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New Seattle Ordinance Restricts Scheduling Practices

Many of us are familiar with the lyrics of Dolly Parton: “Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’…” A predictable work schedule, however, is not so universal in the retail and food services businesses. For many employers...more

Montgomery County, Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law to Take Effect October 1

Effective October 1, 2016, employers in Montgomery County, Maryland will be required to comply with the county’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law, which allows eligible employees to accrue up to 56 hours of paid leave per...more

Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and Smart Growth Zoning

Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted and Gov. Baker signed into law several important changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act, General Laws chapter 40A, and the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act,...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective 2017

Morristown, New Jersey, Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty has signed an Executive Order (No. 16-01) delaying the effective date of Morristown’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, O-35-2016, from “upon passage and publication” to January 11,...more

Third Circuit Deals Blow to Jersey City Ordinance Requiring PLAs on Privately Funded Projects in Exchange for Tax Abatements

Jersey City’s Municipal Code offers real estate developers generous tax exemptions that are designed to spur the City’s economic growth, but the tax incentives have strings attached. Specifically, to receive a tax exemption,...more

Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance With Sweeping Implications for Employers in the Food Service and Retail...

On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a “Secure Scheduling Ordinance,” set to take effect in July 2017, that will place substantial limitations on covered employers’ ability to flexibly schedule workers....more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXII: Morristown No. 13 in New Jersey to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following the path of 12 other New Jersey municipalities, on September 13, 2016, the Morristown, NJ, Town Council passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance (the “Morristown Ordinance”). The ordinance...more

Seattle to Impose Work Scheduling Restrictions on Large Retail and Food Services Employers

On September 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to approve a new legislation that would regulate how large retail and food-service businesses schedule their employees. Known as the “secure scheduling” law,...more

New Laws Provide Clarification for Medical Marijuana Patients, Caregivers and Provisioning Centers

On September 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed a three-bill package to clarify the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law adopted in 2008. House Bills 4209, 4210, and 4827 authorize cities, townships and villages to...more

Seattle Retail and Food Services Employers Beware: New City Ordinance Restricts Scheduling Practices

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a bill on September 19, 2016, enacting secure scheduling regulations for large employers in the retail and fast food businesses. Seattle is the second city, after San Francisco, to...more

Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Law

In keeping with its goal of pioneering workers’ rights, Seattle’s City Council passed its controversial Secure Scheduling Ordinance on September 19, 2016, which will require certain retail and food establishments to provide...more

Attention Seattle Food Service and Retail Employers: City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second city in the nation (after San Francisco) to pass a “Secure Scheduling Ordinance” with broad implications for the food service and retail industries within Seattle’s city...more

San Francisco First U.S. City to Require Fully Paid Parental Leave

On January 1, 2017, the City of San Francisco’s paid parental leave ordinance becomes effective for employers with 50 or more employees. These employers will be required to pay the difference between a new parent’s weekly...more

Morristown Employers Must Soon Offer Paid Sick Time to Employees

Earlier this month, Morristown joined the growing number of New Jersey cities that require employers to provide paid sick time to their employees. Effective October 4, 2016, the new ordinance (“Ordinance”) requires that...more

NYC Mayor to Introduce Fast Food Worker Scheduling Bill: M&R Blog

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, plans to introduce a law that would force fast food restaurants to schedule shifts in advance. The legislation, which Mr. de Blasio intends to draft with the City Council, is expected...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued two opinions in September affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing legislative privilege from document requests, and applying a local government tax exemption...more

Paid Sick Leave Comes To Morristown

Town Joins Ever-Growing List Of New Jersey Municipalities Requiring Paid Leave - On September 13, 2016, the Morristown Town Council passed Ordinance No. 35-2016, which will soon require all private employers in...more

Seattle’s New Secure Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance (Ordinance) on September 19, 2016. The Ordinance imposes new requirements on certain employers in the retail and food services industries for their...more

San Francisco Amends Paid Parental Leave Law to Adapt to State Law Changes and to Clarify Requirements

On September 14, 2016, San Francisco amended its Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO).  The law will go into effect on January 1, 2017 for employers with 50 or more employees.  The law requires private employers to provide...more

Seattle City Council Approves Secure Scheduling Ordinance

As widely anticipated, on September 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SSO), CB 118765, by a unanimous vote. The SSO mandates that large retail and food service employers provide two...more

BIG BROTHER: Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance Will Be Watching Employers’ Every Move

On September 19, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a secure scheduling ordinance that will regulate how large retail stores and food-service employers schedule workers working in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray is expected...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Private-sector employees who work at least 80 hours during a calendar year in Morristown, New Jersey, will be entitled to paid sick leave under Ordinance No. 35-2016, passed by the Morristown Town Council on September 13,...more

Mind the Gap: Establishing Need/Gap in Coverage [Audio]

Tune in to Episode 2 of this (free!) podcast series – a must-listen for wireless siting professionals who want to establish best practices for getting their wireless sites approved. Join attorneys Leslie Moylan and Dan Reing...more

Morristown Becomes New Jersey’s 13th Municipality to Enact a Paid Sick Time Law

On September 14, 2016, Morristown, New Jersey became New Jersey’s 13th municipality to require private employers to provide paid sick time to employees.  The Morristown ordinance takes effect on October 4, 2016, leaving...more

Alert: Seattle City Council to Vote 09/19/16 on Employee Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 on a highly controversial ordinance that would impose numerous and complex employee scheduling restrictions on certain Seattle businesses. Called the “Secure...more

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