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D.C. Council Approves New Paid Parental, Family, and Medical Leave Act

On December 20, 2016, the D.C. Council approved, by a vote of 9 to 4, a wide-ranging new paid leave system that applies to private employers in the District of Columbia. The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 is a bill that...more

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

With the new year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2017. All-Gender/Single-User Restrooms - Beginning March 1,...more

Washington, D.C. Council Passes Extensive Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

The Washington, D.C. Council recently passed the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (UPLA), one of the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave proposals to date. The bill will become law upon signature or inaction...more

D.C. Council Passes Substantial New Paid Leave Legislation

The Washington, D.C., City Council passed landmark legislation this week that would provide all private sector D.C. employees with eight weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two weeks of paid personal...more

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Bill

On December 20, 2016, in a 9-4 vote, the Washington, D.C. Council passed bill B21-0415, The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015. The bill will establish a universal paid leave system for individuals who work in the District of...more

District of Columbia Passes Expansive Paid Leave Law

After more than a year of debate, on December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council voted to create one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. DC now joins California, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island...more

Paid Sick & Family Leave Passes D.C. City Council

For over a year, the D.C. City Council has considered a bill that would have provided employees in the nation’s capital paid family and sick leave. Now, after extended debate and comment from the public and business...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC issued a publication on the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions, along with a companion document addressing the mental health provider’s role in reasonable accommodations...more

What Employers Can Expect from the New Administration – Part 2: Immigration, the Affordable Care Act & Social Issues

In our second in a three-part series on what to expect from the Trump administration, we discuss immigration policy and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as what may be in store for parental leave, marriage equality and...more

Should Employers Make Paid Parental Leave a Basic Employee Benefit? Considerations for Drafting a Parental Leave Policy

Netflix. Google. Proctor & Gamble. Accenture. IKEA. Greensboro, North Carolina. What do these have in common? They are employers. And they offer their employees paid parental leave....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2016 #2

Last week, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder was selected by the incoming administration to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. Puzder is currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s....more

Need to Know: Recent and Upcoming Changes to the UK’s Employment Law Landscape

New legislation due to come into force in April 2017 requiring employers to publish details of their average pay for men and women - New Gender Pay Gap Reporting obligations are expected to come into force in April 2017....more

D.C. Council to Vote on Nation's Most Beneficent Leave Law

Employers in the District of Columbia may soon be required to provide 11 weeks of paid family leave for parents to care for a new or adopted child and eight weeks of paid family leave to care for an ailing parent or...more

Government announces proposed statutory maternity pay and sick pay rates for 2017 to 2018

The government has published the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2017 to 2018. It reviews the rates every year to reflect the changes to the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI increased by 1% in the year 2015 to 2016,...more

The Election is Over, Now What?

Now that the election is over, many clients and friends are asking what labor and employment law might look like under the soon to be President Trump. Of course, no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming term....more

Does Paid Leave Become Reality in a Trump Administration? And Who is His Likely Choice to Head the Department of Labor?

Every other employment attorney has been offering their opinion on how the election of Donald Trump will impact employment law. So, I’d feel left out of this riveting discussion if I didn’t offer my two cents about how a...more

Legislative Developments Affecting California Employers in 2017 and Beyond

This year has brought many changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Department summarizes some of the most important employment law developments that will...more

Montgomery County Sick and Safe Leave Law Amended to Permit Use for Birth, Adoption, Foster Care, and Bonding

Effective immediately, employers in Montgomery County, Maryland must allow eligible employees in the County to use up to 56 hours of paid sick and safe leave provided under Montgomery County’s sick and safe leave law for...more

Reform of the law on parental leave: major changes / Réforme du congé parental : principaux changements

The Law reforming parental leave – which has been adopted today – aims to create a better balance between family and professional life by providing more flexibility regarding the different types of parental leave available...more

Did You Know...Heads Up! San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance… Supplementing California Paid Family Leave, Effective...

San Francisco has become the first U.S. jurisdiction at any level to decree fully paid parental leave for parents to bond with their child. California currently provides six weeks of partially paid leave through the state...more

Update: Comparing the Clinton and Trump Parental Leave and Childcare Proposals

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each put forward plans for paid parental leave and assistance with the cost of childcare. However, as expected the plans differ significantly. The Clinton Plan is...more

Developments in shared parental leave pay in the UK

Employers in the UK who offer enhanced maternity pay but do not offer equivalent enhancements to shared parental leave pay could face liability for indirect sex discrimination. A UK Employment Tribunal has ruled that...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

Employment Law - September 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Moves Associational Disability Claims Forward - Why it matters - Recognizing associational disability claims, a California appellate panel ruled that an employee's claim for disability...more

San Francisco First U.S. City to Require Fully Paid Parental Leave

On January 1, 2017, the City of San Francisco’s paid parental leave ordinance becomes effective for employers with 50 or more employees. These employers will be required to pay the difference between a new parent’s weekly...more

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