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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

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Safe Harbor is Drawing to an End: Are Your Policies Compliant?

On July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts earned sick time law took effect, requiring most Massachusetts employers to provide their employees with the right to accrue and take up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. The law...more

Dismissal of Employee on Long-Term Sick Leave

In Monmouthshire County Council v Harris UKEAT/0332/14/DA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the fairness of a dismissal of an employee on long-term sick leave. Mrs Harris, an employee of Monmouthshire...more

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws on the Rise

Several states and cities across the county have passed laws requiring employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Statewide laws have been passed in Connecticut, California, Massachusetts and Oregon....more

If Pain, Yes Gain — Part XII: Paid Sick Leave Spreading in New Jersey

After a wave of recent developments, New Jersey continues to solidify its status as the state with the most municipal paid sick leave laws in the country. Earlier this month, voters in Elizabeth approved a paid sick...more

Elizabeth Becomes The 10th City in New Jersey to Require Paid Sick Leave

On November 3, 2015, voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a paid sick leave law that will require private employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The law is anticipated to take effect on March 2,...more

Changes to Paid Sick Time in New Jersey: Elizabeth Becomes 10th Municipality to Require Paid Sick Leave and Jersey City Expands...

On October 29, 2015, the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey voted to broaden the scope of its paid sick leave ordinance, which was enacted in 2013. Just four days later, on November 3, 2015, voters in Elizabeth, New...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Fall 2015

With Experimental Benefits Come Additional Legal Considerations - Corporate experimentation, combined with innovative employment practices designed to promote more flexible work environments, may be transformative. These...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Ordinance: Notices Published and January Effective Date Set

When the City of Pittsburgh enacted the Paid Sick Days Ordinance in August 2015, it delayed the effective date until the City Controller’s Office posted regulations and notice information for employers.  The Controller’s...more

DC Bill Would Provide Most Generous Paid Leave Benefits in the Nation

On October 6, 2015, the District of Columbia Council introduced legislation that would establish a universal paid leave system for all DC residents and workers who are employed in DC but live elsewhere. The Universal Paid...more

City of Minneapolis Considering Dramatic Changes for Minneapolis Employers - Public Comment Period Underway

The City of Minneapolis is taking steps to develop an ordinance that, as now proposed, would impose dramatic new requirements for Minneapolis employers related to employee scheduling and earned sick leave. The City Council,...more

Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Labor Day, President Obama unveiled the latest executive branch action taking aim at federal government contractors. As labor and employment legislation has stalled in a divided Congress, the White House has again turned...more

President Barack Obama’s Labor Day Gift to Labor: Paid Sick Leave for Employees on Federal Contracts

This week’s post is brought to us by Peter Dagostine, our colleague in Robinson+Cole’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. President Obama signed an Executive Order, on Labor Day earlier this week, requiring...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

President Issues Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

As previously reported on this Blog, recent news reports indicated that President Obama would be issuing an Executive Order mandating paid sick leave for the employees of federal contractors. The President did just that on...more

Uber Employee Classification Class Action Could Impact All Employers

From Payroll Taxes to Sick Leave Laws … Federal Ruling Could Be Game Changer for Sharing Economy - A federal judge’s decision last week to certify a class of California Uber drivers in their lawsuit claiming Uber has...more

President Obama Issues Labor Day Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

President Obama has issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to their employees. The White House anticipates that the requirement could benefit more than...more

Best in Law: Five Survival Tips for Navigating the Sick Leave Law

BB&K attorneys Sarah Mohammadi and Elizabeth Han discuss the new sick leave law in this month’s Press-Enterprise Best in Law column. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (AB 1522), commonly referred to as the...more

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