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Two More New Jersey Towns Pass Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

Citing the lack of paid sick time for private-sector workers and the goals of reducing health care expenditures and promoting a healthier and more productive workforce, the towns of Morristown and Plainfield, New Jersey,...more

Arizona Now Requires Paid Time Off and a Higher Minimum Wage

Arizona voters recently passed AZ Prop 206 – the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act – by a significant margin. Prop 206 increases the minimum wage in Arizona to: - $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2017 - $10.50 per hour on...more

Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

California Divide: What California Employers Can Expect In 2017

As California goes, so goes the nation. When it comes to employment law, the Golden State is continuing down a path of increased regulation. With 2017 right around the corner, here are some new laws California employers must...more

Employer Alert: Key 2017 California Employment Law Updates Part II

Recent federal, state, and municipal employment law developments will have a significant impact on employers in 2017. Employers must update their employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements,...more

Government announces proposed statutory maternity pay and sick pay rates for 2017 to 2018

The government has published the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2017 to 2018. It reviews the rates every year to reflect the changes to the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI increased by 1% in the year 2015 to 2016,...more

Arizona's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Law

11/29/2016 On November 8, 2016, the voters in Arizona passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206. The paid sick time component of the law will go into effect July 1, 2017, while...more

What Employers Need to Know NOW About Washington State’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Elections matter for employers in Washington. Although the November election results have not yet been certified, Washington voters appear to have passed Initiative 1433, the ballot measure requiring paid sick leave and...more

Employment-Related Election Results

On Election Day, November 8, employment-related initiatives were voted on and passed by voters in a number of states. Minimum Wage - Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington approved ballot measures to...more

Predicting the Unpredictable - Labor and Employment Law Under President-Elect Trump

It’s been almost two weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, and information has been starting to emerge about his potential administration and policies. This week, HR Legalist examines some of the potential...more

Election Day 2016: New State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Although much of the public’s attention since the Presidential election has been focused on the potential changes that may take place under the Trump administration, for employers there were many other important issues on...more

DOL Issues New Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Beginning January 1, 2017, federal contractors and subcontractors may have to start providing up to 56 hours - the equivalent of seven working days - of paid sick leave per year to their employees who are working on federal...more

2016 Election Infected With Paid Sick Leave — Part II

Seyfarth Synopsis: As expected, on November 8, 2016, residents in Washington and Arizona voted on and passed the nation’s sixth and seventh statewide mandatory paid sick leave laws. The 2016 election will go down as one...more

Does Paid Leave Become Reality in a Trump Administration? And Who is His Likely Choice to Head the Department of Labor?

Every other employment attorney has been offering their opinion on how the election of Donald Trump will impact employment law. So, I’d feel left out of this riveting discussion if I didn’t offer my two cents about how a...more

What California’s Blue Bubble Means for Employers

While people have many questions and concerns arising from last week’s presidential election, one thing is for sure: California remains entrenched in a very deep blue bubble....more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

Court of Appeal Gives California Employers a Break – but Not a Full Vacation – from PTO Reporting Requirements

Your employees may spend their time daydreaming about how to spend the vacation hours they accumulate each pay period – and in California, they are entitled to be paid out upon termination for any accrued, unused vacation...more

Dissecting New Sick Leave Laws in Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago

Last month, Cook County passed an ordinance requiring employers in the County to provide eligible employees with certain paid sick leave benefits. The ordinance largely mirrors a recent amendment to the Chicago Minimum Wage...more

Sick of Wondering: Guidance on Sick Pay for Commissioned Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Office of the California Labor Commissioner (aka the DLSE) recently issued an opinion letter explaining how employers should calculate sick pay for commissioned employees. Somewhat surprisingly, the...more

Washington’s New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Become Law With Fast-Approaching Effective Dates

With all of the votes counted, Initiative 1433, which will raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave throughout Washington, has passed by a fairly wide margin. The first substantial increase in the minimum wage...more

Arizona’s Proposition 206 Addressing Paid Sick Leave Was Approved by Voters

Tuesday evening, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206 by a wide margin. My colleague, John Lomax, has provided a helpful summary of the new law affecting paid sick leave. The proposition will raise the minimum raise...more

Labor and Employment Law in a Trump Administration

How will employers fare under a Trump Administration? We’ve asked for comment from the thought leaders and heads of the practice areas that are likely to be affected the most. Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Will...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

Will President-Elect Trump Take Some Pressure Off Federal Contractors?

For the past eight years, as President Obama was unable to push much of his legislative agenda through Congress, federal contractors have faced an onslaught of increasing regulatory burdens and an aggressive enforcement...more

Implementing Arizona’s New Paid Sick Time Law: What Employers Need to Know

Last month we wrote about the likely passage of Arizona’s Proposition 206, the so-called Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, and we touched on some of its key elements. Now that Prop. 206 has passed, we offer the...more

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