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Zika Virus: Appropriate Workplace Responses

The Zika virus has been the topic of much discussion and anxiety for many weeks. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued travel warnings for more than two dozen countries in the...more

Employment Law - February 2016

In Equal Pay Push, EEOC to Collect Pay Data From Employers - Why it matters - On the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Barack Obama announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Zika Virus and the Legal Issues With an Employee's Refusal to Work

It’s big news! On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring Zika virus to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The WHO did not find a public health justification...more

If Pain, Yes Gain -- Part XVI: Winter 2016 Brings Flurry of Paid Sick Leave Activity

One area of employment law that certainly isn’t hibernating this winter is mandatory paid sick leave. Since the start of 2016, mandatory paid sick leave developments have occurred from coast to coast and include: (1) an...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont...more

Beware the Landmines: New and Coming Labor and Employment Laws

From 2014 to 2016 there has been an explosion of labor & employment “laws” through Executive Orders, new regulations and proposed regulations. Some of the requirements apply to all employers, while those issued by...more

New Employment Laws for California Public Employers

As in years past, 2016 brings important changes to employment laws in California — a state that continues to be a challenging environment for employers. Employment issues ranging from healthy workplaces and gender...more

Best in Law: Key Changes in Employment Laws for 2016

Partner Cynthia Germano shares the year’s most notable employment-related laws in the Press-Enterprise. A number of California labor and employment laws went into effect on New Year’s Day that employers are tasked with...more

Annual Labor and Employment Law Update

California Broadens Its Fair Pay Act (SB 358). Since 1949, California Labor Code § 1197.5 has prohibited employers from paying employees of one gender “less than employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for...more

Health Law Alert - January 2016: Mandatory Sick Leave Law in New York City

Did you know that New York City has a law that requires employers to give their employees paid sick leave if they meet certain requirements? Under New York City’s “Earned Sick Time Act” (“Paid Sick Leave Law”) employers...more

Santa Monica Passes Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance

The Santa Monica City Council passed a minimum wage ordinance which becomes effective on July 1, 2016. The ordinance, which won’t be finalized until the City Council meets again this week, includes a phased increase to reach...more

Employment Law in Austria: Part II

Maternity Leave Protection In accordance with the Maternity Protection Act of 1979 (“Maternity Protection Act”), pregnant women are prohibited from working during the last eight (8) weeks immediately prior to the presumed...more

Seattle Enacts Law to Strengthen Wage Theft and Other Labor Standards Ordinances

Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray recently signed a measure strengthening the city’s ability to enforce minimum wage and other workplace standards. The Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance 2015...more

Puerto Rico's Qualifying Employees May Use Paid Sick Leave to Care for Others

Effective December 31, 2015, all employers in Puerto Rico with at least 16 employees must allow eligible employees to use up to 5 paid sick leave days to care for an ill spouse, parent, or child. Eligible employees are those...more

New Orleans ‘Living Wage’ Law Goes Into Effect

In August we reported that the City of New Orleans had passed a “Living Wage” ordinance requiring city contractors and grant recipients to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour. The new law also requires...more

East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities By Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, Spokane will join Seattle, Sea-Tac, and Tacoma as cities in Washington requiring employers to provide mandatory employee paid sick and safe leave. On Monday, January 11, 2016, Spokane’s City Council...more

OFCCP Regulations Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies & Required Posting Effective Now

Executive Order 13665 & Pay Transparency Regulations Effective Now - Following the NLRB’s lead on employee rights regarding discussion of confidential wage issues, Executive Order 13665 and the Office of Contract...more

NYC Earned Sick Time Act Updates

Proposed Changes to Sick Time Rules and Creation of New Enforcement Agency - On January 11, 2016, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) held a public hearing on proposed updates to the Earned Sick Time...more

2015 Year in Review—the Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law

In 2015, there were important developments in New Jersey employment law. This newsletter examines some of those developments in ten key areas— background checks, whistleblowing, paid sick leave, wage and hour, Law Against...more

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Law Allowing Employees to Use Accrued Paid Sick Leave to Care for Qualified Family Members

Governor Alejandro García Padilla recently signed Law No. 251 (House Bill 695), a measure that provides caregiver leave under Puerto Rico law. This law, which is effective immediately, amends the Puerto Rico Minimum Wage,...more

New Brunswick Now Requires Paid Sick & Safe Leave for Employees

On December 17, 2015, the City of New Brunswick joined the growing list of municipalities in New Jersey requiring private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The new law, effective January 6, 2016, also...more

New Brunswick New Jersey’s Paid Sick & Safe Leave Law Goes Into Effect

On December 17, 2015, the City of New Brunswick passed its own paid sick leave ordinance, making it the eleventh municipality in the State of New Jersey to require paid sick leave. The ordinance becomes effective on January...more

New Year, New Laws: A Summary of Hot Button Employment Laws to Hit the Books in 2016

From coast to coast, as the calendar turned to 2016, a host of new employment laws became effective. States and local government are imposing broad obligations on employers well above what federal law requires. This patchwork...more

Employer Posting Requirements Under New Jersey Law

In 2015, Elizabeth and Bloomfield joined the growing number of New Jersey municipalities mandating paid sick leave. These new laws all contain corresponding mandatory posting requirements (see below). Consequently, with the...more

New York City Establishes Office of Labor Standards; Will Enforce Paid Sick Leave Law (NYC Finale Part 3)

New York City has established an Office of Labor Standards that will enforce the City’s paid sick leave and transit benefits laws, and create and promote programs on worker education, safety and protection. The Council...more

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