ethical Standards

The City of Chicago Commissioner of Public Health on Friday, March 17, published proposed Rules to implement the highly-publicized pharmaceutical representative licensing ordinance enacted in November 2016....more

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing...more

Safety Issue Can Be “Hardship” Justifying A Zoning Variance

The Massachusetts standard for granting a zoning variance is notoriously difficult to meet. In a nutshell it requires proof that: (1) due to circumstances concerning soil conditions, the shape of the lot, or the topography...more

First Dibs: New Ordinance Requires San Jose Employers to Offer Additional Hours “In-House” to Qualified Part-Time Employees before...

For anyone who missed it, on Monday, March 14th the “Opportunity to Work Ordinance” (the “Ordinance”) went into effect in San Jose. The Ordinance, which was approved by voters on November 8, 2016, requires employers to offer...more

Will Austin Come Crawling Back To Uber And Lyft?

The sharing economy has become so entrenched in our vocabulary and culture, it’s hard to remember when exactly the romance began. For Uber, the story started on a “snowy Paris evening in 2008” when two tech dudes had trouble...more

D.C. Universal Paid Family Leave Bill Submitted To Congress, But Changes Are Still Possible

The D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) has been submitted to Congress for a 30-legislative-day period of review. Presuming that the Act does not get overturned by Congress and the President, it is...more

Employer Discretion Advised: The Latest on San Francisco’s Cutting-Edge Parental Leave Ordinance

San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) became effective on January 1, 2017, for employers with 50 or more employees. Effective July 1, 2017, the PPLO also applies to employers with 35 or more employees and, on...more

Preserving Constitutional Issues: Three States, Three Cases, One Hard Lesson

Late last year, three states illustrated an important point about preserving constitutional law issues for appeal: always be on the lookout for constitutional law issues at the beginning of the case. ...more

Minnesota Bill to Preempt Local Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances Advances in Legislature

As expected, the Uniform State Labor Standards Act (H.F. No. 600)—a Minnesota bill to preempt local employment law ordinances, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul safe and sick leave ordinances—passed in the state House of...more

Development Process Committee Agenda Released

FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - DEVELOPMENT PROCESS COMMITTEE MEETING - March 28, 2017 – 10:00am – Government Center Conference Room 11...more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Artists’ Studios in East Hampton: “Cease and Desist”

East Hampton Town restricts the size of accessory structures to 600 s.f. (each) with no plumbing. However, because of a long history of artists in the Town (e.g., Pollock, Willem and Elaine DeKooning), an Artist’s Studio is...more

New York’s Paid Family Leave Proposed Regulations: A Primer for Employers

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board unveiled proposed regulations concerning the state’s new Paid Family Leave (PFL) law. The PFL law was passed as part of the 2016 state budget and will...more

New Year, New Ban-The-Box Laws

2017 is shaping up to be a year of continued growth for ban-the-box laws nationwide. It’s time for employers to get creative and develop strategies for hiring outside “the box. ”Ban-the-box laws are aimed at delaying the...more

Here’s an Update: Opportunity (to Work) Knocks in San Jose

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 13, 2017, San Jose’s new “Opportunity to Work Ordinance” takes effect, requiring covered employers to offer additional hours to part-time employees before hiring new or temporary employees. As the...more

Flurry Of Pay Equity Activity Forces Employers To Roll With The Punches

Pay equity issues have already dealt a one-two punch to employers early in 2017: first a lawsuit brought against an automotive giant, and then a million-dollar settlement between another employer and a group of its workers....more

The St. Louis Minimum Wage: City’s Press Release Raises More Questions Than it Answers

In our recent blog post, “The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead,” we reviewed the implications of the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401) decision, which...more

New York City Council Committee Pursues Predictive Scheduling and Other Labor Bills

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor considered a package of six bills that could significantly affect the scheduling of fast food and other employees. These measures seek...more

Sky Signs, Colossal Murals and Billboards, Oh My

Two recent New York cases brought to mind the well-known poem about trees. No, not the one written by Joyce Kilmer. The other one, written by Ogden Nash. Who can ever forget those immortal words. “I think that I shall never...more

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