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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

What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their...more

California Raises its Minimum Wage and Expands Paid Sick Leave

When it wants to, the California Legislature can act with impressive speed. It did so last week on a minimum wage increase bill (SB 3)when, in less than 96 hours, it amended the legislation and sped it through two committee...more

Seattle’s Updated Labor Standards Requirements

Seattle, Washington has amended the quartet of laws addressing labor standards (Seattle Sick Time and Safe Time Ordinance, Seattle Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, and Seattle Wage Theft...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

Earned Sick Time Act Amendments Affect New York City Employers

Amendments to New York City's Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA) became effective on March 4, 2016. ESTA, originally adopted in June 2013, requires employers in New York City with five or more employees to provide eligible employees...more

Don’t Get Fooled on April 1 – Ensure You Meet the City of Seattle’s April 1 Deadline for New Employee Information and Posting...

The City of Seattle recently amended four labor standards ordinances: Paid Sick and Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment (previously Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage, and Wage Theft. The Labor Standard Ordinances are...more

DOL Releases Proposed Rules Regarding Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

The United States Department Labor recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enforce President Obama’s September 2015 Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. Now that we have been able...more

Just When Employers Got Used to Earned Sick Time Act, NYC Publishes Final Amended Sick Time Rules With Additional Requirements

That’s right. Just when many employers started getting used to New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”), New York City went ahead and adopted the final amended Earned Sick Time Act Rules (“Final Amended ESTA Rules”). The...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

California Legislative Update: Proposals Include PAGA Reform, Salary History Limitations, and Equal Pay Expansion

The pace of employment legislative activity in Sacramento picked up as February drew to a close. The following highlights some of the more notable issues under consideration in the Golden State. PAGA Reform?...more

One Step Closer to Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) continues its regulatory dash to fulfill the President’s domestic agenda. The agency issued proposed rules, that seek to make President Obama’s Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick...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

Enforcing Attendance Standards in the New World of California Sick Leave

When California’s sick leave law went into effect in 2015, many employers—especially national employers—did not change their pre-existing sick leave or paid-time-off (PTO) policies because those policies exceeded the...more

Santa Monica Jumps on the Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Bandwagon

With little fanfare or advance notice, Santa Monica, California, became the latest municipality to enact its own minimum wage and sick leave ordinance (“Ordinance”), proposed by the City Council on January 12, 2016, and...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

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

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

Just in Time for the Holidays, New Brunswick Gives the "Gift" of Paid Sick/Safe Time

On December 17, 2015, New Brunswick, New Jersey passed a sick and safe leave ordinance that provides up to 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave to employees beginning on January 6, 2016. Although there are similarities...more

BOLI Issues Long-Awaited Final Regulations for Mandatory Oregon “Sick” Leave

Employers should now finalize policies to comply with Oregon’s 2016 mandatory sick leave law, following publication of the law’s final administrative rules. Although titled “sick” leave, the law protects a broader range of...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

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