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Spoiler Alert: LA Hotel Ordinance Is Here to Stay

There’s a new twist in the ongoing soap-opera like saga surrounding the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Hotel Associations that opposed the Ordinance have now dropped their two-year law suit to...more

Trump, Clinton Talk Workplace Law At First Debate

The topic of labor and employment law made an early appearance at last night’s presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Although typically not a needle-moving...more

DOL Announces 2017 Minimum Wages For Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that covered federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay workers an hourly minimum wage of $10.20 an hour beginning January 1, 2017. The minimum cash wage...more

British Columbia increases minimum wage September 15, 2016

On May 4, 2016 the government of British Columbia announced its intention to raise minimum wage in the province.  Implemented over two years, this change will see minimum wage increase to an estimated $11.25 by September...more

Increase to the Alberta Minimum Wage

Alberta employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in Alberta will be increased on October 1, 2016 to $12.20 per hour, up from $11.20 per hour. Additionally, the current liquor server rate will be eliminated...more

Employers’ Guide To The 1st Presidential Debate

Seyfarth Synopsis: For a multitude of reasons, the stakes are exceedingly high for employers in the upcoming Presidential election. Legal compliance strategies and effective control of workplace litigation risks inevitably...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #4

Last week, 21 states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules. Within hours, another suit was filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business groups. The lawsuits contend that the Department...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Notice of Minimum Wage Rate Change for Contractors - The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing that beginning January 1, 2017, the Executive Order...more

Department of Labor Issues Notice of 2017 Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published a notice of the minimum wage rate to be paid, beginning January 1, 2017, to workers performing on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive...more

2017 "Contractor Minimum Wage" Rate Released

The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2017 wage-rate floor required by President Obama's "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors" Executive Order 13658. The Order was implemented through regulations appearing at 29...more

Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers

Effective October 1, 2016, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $11.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour. This is the first step in the Provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Alberta to $15.00 per hour by...more

The Economy – Two Differing Ways to Grow the Economy and Create Shared Prosperity

Outside of their widely divergent tax plans, Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump emphasize similar issues when discussing their priorities for economic development, including denunciation of Wall Street and the need for more...more

Government Attacks on Non-Compete Agreements Continue

Non-compete agreements have long been used by employers as an effective tool to protect their valuable trade secrets and confidential information. However, employers’ overuse of non-compete agreements and employers’ practice...more

BC Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

British Columbia employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased on September 15, 2016 to $10.85 per hour, up from $10.45 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.60...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXI: Saint Paul Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 7, 2016 the Saint Paul, MN city council unanimously passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance — following the lead of Minneapolis, which passed a similar ordinance in May — becoming the...more

San Diego Issues Required Postings, Acknowledgement Form under Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

The City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on July 11, 2016. Beginning October 1, 2016, employers must post two new notices in the workplace and give employees and new hires a notice...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

New White Collar Exemption Salary Level May Result in Decreased Base Pay

Employers faced with more than doubling the minimum salary paid to employees to maintain their overtime exempt status basically have two choices. First, they can increase the employees’ salaries to the new minimum. Second,...more

New Illinois law prohibits non-competition agreements with low-wage employees

In a rare move, the Illinois legislature has enacted new legislation establishing a clear rule invalidating non-compete agreements for certain employees. Effective January 1, 2017, employers are prohibited from entering into...more

New Illinois Law Restricts Use of Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, prohibiting private sector employers from requiring their “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act takes effect on January 1,...more

“Takin’ Care of Business” at Home: Hiring California Household Help

Seyfarth Synopsis: Have you pondered the implications of hiring help around the house? Here are some legal requirements regarding employment of domestic helpers. Household workers or “domestic helpers” are people who...more

Philadelphia Wage Theft Ordinance

Employers with employees who work in Philadelphia must now comply with yet another local employment law. Earlier this year, as you might recall, Philadelphia enacted an ordinance restricting employers’ use of credit...more

Illinois Limits Non-Compete Agreements Yet Again

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”), with an effective date of January 1, 2017. The Act, while short and to the point, will have a significant...more

Labor and Employment Tips

Here are 10 employment tips to prevent your start-up from losing ground before it gets started: - Make sure you understand the differences between employees and independent contractors and follow all legal requirements...more

Agencies Publish Strict New Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). Also...more

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