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California Employers, Beware: It’s Time to Rewrite Your Sick Leave and PTO Policies

By now, most employers have heard about California’s new paid sick leave law, AB 1522, technically known as the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act, which will be codified at Labor Code sections 245 to 249 and 2810.5....more

California Becomes Second State To Mandate Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) [Video]

California is now the second state in the nation that requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Employers should review their policies now and think about how they are going to comply with the new law’s...more

The Expansion of Laws Governing Paid Sick Leave

It seems that with every passing day more cities and states adopt ordinances and statutes governing paid sick leave. At present, three states and eighteen cities have enacted laws providing for paid sick leave. The states are...more

Employment Flash - March 2015

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Sixth Circuit Yard-Man Vested Benefits Presumption - Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Light Duty Case - NY Wage Theft Protection Act Amended - Senate...more

Variation Clause Could Not be Relied on to Make Unilateral Changes

In Norman and others v National Audit Office UKEAT/0276/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a variation clause could be relied on to make unilateral changes to terms and conditions of employment....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2015

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses - Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and...more

New Labor Code Amendments Have Immediate Impact Upon CA Parkowners

Many CA Parkowners employ 1-2 employees, some full time and some part time. Some parkowners also employ family members as well. The CA Law on Paid Sick Leave has now changed, effective January 1, 2015, to require that all...more

Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective March 2, 2015, Oakland businesses and any other employers who have employees working within the City’s boundaries will need to comply with Oakland’s new Paid Sick Leave law, which mandates up to 72 hours (9 days...more

Are you ready for California’s new paid sick leave law?

Effective July 1, 2015, California's new mandatory paid sick leave law requires virtually all employers to provide workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. And, beginning January 1, 2015, a poster...more

“Unlimited” Time Off Policies – Fad or Fun?

Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding...more

Tacoma Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance for 2016

Tacoma, Washington has joined Seattle and a growing list of cities (and states) requiring employers to provide paid sick and safe leave (PSSL) to their employees. Tacoma’s ordinance goes into effect on Feb. 1, 2016. Between...more

Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 4 of 5: Monitoring Wage and Hour Compliance Remains Paramount for Employers Seeking to Avoid...

Recently, Mintz Levin held a seminar in New York City that addressed some of the major challenges employers are facing in the New Year. Our program contained segments on New York City’s paid sick leave law, effective...more

N.J. Business Groups Vow To Fight Paid Sick Leave Law in Trenton

A group of six business organizations—including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce—has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton, New Jersey, demanding the delay of a...more

California Sick Time Law: Beyond the Basics

California’s “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” otherwise known as California’s Paid Sick Time (or Paid Sick Leave) law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and will become operative for accrual purposes on...more

New York Employment Roundup: February 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of...more

Philadelphia’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: Promoting Healthy Families Workplace Ordinance

Starting on May 13, 2015, companies operating in Philadelphia will be required to provide sick time to employees pursuant to the Promoting Families Workplace Ordinance, which was passed into law on Feb. 12, 2015....more

Sick Leave Trend Continues in New Jersey, Constitutional Challenge Begins

This week Bloomfield became the ninth locality in the State of New Jersey to require employers to provide sick leave to their employees, joining Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, and...more

Oakland Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Requirements Take Effect This Week

Employers in Oakland, California take note: A voter-approved measure raising Oakland's minimum wage and creating sick leave requirements for workers in the City went into effect this week. If you have employees in Oakland,...more

Paid Sick Leave Laws on the Rise

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama revealed his plans to expand on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections by guaranteeing paid sick time for employees. Obama will start this initiative with...more

Philadelphia Joins List of Cities Mandating Paid Sick Leave

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia became yet another jurisdiction to pass a law guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees. The Philadelphia ordinance grants certain employees paid sick leave which can be used to respond to...more

Connecticut DOL Issues Guidance and Poster Addressing Amendments to Paid Sick Leave Law

With the enactment of the amendments to the Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Act, the Connecticut Department of Labor issued an updated guidance, along with an updated poster, for employers. The amendments, which became...more

The City of Philadelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

Following a number of other localities, the City of Philadelphia has enacted the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces law requiring certain employers located in the city to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid...more

Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California's Paid Sick Leave Law, To Take Effect

Starting July 1, 2015, California will join numerous other states in requiring employers provide employees with paid sick leave pursuant to the Health Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014....more

California Labor Commissioner Revises Sick Pay Notice Obligation

As the July 1, 2015 deadline for employers to implement California’s new paid sick leave law approaches, employers are finding a number of ambiguities in the law that make it challenging to implement. The Office of the Labor...more

Constructive Dismissal Claim Was Barred

In Colomar Mari v Reuters Ltd UKEAT/0539/13, the EAT considered whether an employee who had waited 18 months before resigning and accepted contractual sick pay during this period could claim constructive dismissal....more

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