Paid Leave

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The Push for Paid Sick, Family and Medical Leave in Minnesota: Minneapolis Passes Ordinance

Paid leave — as previously reported in our March legal update, “The Push for Paid Sick, Family and Medical Leave in Minnesota” — has been a hot topic in Minnesota this spring. Although none of the bills addressing statewide...more

San Francisco Passes Nation’s First Fully-Paid Parental Leave Law

The mayor of San Francisco recently signed the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance, a law that gives workers in the city the most generous parental leave benefits in the country. Covered employees will have the right to take up to...more

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

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

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

New Employer Requirements for Pregnancy, Personnel Files

The Colorado legislative session wrapped up on Wednesday, May 11, and as expected, the vast majority of labor and employment bills failed to pass into law. However, employers are likely to have two new obligations to their...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Ten days remain before the last day of the Minnesota legislative session May 23, 2016. Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met twice in the past week to negotiate an agreement on...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

Time to Check Your Leave Practices: EEOC Issues Resource Document on Employer-Provided Leave Under the Americans with Disabilities...

In light of an increase in charges filed with the EEOC in which employees claim that their employers are unlawfully denying or restricting the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation, which is a "troubling trend" according...more

Employment Law - May 2016

California Increases Amount Paid for Family, Disability Leave - Why it matters - In the latest changes to California employment law, Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment increasing the payment to employees for...more

Vermont Joins Four States in Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Vermont has passed new legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees. Vermont joined four other states that already mandate paid sick leave – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Oregon....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

San Francisco Enacts Nation’s First Fully Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

Effective January 1, 2017, San Francisco is scheduled to become the first city in the United States to require fully paid parental leave. The Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (the Ordinance) was passed unanimously by San...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

Westeros Might Have Benefited From Recent Trends in Paid Family Leave

Game of Thrones, one of my favorite shows, most recently returned for its sixth season. Don’t worry, no spoilers here if you haven’t seen the first couple of episodes of this season. However, if you haven’t noticed, one of...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

Additional Paid Sick Leave Requirements in Los Angeles

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to pass a motion that directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance requiring employers to provide employees who work for them in the City of Los Angeles for 30 or...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The House and Senate focused on their funding bills this week, with each body considering their respective set of supplemental budget recommendations. Legislators spent late nights working through the bills and abundant...more

Update: Santa Monica Amends Minimum Wage Ordinance, Delays Sick Pay Implementation.

Seyfarth Synopsis: Santa Monica has amended its Minimum Wage Ordinance to postpone implementation of its paid sick leave entitlements, now starting January 1, 2017 instead of July 1, 2016, and create a two phase...more

New Employee Wage and Benefits Legislation That All New York State Employers Must Know

On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in connection with New York’s 2016-2017 budget that will impact employers large and small throughout the State. In addition to annual increases to the minimum wage...more

Los Angeles Votes to Enact Paid Sick Leave Policy

The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of adopting a paid sick leave ordinance which, if approved, would provide six days of paid sick leave per year, with carry-over of 72 hours. An exemption for small employers was...more

8 Things Employers Need to Know About San Francisco’s New Fully Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

On April 21, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee signed The Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance making San Francisco the first U.S. city mandating employees are provided with six weeks of fully paid parental leave for the...more

New Employment Laws Further Increase Burdens On New York Companies

If you read one thing... - New Paid Family Leave Law will impact all New York companies - New rules regarding NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act require changes to companies’ approach to employee sick time...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

State And Local Governments Increase The Minimum Wage And Pass Paid Family Leave Laws

State and local governments have recently passed a flurry of minimum wage increases and paid family leave laws. Most of the attention has been on increases in the minimum wage to $15.00 (in New York by 2019, and in...more

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