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Jersey City Enacts Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has signed into law a wage theft prevention ordinance that gives the City the power to deny or suspend an employer’s Jersey City-issued business license if the employer is found liable of...more

Q&A: Los Angeles’ Hotel Minimum Wage

Q. What is the legal status of Los Angeles’ hotel minimum wage ordinance? A. The associations that sought to obtain a preliminary injunction, The American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel...more

Looming Pay Hikes, Unions and Enforcement: A Primer on LA’s Increased Minimum Hotel Wage

Major metropolitan areas throughout the country have planned minimum wage increases to be implemented over the next few years. On June 3, 2015, Los Angeles joined a growing list of cities that includes San Francisco, Oakland,...more

California Department of Water Resources Adopts Update to the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

Cities and Counties Will be Required to Update their Existing Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances or Otherwise be Subject to the New Model Ordinance - An updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that...more

New York City Employers Prohibited from Requesting Criminal History Information before Making a Conditional Offer

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the “Fair Chance Act” (Int. 318-A), known as “ban-the-box” legislation, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees on the basis of...more

Changes to the S.F. Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances

As our loyal CalPecs blog readers know, in November 2014, San Francisco passed two ordinances—“Hours and Retention Protections for Formula Retail Employees” and “Fair Scheduling and Treatment of Formula Retail...more

New Amendment to California Sick-Leave Law Takes Effect

On July 13, 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 304 – an amendment to California’s recently effective (as of July 1, 2015), statewide sick-leave law, known as the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of...more

Quest for “Living Wage” Results in Minimum Wage Increases in Kansas City, Missouri

After months of heated debate, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Council voted to incrementally increase the minimum wage in Kansas City, Missouri over time from the current state-mandated $7.65 per hour to $13.00 per hour in...more

San Francisco’s First “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights” Creates More Obligations for Retail Employers

As of July 3, 2015, retail employers in San Francisco are required to comply with new regulations regarding the work hours, scheduling, pay and retention of their employees based on the passage of San Francisco’s first-ever...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Los Angeles County supervisors to ban large wind turbines in unincorporated areas - Los Angeles Daily News - Jul 14: After hearing pleas from more than a dozen Antelope Valley residents, the Los...more

Reining in Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rentals

Municipalities from New York to San Francisco are cracking down on the vacation-rental industry. Each city has approached the situation in a wildly different manner, but one factor remains the same: Restrictions on these...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Privacy Rights for Los Angeles Hotel Operators

In a win for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a City of Los Angeles municipal ordinance permitting warrantless police searches of hotel registries is unconstitutional. The subject ordinance (Los Angeles...more

"City of Chicago Expands Tax Reach to Internet Services"

On June 9, 2015, the city of Chicago released two rulings that significantly expand the city’s 9 percent gross receipt tax to charges for cloud computing and other services delivered over the Internet. The first ruling (City...more

City of Chicago Increases Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Chicago increased the minimum wage within its city limits to $10.00 per hour worked for non-tipped employees and to $5.45 per hour worked for tipped employees. The previous minimum wage...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Los Angeles Law Authorizing Warrantless Searches of Hotel Records

In City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the Supreme Court invalidated a Los Angeles law that allowed law enforcement officials to inspect hotel and motel guest registries at any time, without a warrant or administrative subpoena....more

The Newest Sign for Some Sign Ordinances: Stop

Sign ordinances and regulations are a fixture of city and county zoning and land use regulations, designed to prevent unattractive clutter from obstructing the public view. In creating these regulations, however, local...more

Supreme Court Decides Two First Amendment Cases

Two recent Supreme Court decisions provide timely guidance on the First Amendment implications of publicly displaying the Confederate Flag or other symbols or signage related to protected beliefs. First, in Walker v. Sons of...more

California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance As Valid Land Use Restriction

In a unanimous decision that included two concurrences, the California Supreme Court upheld San Jose's inclusionary housing ordinance against a facial challenge that alleged an unconstitutional taking of the developer's...more

Arizona Town's Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Local agencies urged to review sign codes in favor of content-neutral rules - The United States Supreme Court recently struck down portions of an Arizona town’s sign code that subjected ideological, political and...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ordinance Regulating Directional Signs

In the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the United States Supreme Court recently issued a significant decision regarding municipal sign regulation The Town of Gilbert regulated signage differently based on the content of the...more

From Stanley Cup to Ante Up: Minimum Wage Increase Sweeps Chicagoland

Starting July 1, 2015, the minimum wage in the City of Chicago is $10 per hour. The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that also increases the city’s minimum wage in successive increments through July 1, 2019. By...more

New Wage And Hour Laws Go Into Effect On July 1

Before you fire up the grill to celebrate Independence Day, this is a reminder that a number of important laws passed by local and state governments around the country become effective July 1. The Fast Laner previously...more

Maui GMO Ban Overturned; Federal Court Remains Consistent on Preemption Analysis

This week, the federal district court in Hawaii struck down a Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms (GE plants, or GMOs). This decision is the third of three challenges...more

Oregon Enacts State-Wide Paid Employee Sick Leave Which (Mostly) Replaces Local Ordinances in Portland and Eugene

Governor Kate Brown signed into law the new Oregon Paid Sick Leave (“OPSL”) law enacted by the Legislature on June 12. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2016. Oregon is the fourth state to enact a state-wide paid sick...more

Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Goes Into Effect July 2015

On July 1, 2015, Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance goes into effect for all covered employers and employees. The Ordinance, which will raise the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019, was passed on December...more

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