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Should Your Employees Get More Sun, Surf, and Sand? A Quick Look at Unlimited Vacation Policies

The news reports that more and more companies are moving to offer unlimited vacation time. On its face, this policy change appears to be a generous offer by employers to boost employee morale and attract top talent, but there...more

New California Employment Laws for 2016

Now that the calendar has turned to 2016, this is a good time for employers in California to ensure that they are up to speed on the new laws that took effect on January 1.  Here are some of the highlights....more

Home Care Professionals Series Part 1 – NYS Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights

As most home care agencies know, the United States Department of Labor ("USDOL") eliminated the companionship exemption for home care agency workers on October 13, 2015 in its Final Rule on the Application of the FLSA to...more

Tacoma’s New Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Laws Now in Effect

As of February 1, 2016, employers with employees who work in Tacoma must comply with two new legal requirements. First, employers must pay employees who work in Tacoma a minimum wage of $10.35 per hour, rather than the state...more

Employment Law - January 2016 #2

EU Permits Employers to Monitor Private Employee Communications - Why it matters - In a favorable ruling for employers, the European Union's (EU) highest court concluded that an employee's right to privacy was not...more

Santa Monica Passes Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance

The Santa Monica City Council passed a minimum wage ordinance which becomes effective on July 1, 2016. The ordinance, which won’t be finalized until the City Council meets again this week, includes a phased increase to reach...more

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 9th, Sacramento, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

Employment Law in Austria: Part II

Maternity Leave Protection In accordance with the Maternity Protection Act of 1979 (“Maternity Protection Act”), pregnant women are prohibited from working during the last eight (8) weeks immediately prior to the presumed...more

FMLA FAQ: How Do Snow Days Affect FMLA Leave?

Q. Like many east coast employers preparing for the impending blizzard, we want to know how we calculate FMLA leave if our office is closed due to the weather. I have an employee out on FMLA. Do I count the snow day against...more

Puerto Rico's Qualifying Employees May Use Paid Sick Leave to Care for Others

Effective December 31, 2015, all employers in Puerto Rico with at least 16 employees must allow eligible employees to use up to 5 paid sick leave days to care for an ill spouse, parent, or child. Eligible employees are those...more

New Orleans ‘Living Wage’ Law Goes Into Effect

In August we reported that the City of New Orleans had passed a “Living Wage” ordinance requiring city contractors and grant recipients to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour. The new law also requires...more

East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities By Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, Spokane will join Seattle, Sea-Tac, and Tacoma as cities in Washington requiring employers to provide mandatory employee paid sick and safe leave. On Monday, January 11, 2016, Spokane’s City Council...more

State of the Union 2016 – What Will the President Focus on in his Final Year in Office?

While much of last night's State of the Union Address focused on big-picture issues, President Obama did make some specific employment-related comments during the annual speech to the country. One underlying purpose of this...more

New Brunswick Now Requires Paid Sick & Safe Leave for Employees

On December 17, 2015, the City of New Brunswick joined the growing list of municipalities in New Jersey requiring private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The new law, effective January 6, 2016, also...more

New Brunswick New Jersey’s Paid Sick & Safe Leave Law Goes Into Effect

On December 17, 2015, the City of New Brunswick passed its own paid sick leave ordinance, making it the eleventh municipality in the State of New Jersey to require paid sick leave. The ordinance becomes effective on January...more

Employer Posting Requirements Under New Jersey Law

In 2015, Elizabeth and Bloomfield joined the growing number of New Jersey municipalities mandating paid sick leave. These new laws all contain corresponding mandatory posting requirements (see below). Consequently, with the...more

If Pain, Yes Gain — Part XV: Court Rejects Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act

On December 21, 2015, Judge Joseph James of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas overturned Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), agreeing with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and several local...more

New California Family Rights Regulations Align With Existing Federal Law

As we start a new year, employers should check all of their employment practices to make sure they are compliant with current laws and regulations. One of the many changes made in 2016 were comprehensive amendments made by...more

Pa. Judge Strikes Down Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (the Court) recently struck down the hotly contested Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance — bestowing a generous holiday gift on the thousands of Pittsburgh (City) employers that...more

New Brunswick Passes Local Sick Leave Ordinance, While New Jersey Legislature Considers Statewide Paid Leave Bills

As 2015 comes to a close, paid sick leave remains a hot issue in New Jersey. The City of New Brunswick recently became the eleventh municipality in New Jersey to mandate paid sick leave, but will be the first city in the...more

New Jersey Poised to Become Latest State to Require Paid Sick Leave

On December 17, 2015, the New Jersey Senate passed legislation that would require New Jersey employers of any size to provide employees with paid sick leave. The bill was received by the Assembly on December 21, 2015, and...more

Best in Law: Dealing with Traumatized Workers

All of us in Southern California’s Inland region were touched by the tragedy that unfolded on Dec. 2 in San Bernardino. The effects of the shooting are not limited to the 14 who were killed or the 22 who were injured...more

If Pain, Yes Gain — Part XIV: Paid Sick Leave Developments Bring Holiday Chills in New Jersey

As the year winds down, New Jersey paid sick leave continues to wind up. The New Jersey Senate earlier this month approved statewide paid sick leave legislation (S785). While the bill still needs the Assembly’s...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Declared Legally Infirm

In Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association v. City of Pittsburgh, No. GD 15-016442 (Allegheny Ct. Com. Pl. Dec. 21, 2015), the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County found the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to...more

NYC To Provide Municipal Employees With Six Weeks of Paid Maternity, Paternity, Adoption And Foster-Care Leave As of January 1,...

On December 22, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will sign an Executive Order granting municipal managers and non-unionized workers up to 6 weeks of paid maternity, paternity, adoption and...more

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