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Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths – Part I   

On what seems like a daily basis, I receive a phone call from a client or prospective client who is confused about some aspect of wage and hour law. Myths and urban legends abound in this area of the law. Passed on from...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

UK Employment Tribunal Rules that Individuals Working in the “Gig Economy” are Entitled to Paid Leave

An Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom ruled that a bicycle courier for CitySprint, a delivery firm, was a worker rather than self-employed and therefore entitled to paid leave. This is the most recent decision in a...more

Gig Economy — Bike Couriers Set the Wheels in Motion on Workers Benefits

‘Gig’ economy: Latest developments - In a further challenge by a worker in the ‘gig’ economy, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier was a ‘worker’ and qualified for various employment protections. The...more

Court Limits Reach of Minneapolis Mandatory Sick and Safe Leave Law

A Minnesota state district court recently issued a temporary injunction preventing Minneapolis from enforcing its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2017, against any...more

Illinois Attempts to Fix State's Employee Sick Leave Act

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The act generally requires that employers who provide sick leave allow employees to use up to one-half of their available annual accrual for the care of...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...more

Inclement Weather FAQs: Who Gets Pay for a Snow Day?

As winter progresses, employers may find themselves monitoring the weather and wondering how to handle numerous operational headaches. Should a worksite close? If so: when, and for how long? Who can work from home, and who...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Separate vs. Combined Leave Policies - The Pros and Cons

With more and more jurisdictions on local and state levels enacting paid sick leave laws, and likely more to come, a frequent question from affected employers is whether it is preferable to have separate vacation/personal...more

Effective January 1, 2017: New Federal Contractor Paycheck Transparency, Independent Contractor Notice, and Paid Sick Leave...

On January 1, 2017, new federal contract paycheck transparency, independent contractor notification, and paid sick leave requirements go into effect.  Below we summarize the key elements of these new regulatory requirements....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

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

Winter Is Coming—Wage and Hour Considerations During Weather-Related Emergencies

With winter storms around the corner, it’s the right time to revisit employer rights and responsibilities during a weather-related emergency or other major disruption.  We discuss below some typical scenarios that you are...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

Federal Contractors Need to Be Ready for New Rules

On January 1, 2017, a new Department of Labor (DOL) Rule will go into effect requiring many federal contractors to provide their employees with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year. Employers who contract with the...more

Boundaries of America Invents Act review procedures still being defined

With the America Invents Act (AIA), the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) was tasked with creating a new administrative process for challenging certain business method patents. But nearly five years since the AIA, the...more

Paid Sick Leave: Coming to a Town Near You

You are likely familiar with the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 (“AB 1522”), which entitles California employees to use at least 24 hours of paid sick leave per year and caps accruals at 48 hours. However, you...more

Arizona Now Requires Paid Time Off and a Higher Minimum Wage

Arizona voters recently passed AZ Prop 206 – the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act – by a significant margin. Prop 206 increases the minimum wage in Arizona to: - $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2017 - $10.50 per hour on...more

Arizona's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Law

11/29/2016 On November 8, 2016, the voters in Arizona passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206. The paid sick time component of the law will go into effect July 1, 2017, while...more

Post-Election Impact – What’s a Federal Contractor to Do?

Back on September 7, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, which requires that certain federal contractors provide their employees up to fifty-six hours of paid sick leave per year. In February of this year, the...more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

New Arizona Law Provides Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Time

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“FWHFA” or “the Act”), which amends the Arizona Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”) to provide for incremental increases to the minimum wage for...more

Court of Appeal Gives California Employers a Break – but Not a Full Vacation – from PTO Reporting Requirements

Your employees may spend their time daydreaming about how to spend the vacation hours they accumulate each pay period – and in California, they are entitled to be paid out upon termination for any accrued, unused vacation...more

Arizona Raises Minimum Wage, Adds Paid Sick Leave Requirement

When Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, on November 8, 2016, they not only approved an increase in Arizona's minimum wage, they also approved a requirement for employers to provide...more

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