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New Santa Monica Ordinance Provides For Paid Sick Leave and Increased Minimum Wages

Santa Monica will become the first city in Southern California and the fourth in the state to enact a municipal paid sick leave law. The city’s Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinance will take effect in two phases. The...more

What Do the Obama Administration’s Overtime Regulations Mean for California Employers?

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-anticipated revisions to the federal overtime regulations governing the so-called white-collar exemptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

2016 Oregon Legislative Update: What You Might Have Missed

Oregon’s new minimum wage law, signed by Governor Brown on March 2, 2016, received a lot of press during the 2016 legislative session. This new law establishes a tiered system for determination of the minimum wage based on...more

Understanding New York's New Paid Family Leave Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo executed sweeping legislation on April 4, 2016, that will gradually raise the minimum wage in New York to $15 an hour and provide a phased-in system of paid family leave benefits providing...more

Key Legislation Emerging from the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session and Local Ordinances to Remember

Maryland's 2016 General Assembly session has now adjourned. Maryland employers should be aware of the following new laws resulting from this legislative term:  (1) Equal Pay for Equal Work; (2) Equal Pay Commission; (3)...more

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees in the Garden State, but New Jersey Senate Committee Advances Bill for $15 Minimum Wage

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Jersey Senate Committee proposes a $15 minimum wage by 2021, with automatic future increases tied to the CPI. Earlier this week, the New Jersey Senate Committee voted 3-1 to advance Senate Bill 15...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

California Legislative Update: What State Law Changes Should Employers Anticipate?

California lawmakers have proposed a number of employment and labor law bills during the current legislative session. Most significantly, Senate Bill 3, the bill to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022,...more

California Legislative Update

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

The 2016 LIIC Top Ten: The annual survey of lodging investment trends and challenges

(Denver, CO) For well over a decade, the members of the hotel industry’s preeminent think tank, “LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council,” are annually surveyed to develop a list of the major hotel investment...more

Venezuela Anuncia Aumento del Salario Mínimo y del “Cestaticket Socialista”

El Presidente Nicolás Maduro anunció, nuevamente, un aumento del treinta por ciento (30%) sobre el salario mínimo mensual para los trabajadores y un aumento en la base de cálculo del "Cestaticket Socialista" a tres y media...more

Starting July 1, 2016, Employees in Los Angeles Get Three Additional Days of Paid Sick Leave and $10.50 Per Hour

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed ordinance that would permit Los Angeles workers to earn at least six paid sick leave days annually. That is double the mandatory...more

The Ripple Effect of New York State's Minimum Wage Increase - Part II: The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry in New York State, already facing potentially significant increases in labor costs due to upcoming increases in the minimum wage, will need to adjust policies and practices in anticipation of the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2016 #2

Last week, the EEOC continued its efforts to include sexual orientation and gender identity as forms of prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. The agency obtained a $140,000 settlement from a technology company that...more

U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

On May 2, 2016, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the legal challenge to the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance’s impact on Seattle franchisees (IFA v. Seattle–denial of cert). We have blogged about Seattle’s Minimum Wage...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On April 29, 2016, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a 30% increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective May 1, 2016. President Maduro also announced an increase in the meal benefit, which will now be three and...more

Fast-Track Compliance

Compliance: employment lawyers love it, business leaders sometimes see it as a roadblock to innovation, and human resources professionals know how difficult it is to achieve and maintain. Laws change constantly, and now that...more

Are you on the right path with interns?

Scott Morrison’s first Federal Budget announced the creation of the ‘Youth Jobs PaTH’ (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program – a program designed to encourage up to 120,000 unemployed youth into the workforce through skills training...more

Onward and Upward – California’s Minimum Wage And Paid Family Leave Benefits Set To Increase Substantially Over The Next Few Years

April 2016 has proven fruitful for California employees. Last month, Governor Brown approved a series of gradual increases raising the statewide minimum wage rate in California to at least $15.00 by 2022. A week later the...more

But Will You Work for Free? The Difficulty in Using Unpaid Interns

The sun is starting to peak from behind gray clouds, and we all know what that means: summer is almost upon us! School is out, time for beach trips, barbeques, fireworks…and unpaid internships. With droves of undergraduate...more

New FLSA Overtime Exemption Rules Expected Imminently

Seyfarth Synopsis: As early as next week, the Department of Labor is expected to issue its final rule implementing revisions to the regulations governing the application of the FLSA’s “white collar” exemptions from overtime...more

TIME OFF: LA Hotel Worker Ordinance is About More Than Just Wages

As has been widely publicized within the hospitality industry, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (Ordinance) in September 2014. The Ordinance required hotels with at least...more

In Rush to Comply With Minimum Wage Ordinance, Remember Your Vendors

As Los Angeles hotel operators brace for a minimum wage hike, those that fail to account for third party vendors will be in for a rude awakening. In September 2014, the Los Angeles City Council approved a minimum wage hike...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — May 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The May edition of the Insider Report discusses recent agency...more

New Jersey Legislative Update, Part II: What’s in the Works for New Jersey Employers?

A Higher Minimum Wage in Certain Counties - On March 14, 2016, a bill (A3471) was introduced that would require all employers in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer, and Middlesex counties to pay their employees at least...more

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