Sick Leave

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Employment Law - November 2014

State Voters Pass Paid Sick Leave, Wage Increases - Why it matters: The polls have closed and the votes are in: The midterm elections will have a significant impact on employers across the country as voters in multiple...more

Montclair and Trenton Join Ranks of New Jersey Cities with Paid Sick Leave Laws

Election Day 2014 saw the passage of two more paid sick leave municipal ordinances, bringing the New Jersey state total to eight as of this writing. Suburban Montclair and the capital city of Trenton have joined East Orange,...more

Nostradamus, Minimum Wage, and Paid Sick Leave

Allow us to pat ourselves on the back for a moment. Prognosticating from 2013 into the future, we accurately predicted that in 2014 the Seattle Seahawks would win the Super Bowl and that the public would continue to strongly...more

Elimination of Vacation and Sick Day Accruals. Can that be Legal?

According to a November 17, 2014 article in LAobserved.com highlighted by the Los Angeles Business Journal, exempt non-union Los Angeles Times employees as of January 1, 2015 will no longer be able to accrue vacation days,...more

Massachusetts Ballot Measure Passes Requiring Paid Sick Time for Employees

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that will require covered employers to allow employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time (“Sick Time”) for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum...more

Massachusetts Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

On Election Day this year, Massachusetts voters responded affirmatively, by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent, to the Massachusetts Paid Sick Days Initiative. ...more

Massachusetts Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts joined the growing list of states to guarantee paid sick leave for employees. According to the new law (a ballot question passed by voters), employees may use earned sick leave to care for a...more

Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms

The new legislation adds to employer requirements and now provides for sick leave, increased minimum wage, domestic violence victim leave, and unemployment changes....more

Massachusetts Voters Say "Yes" to Mandatory Sick Time

On election day, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative requiring employers to provide sick time to their employees. Absent legislative repeal, the mandatory sick time law will become effective on July 1, 2015. ...more

New Sick Leave Rights For Massachusetts Employees Raise Concerns For Employers

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a new law, which will be codified at G.L. c. 149, § 148C, providing sick leave rights to all private employees in the state and most public employees. The law goes into...more

Paid Sick Leave Continues to Gain Traction in New Jersey

Last week, Trenton and Montclair became the latest in a series of New Jersey municipalities to pass paid sick leave ordinances, joining East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Newark, Passaic and Paterson. Under both the...more

Paid Sick Leave Laws Enacted in U.S. State and Local Elections

Following a nationwide trend, voters in Massachusetts; Oakland, California; Trenton, New Jersey; and Montclair, New Jersey, approved ballot initiatives enacting paid sick time laws....more

Massachusetts Passes New Paid Sick Leave Law

What you need to know: Effective July 1, 2015, Massachusetts will require most employers to grant at least forty hours of paid sick leave to their employees each year. Employees may take the paid sick days to care for...more

FAQs on California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The Act requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked...more

Paid Sick Leave Passes in Massachusetts

On November 4, 2014, voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot initiative that entitles employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time. Massachusetts now joins Connecticut and California as the states with mandatory sick...more

Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that requires all private sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. Under the new law, which goes into...more

New Jersey Considering State Law Providing Employees with Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

In light of the fact that several New Jersey cities have recently passed local ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, momentum is growing for the New Jersey legislature to pass a similar...more

Several More New Jersey Cities Pass Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Following Newark and Jersey City’s lead, the cities of Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, and Irvington recently passed their own paid sick leave ordinances that will provide the majority of private employees working in those...more

Voters in Four Jurisdictions Pass Sick Leave Ballot Initiatives

The national sick leave trend continues to gain momentum as voters in Massachusetts, Trenton and Montclair, New Jersey, and Oakland, California approved ballot initiatives requiring employers within each jurisdiction to...more

Amendments To DC Accrued Sick And Safe Leave Act Now Fully Apply To Employers

As if employers in DC didn’t have enough to worry about, the 2013 amendments to the District of Columbia Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (“ASSLA”), which became effective in March 2014, finally became fully applicable...more

Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved by a decisive margin (approximately 60 percent in favor) a new measure requiring employers to provide sick leave to all employees (with certain limited exceptions regarding...more

Wage and Hour 2014 Election Results Roundup: Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Big Winners

Before the election, we talked about minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives on the rise, including some important ballot issues. With most of the results tallied, it appears that the Republicans weren’t the only big...more

Massachusetts Voters Approve Earned Sick Time Law

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative that will mandate sick time for employees. Under the new law, which will take effect on July 1, 2015, employers must allow employees to accrue and use up to 40...more

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Approved in New Jersey’s Trenton, Montclair

Residents of both Trenton and Montclair voted to approve mandatory paid sick leave by employers in their respective municipalities, bringing the total number of municipalities in New Jersey that now have mandatory paid sick...more

Massachusetts Voters Pass Mandatory Paid Sick Time - updated

Massachusetts Ballot Question 4 on mandatory sick leave passed. This change to the law makes Massachusetts one of only a few states that requires paid sick time. Under the law, employers with 11 or more employees are...more

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