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Mom-Friendly Policies May Be A Nice Perk But Could Constitute Gender Discrimination

The EEOC, and at least some Plaintiffs’ lawyers, are taking the position that employers may not offer more parental leave to a birth mother than to a father, unless justified by medical necessity. Any other outcome, they...more

Trick or Treat for California Employers

As we approach Halloween, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown have been busy on the employment front. The results of this activity are a “mixed bag” for California employers....more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Fall 2015

With Experimental Benefits Come Additional Legal Considerations - Corporate experimentation, combined with innovative employment practices designed to promote more flexible work environments, may be transformative. These...more

Proposed D.C. Law Would Allow 16 Weeks of Paid Family Leave – Will You Qualify?

The District of Columbia is proposing a drastic expansion of paid family leave which may serve as a harbinger of similar provisions in other jurisdictions. The law before the D.C. City Council would provide 16 weeks of fully...more

No Safe Harbour? Immediate Implications for Employers

A landmark decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that companies may no longer rely on “Safe Harbour” to justify transferring personal data from the European Union to the US, because the US Government has a...more

D.C. Council Introduces Legislation That Would Give D.C. Employees Up to 16 Weeks of Paid Family and Medical Leave

On October 6, 2015, the D.C. Council introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2014. If enacted, the proposed law will allow employees in D.C. to take up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave in a 12-month period,...more

D.C. Council Introduces Bill Providing 16 Weeks Of PAID Leave to D.C. Employees

Yesterday (October 6, 2015), 7 of the 13 members of the Council of the District of Columbia introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the “Act”). If passed, the Act would significantly impact employers and workers in...more

Time Warner-EEOC Settlement Provides a Cautionary Tale to Employers Who Provide Mothers More Parental Leave Than Fathers

I recently read in the NY Times that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a charge with Time Warner, Inc., the parent company of CNN and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where a former employee alleged that...more

Massachusetts Policies and Procedures “Checkup”: The Top 10 Areas for Review

Now that the lazy days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a good time for Massachusetts employers to perform a “checkup” on their policies and procedures to make sure they are compliant with Massachusetts law before...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported that men “feel entitled to take time off for family” too. The subject of the article was Josh Levs, a former CNN reporter who wanted more time off when his third child was born...more

Fairer but not Clearer – Confusion Ahead for Paid Parental Leave

On 15 September 2015, the Senate report (report) into the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 was tabled. The report contained two recommendations: the Senate pass the Bill - a comprehensive consultation process be conducted...more

How Much Time Can New Parents Take Off?

Paid leave for new parents, both mother and fathers, has been in the headlines as of late as the U.S. Department of Labor promotes its “Lead on Leave” initiative. The question for employers, however, is just how much time may...more

It’s Back to School Time for Students and Your Parent Employees, Too

It’s that time of year when students around the country head back to school. In addition to watching their office supplies fly out of their store rooms, employers will see an increase in employee requests for time off work to...more

New Jersey Family-School Partnership Act Seeks to Provide Leave for Involvement in School Activities

Another bill (S2935) proposed by New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on May 19, 2015, would require employers with at least 25 employees to permit their employees to take up to 40 hours of leave to participate...more

Stichtagsregelung oder ratierliche Kürzung – es geht nicht beides.

Das LAG Saarland mit seinem heute veröffentlichten Urteil vom 22. April 2015 – 2 Sa 103/14 – einer Arbeitnehmerin in Elternzeit einen Anspruch auf “freiwillig” gezahltes Weihnachts- und Urlaubsgeld in voller Höhe...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 1, 2015

How global events shape local labour laws - Giving employers the better deal? The global economic crisis squeezed corporate profits, reduced demand for goods and services and shrank workforces. Now, new labour laws...more

New Netflix Original: “Unlimited” Parental Leave

Netflix, a pioneer in on-demand internet streaming, is well-known for its “Netflix Original” series—and has recently added “unlimited” parental leave to its line-up. On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Netflix announced a new...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Employment Laws (Updated)

EMPLOYMENT LAWS - TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT - Terms and conditions of work performed by employees in New Zealand are governed by: • Legislation governing employment terms and working conditions,...more

Connecticut Takes Next Steps Toward Implementing Paid Family and Medical Leave

In a recently enacted budget measure, Connecticut has moved one step closer to implementing statewide paid family and medical leave for employees. However, details about funding and the extent of coverage that any ultimately...more

Australia: Government Seeks to Redefine Parameters of Paid Parental Leave Entitlements to Prevent Employee "Double-Dipping"

Australia's federal government recently introduced the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015. If approved, the new law will amend the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to redefine the parameters of paid parental leave entitlements....more

Paid Parental Leave: Boston Starts Another Party

In a recent trail blazing move, Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an ordinance establishing paid parental leave for city employees. This ordinance distinguishes Boston — known for some other revolution-inducing tactics —...more

Tightening the Belt on Paid Parental Leave – New Bill Proposed

Employers may no longer be required to administer government funded parental leave payments to their employees with the introduction of the Federal Government's Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 (Bill). The Bill also...more

Massachusetts Issues Final Earned Sick Time Regulations—Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2015

On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed its final regulations (“Final Regulations”) to implement the Commonwealth’s Earned Sick Time law, which was enacted through a ballot vote in November 2014....more

Office of the Attorney General Issues Final Regulations on the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

On June 19, 2015, the Office of the Attorney General issued final regulations relating to the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015. The law requires all employers to provide up to 40 hours of...more

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