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Local Cannabis Regulation: Two Ballot Measures Up for Vote on March 7, 2017

This article examines the two competing ballot measures regarding cannabis regulation in the City of Los Angeles up for vote on March 7, 2017. Following is a brief summary of the current regulatory framework for cannabis in...more

Un-Brotherly Love: The Commonwealth Seeks to Preempt Philadelphia’s WageEquity Ordinance Before It Takes Effect

The ink has yet to dry on Philadelphia’s newly-passed Wage Equity Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Senate has already passed a Bill that would preempt Philadelphia’s new law....more

Local and State Developments Impact San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Obligations

Developments at the local and state level have affected what employers must do to comply with the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (“SF PPLO” or the “Ordinance”). The SF PPLO took effect on January 1, 2017 (for...more

Un-Brotherly Love: The Commonwealth Seeks to Preempt Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Ordinance Before It Takes Effect

The ink has yet to dry on Philadelphia’s newly-passed Wage Equity Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Senate has already passed a Bill that would preempt Philadelphia’s new law. The Bill is an amendment to the Commonwealth’s...more

The Continued Uncertainty of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Just days after Cook County passed its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on October 5, 2016, several Cook County suburbs began the process of opting out of the law. So far, four have successfully done so. On November 15, 2016,...more

Employers Face a Trio of Sick Leave Laws: Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois

As we previously reported, the Chicago City Council enacted a sick leave ordinance (“Chicago Ordinance”), requiring employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Following in its footsteps,...more

Transportation Demand Management Program Takes Effect in SF: How Will Your Project Comply?

On February 7th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the implementing ordinance for San Francisco’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program. Pending the Mayor’s approval, the TDM Program will...more

LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance: New Rules and Regulations

As we reported here in December, the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance is now effective. The new law, also referred to as the “Ban the Box “ ordinance, restricts employers in the City of Los...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Local Taxation of Streaming Video

On January 31, 2017, California Assembly Bill 252 was introduced by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to prohibit California cities and counties from subjecting streaming video to tax. As we have previously...more

Salary History — Time to Update Job Applications, Again

By now, employers should well know that they may not make unlawful inquiries of applicants based on protected classes (e.g., age, religion), as well as arrest history. In the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in...more

Philadelphia Mayor Signs into Law Legislation to Ban Inquiries into Wage History-Update

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signed the Wage History Ordinance into law, making Philadelphia the first major U.S. city to make it illegal for employers to inquire about a potential employee’s salary history....more

Part-Time Employees Get First Chance at Extra Hours under New San José Ordinance

Employers in San José, California, must offer additional work hours to existing qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees beginning March 13, 2017, under the Opportunity to Work Ordinance....more

Planning to attend Bottlerock 2017?

Bottlerock 2017 is fast approaching and Napa County will be flooded with thousands of people. Many of the people who attend this event will be from out of town and will be looking for a place to stay for the weekend....more

Guidance From the City of Los Angeles: New Ban the Box Regulations

Seyfarth Synopsis: The City of Los Angeles recently issued its anticipated Rules and Regulations Implementing the Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance, providing critical guidance to employers on...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals, in Olds v. City of Goose Creek, Affirms Circuit Court Order Regarding Definition of Gross Income...

In Olds v. City of Goose Creek, 2016 S.C. App. LEXIS 147, the South Carolina Court of Appeals provides a thorough discussion of the application of the South Carolina business license tax to a taxpayer’s gross income. The...more

New Orleans Mayor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Wage History Inquires

On January 25, 2017, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed Executive Order MJL17-01, which prohibits questions about salary history during the application process for persons seeking employment with the City of New Orleans....more

Background (Credit) Checks Under Attack

D.C. joins 11 other jurisdictions (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) in banning employers’ use of employees’ or applicants’ credit...more

Billboards in Unincorporated Areas of California Subject to City, County Regulations

Many of California’s roadways are littered with advertising. A question regarding oversight of roadside billboards, however, has long remained: Does the state have ultimate control or can municipalities weigh in on...more

Orlando Issues New Drone Ordinance to ‘Balance the Need to Protect the Privacy of its Citizens’

The city of Orlando, Florida recently issued a new drone ordinance aiming to “promote hobbyists and commercial use of unmanned aircraft” while “balancing the paramount need to protect the well-being, tranquility and privacy...more

Philadelphia Becomes First City to Prohibit Employers from Inquiring About Prospective Employees' Past Earnings

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law a wage equity ordinance that makes it unlawful for an employer in the city of Philadelphia to ask about the wage history of a prospective employee at any...more

Bare Amish Horses? It Depends.

Two Amish men have sued Auburn, Kentucky (population approx. 1,300) in a Kentucky state court over an ordinance requiring that horses wear equine diapers. The ordinance, passed in 2014, is intended to keep town streets clear...more

City of Los Angeles Limits Employer Inquiries Regarding Criminal History of Job Applicants

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), limiting the practice of many employers to require prospective job applicants to provide criminal...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (January Edition)

Since we published our annual article discussing minimum wage rates in 2017, many state and local jurisdictions have adjusted their minimum wage rates, state legislative sessions have begun, signatures have been collected for...more

Philadelphia Joins Trend of Jurisdictions Prohibiting Inquiries on Wage History

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Wage Equity Law (“Law”), which prohibits Philadelphia employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history, among other things. The Law will become...more

UPDATE: The City of Los Angeles Adopts "Ban the Box," Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an...more

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