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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

San Francisco Becomes First U.S. City To Require Employer-Funded Paid Parental Leave

This month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that provides six weeks of parental leave for bonding with a new child at 100% of the employee’s rate of pay (subject to certain caps). The...more

Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

On March 9, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law bill H. 187 (“Act”), which will require Vermont employers to provide paid sick leave beginning on January 1, 2017. Vermont has become the fifth state (after...more

Family Matters: New York State Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Family Leave

New York will increase its minimum wage to $15.00 an hour in gradual increases, beginning December 31, 2016. In keeping with the wave of new legislation in states and cities across the country, New York also passed the Paid...more

Start Spreading The News: Paid Family Leave And $15 Minimum Wage Coming To New York

On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation which will, over the next few years, grow into the nation's most comprehensive paid family leave program. New York employees will be eligible for 12 weeks of...more

New York Budget Deal Will Bring $15 Minimum Wage and Broad Paid Leave Legislation

On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to phase in an increased minimum wage and guarantee paid family leave to all eligible employees throughout New York State. The legislation was part of the...more

New York: Paid Leave

Until now, within the U.S., only California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington have had paid family leave statutes, none of which offers benefits longer than six weeks. New York now joins those states offering a paid...more

Seyfarth Submits Comments to U.S. DOL Regarding Proposed Regulations Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments on behalf of the Firm and its clients responding to the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed regulations seeking to require certain parties that contract with the Federal Government to provide...more

San Francisco Becomes the First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco has just given the employees of its resident companies quite the baby shower gift. On April 5, 2016, San Francisco passed its Paid Parental Leave law. The local ordinance will leverage off of the California Paid...more

New Legislation Makes San Francisco the First City to Mandate Fully Paid Parental Leave for Employees

On April 5, 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would require most San Francisco employees to receive six weeks of fully paid parental leave. The new ordinance requires nearly...more

State and Local Law Update Could Signal Trend

Employers should generally be aware and mindful of employment law at the state and local level as a possible signal of larger movements. Over the past couple of weeks, significant changes have occurred in minimum wage and...more

Sabbaticals Aren’t Just for Academics Anymore

Sabbaticals have been traditionally used in the academic setting to give university teachers one year of paid leave to study or travel for every seven years worked. Now some private, nonacademic employers—particularly in the...more

New York State Increases Minimum Wage and Enacts Paid Family Leave

New York State recently adopted the following two important changes in the law which will impact all employers in the state: (a) an incremental increase in the minimum wage, and (b) paid family leave. A. Minimum Wage...more

Race to the Highest Minimum: California Minimum Wage Increase and San Francisco’s New Parental Leave Ordinance

California’s newly increased minimum wages will impact employers in two ways. First, minimum wage employees will have to be paid the higher minimum wage. Second, salaried exempt employees in California must be paid no less...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Expand the Amount of Wage Replacement Available under California’s Paid Family Leave Law

On April 11, 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 908 which amends certain provisions of California’s Unemployment Insurance Code as it relates to the State’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. Before explaining the...more

Decision 2016: Do Employees Get Time Off to Vote?

With the 2016 Presidential primary elections in full swing, employers should be informed about their obligations as to when an employee requests time off to visit the polls. An employer’s obligation varies by state law and...more

Paid Parental Leave: San Francisco Will Require Employers To Provide Paid Leave And California Will Increase Benefits Available...

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would require private employers in the city to provide partial compensation to employees taking leave to bond with a...more

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