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New PTAB Trial Practice Rules Effective May 2, 2016

On April 1, 2016 the PTO published its final rule on Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  A small correction to these Amendments was published on April 27.  ...more

Key Legislation Emerging from the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session and Local Ordinances to Remember

Maryland's 2016 General Assembly session has now adjourned. Maryland employers should be aware of the following new laws resulting from this legislative term:  (1) Equal Pay for Equal Work; (2) Equal Pay Commission; (3)...more

More Paid Sick Leave – The New Trend Sweeping California

California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (California’s Sick Leave Law) took full effect statewide on July 1, 2015, requiring that most employees may use at least three days (24 hours) of paid sick leave...more

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA. What's the Impact on Employers?

For years, employers across America have been clamoring for guidance from the EEOC about how they should manage an employee’s request for extended or intermittent leave from work and how much leave is considered as...more

New (and Improved?) PTO Guidelines on Biotech Patent-Eligibility

The PTO has released a new set of life sciences’ examples to teach Examiners how and when to reject claims and, hopefully, teach the patent bar how to write allowable claims. (A copy if found at the end of this...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — May 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The May edition of the Insider Report discusses recent agency...more

That's Just Sick: Paid Sick Days May Increase in Los Angeles

Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to require employers to offer employees at least six days of paid sick leave per year, twice the minimum amount required under California law. If finally approved, Los Angeles will...more

Employers in Chicago Take Note: Impending City Ordinance to Require Paid Sick Leave

Chicago is likely to become the next municipality to require employers to provide paid sick leave. On April 13, 2016, the Chicago City Council proposed an amendment to the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance that would require...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

Chicago Task Force Proposes 5 Days Of Paid Sick Leave For Employees

Poised to join the increasing number of cities that require paid sick leave, the Working Families Task Force (commissioned by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel) recently recommended that employees in Chicago be allowed to earn at...more

Paid Family Leave Becomes Law in New York Through an Insurance-Style Scheme. Will Other States Follow?

Could this be a game-changer when it comes to paid family and sick leave? Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law what is being dubbed the country’s longest and most comprehensive paid family leave...more

Vermont Becomes the Fifth State to Pass Paid Sick Leave Legislation

On March 9, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed House Bill 187 into law, making Vermont the third state in New England and the fifth state in the United States – after California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and...more

Wading through the Changing Tide of Paid Sick Leave Laws in Washington State

2016 may be the most dynamic year yet for paid sick leave developments in Washington State. Two months into the new year we have already seen significant changes to the Seattle sick and safe time law, a new paid leave...more

DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for regulations under President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13706, establishing paid sick leave requirements for federal contractors. EO 13706,...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On February 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13706, which requires that covered federal government contractors provide employees with up to seven...more

Holiday Madness: What are the Rules Again?

Earlier this week, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many employees got the day off from work. It is, after all, one of the ten annual federal holidays. California state employees get additional holidays: Lincoln Day (February...more

Update: Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Act Ruled Invalid

Earlier this year, we told you that Pittsburgh became the second city in Pennsylvania to enact a paid sick leave law, providing, in part, that employers were required to provide employees a minimum of 1 hour of paid sick time...more

Final Regulations Clarify Some Provisions of the Oregon Sick Leave Law

In anticipation of the January 1, 2016, effective date, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has published administrative rules to implement the Oregon Sick Leave Law. Under the new law, nearly all employers with...more

New Executive Order Requires Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

I have seven kids.  I fully understand the importance of “leave” from work when another kid comes along (…how did that happen?…) or when a close family member is sick.  But right now, they are all happy....more

Time to Notify Your Employees of Oregon’s Paid Sick Leave Law

Oregon employers should all be aware that Oregon’s new Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. We originally reported on the the PSL law’s requirements in July of this year....more

New Amendments Align Aspects of California’s Kin Care Leave Law with Recently Implemented Paid Sick Leave Requirements

Changes are coming to California’s Kin Care Leave law, effective Jan. 1, 2016, to align it more closely with California’s Paid Sick Leave law in two significant respects: the definition of “kin” and the purposes for which...more

CDLE’s Official Guidance on Use-It-Or-Lose-It Vacation Policies: Still Prohibited

The use of so-called “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation pay policies is receiving significant attention in Colorado, both from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) and from employers trying to make sense of the...more

Give Paid Time Off or Sick and Vacation Leave?

Is it better for an employer to operate under a paid time off (PTO) policy or to have vacation and sick leave policies instead? A PTO policy is very appealing because it’s more straightforward and seems easier to administer,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 10, 2015

Last week, a jury awarded sports journalist, T.J. Simers a $7.1 million verdict in his age and disability discrimination suit against the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Simers alleged that he was subjected to discrimination...more

Elizabeth Poised to Become the Tenth Municipality in New Jersey to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a public question on the ballot requiring private-sector employers in the city to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Elizabeth follows the lead of multiple...more

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