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Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Prop 206: Sick Leave Policies Impacted

On March 14, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by an employer-backed group to Proposition 206. Yes, this means there is no further question about the $10/hour minimum wage. Most companies have...more

New York Paid Family Leave Rules Announced: Delivery Date January 1, 2018

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (the “Board”) released proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”)i establishing the rights and responsibilities of employees, employers, and insurance carriers...more

New York Proposes Regulations on New Paid Family Leave Law

Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”). This law will provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, to be funded through a payroll tax on...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVII: Maryland Close to Catching Paid Sick Leave Bug

Seyfarth Synopsis: After several years of failed legislative attempts to pass a statewide paid sick leave law, Maryland is nearing the finish line following the state Senate’s approval of the Maryland Healthy Working Families...more

Arizona’s Voter-Approved Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Law Constitutional, State High Court Affirms

In a much-anticipated decision, the Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to uphold Proposition 206, the November 2016 ballot initiative that increases the Arizona minimum wage and requires employers in the state to...more

Is Paid Family Leave In Employers’ Future?

Employers get ready. Paid family leave is coming. The latest move comes from Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R), who granted paid parental leave to all state executive branch employees by executive order on March 13, 2017....more

Increased Benefits Proposed For New Jersey Paid Family Leave Insurance

New Jersey is one of five states which provide for paid family leave. Under New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance law, eligible employees can take up to six weeks of leave to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child or...more

D.C. Universal Paid Family Leave Bill Submitted To Congress, But Changes Are Still Possible

The D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) has been submitted to Congress for a 30-legislative-day period of review. Presuming that the Act does not get overturned by Congress and the President, it is...more

The Prop 206 Saga Continues: Arizona Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Constitutional Challenge

Last December, I wrote about a lawsuit before the Arizona Supreme Court challenging Proposition 206, the minimum wage and paid sick time referendum that instantly raised the Arizona minimum wage to $10 per hour and created a...more

Proposed Regulations Issued for New York Paid Family Leave Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Workers’ Compensation Board issued proposed regulations for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law (“PFL”). The regulations provide much needed guidance on many key areas of the law, including eligibility...more

New York’s Paid Family Leave Proposed Regulations: A Primer for Employers

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board unveiled proposed regulations concerning the state’s new Paid Family Leave (PFL) law. The PFL law was passed as part of the 2016 state budget and will...more

Alaska Legislative Round-Up: Employment-Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Session

Although Alaska’s 30th Legislative Session is once again primarily focused on addressing our state’s current budget deficit, several bills have been proposed that, if enacted into law, would impact Alaska’s employers. Some of...more

[Webinar] Employment Law Webinar: Negotiating the Maze of Overlapping Leave Laws - March 22nd, 10:00am PST

Please join us March 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PST for an employment law presentation on overlapping leave laws. Our experienced employment lawyers will review major federal and California laws regarding employee leaves of...more

New York Issues Regulations Implementing its Trailblazing Paid Family Leave Law

Last year, the New York State Legislature passed the country’s most wide-ranging paid family leave law, providing employees with wage replacement during time away from their job in order to bond with a child, care for a close...more

Paid Administrative Leave: There Ought To Be A Law

You've had your coffee and you're on your way to the office. You have had a fine career in public service and you're at the pinnacle of your profession. You like your job and privately congratulate yourself for helping people...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

2016 DC Metro Area Employment Law Year In Review

The District of Columbia, Maryland (including Montgomery County) witnessed an active 2016 with respect to new and amended workplace laws that impose additional responsibilities on employers, and expand employee rights and...more

2017 Proposed State Legislation

A number of bills currently before the Nevada Legislature will affect employers if signed into law. The following summarizes these bills as they have been introduced....more

Paid Family and Medical Leave for D.C. Employees To Become Law

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Feb. 15, 2017, declined to veto the controversial Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Although she declined to veto the measure, Bowser returned the bill unsigned to the...more

D.C. Paid Family Leave Law to Take Effect Without Mayor’s Signature

Taking the middle road by returning the bill to the City Council without her signature, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser permits the D.C. Paid Family Leave law to continue down the path toward a 2020 payout for D.C....more

Mayor of District of Columbia Permits Universal Paid Leave Amendment

The Act, if it becomes law, would be one of the most generous paid leave laws in the nation. On December 20, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016...more

D.C. One Step Closer To Providing Employees Up To 8 Weeks Of Paid Leave

As we previously reported, in December 2016 the D.C. Council passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). If it becomes law, the Act will provide all full and part time private sector workers in D.C....more

The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016....more

Focus on the FMLA – Part II

Last week, we wrote about some of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements that can be particularly challenging for employers. This week, we’re going to focus on an aspect of FMLA entitlement that causes employers...more

UK Employment Tribunal Rules that Individuals Working in the “Gig Economy” are Entitled to Paid Leave

An Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom ruled that a bicycle courier for CitySprint, a delivery firm, was a worker rather than self-employed and therefore entitled to paid leave. This is the most recent decision in a...more

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