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New Public Employment Laws for 2015

Year in and year out, one thing is true: In California, there will always be new laws affecting employers, and 2015 is no exception. Below is a brief description of the laws that public sector employers need to be aware of...more

When Conflicting Obligations Make You Sick: Complying With Sick Leave Laws

While President Obama’s recent push for a federal paid sick leave mandate for private-sector employees is unlikely to gain traction in the new Congress, employers still begin 2015 facing an intricate web of state and local...more

The Explosion of Paid Sick Leave In New Jersey

The trend of municipalities in New Jersey enacting paid sick leave ordinances continues.  Littler previously reported on the enactment of two such laws in Jersey City (effective January 24, 2014) and Newark (effective May 29,...more

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave — What In-House Counsel and Employers Need to Know

As indicated in a recent blog post in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Who Has Paid Sick Leave, Who Doesn’t, and What’s Changing,” paid sick leave traditionally was a benefit that only some employers provided, and in...more

President Obama Pushes Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Their Workers; What is the Impact on Employers?

Yesterday, President Barack Obama took the most significant steps yet to push for federally mandated paid leave for all American workers. In addition to signing a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to advance...more

California’s Sick Leave Law Will Require Altering Most PTO Programs by July 2015

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, mandating paid sick leave for most employees, including part-time, as well as many temporary employees. Employers...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015

Waiting for and Undergoing Security Checks Not Compensable Time - The United States Supreme Court recently held in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk et al. that time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift...more

An Update on the Epidemic: California’s Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law

On January 1, 2015, California 's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (California paid sick leave act) went into effect. When Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed the Act into law on September 10, 2014,...more

Countdown To July 1st: Preparing For California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Beginning July 1, 2015, California employers, with limited exceptions, must grant every employee 24 hours or three paid sick days each year. Even employers who are already providing paid sick leave face potential liability...more

Massachusetts Voters Guarantee Sick Leave

As we ring in the New Year, many employers take the opportunity to review their personnel policies to ensure that they are up to date. Leave laws often are at the forefront of new developments. Here in Massachusetts, voters...more

An Update on the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law – What You Should Know At Year End

What you need to know: As detailed in our November client alert, Massachusetts will require employers to grant at least forty hours of sick leave to their employees each year, effective on July 1, 2015. While the...more

California’s New Paid Sick Leave Requirements and What Employers Must Do Starting January 1, 2015

Earlier this year, the California Legislature passed the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) which requires all employers, regardless of size, to provide paid sick leave to employees. This new law imposes...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

New California Employment Laws for 2015 and Beyond

It is that time of year again, California. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow semi-colder (it is still California after all), a flurry of activity begins as employers revisit their policies and handbooks to assess...more

New Employment Laws Affecting California Businesses in 2015

The California Legislature recently enacted a number of new employment laws that will take effect in 2015 that will impact businesses in California. With the New Year quickly approaching, employers should review their...more

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

With the passing of AB 1522, California became the second state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which takes effect on July 1,...more

What’s Going Around: California Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave in 2015

The Solution: California Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1522 will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours of paid sick leave starting July 1, 2015....more

Massachusetts Becomes the Latest Jurisdiction to Require Paid Sick Leave

Massachusetts voters recently approved a ballot initiative amending the Commonwealth’s labor statute to require employers to provide workers with up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. The new law follows the enactment...more

New Laws and Court Decisions Should Prompt Review of Employee Handbooks for Most Employers

Handbooks in light of several recent legislative actions and judicial decisions. Employers should generally review and update Employee Handbooks as necessary on a yearly basis, but numerous changes will be necessary for most...more

Oakland Employers Need to Prepare for Increases in Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

The voters in Oakland recently passed Measure FF, which effective as of March 2, 2015, increases the minimum wage to $12.25, mandates up to 72 hours (equivalent to 9 days) of paid sick leave, and restricts hospitality...more

How to use annual leave to respond to market conditions

Mining company Glencore recently reacted to a depressed coal price by announcing a three week shutdown during which employees would be asked to take annual leave. As the Christmas period approaches, all organisations should...more

Don’t Let California’s Sick Leave Law Leave You Sick this New Year’s: Be Prepared to Comply on January 1!

California employers are facing a healthy dose of new requirements next month as the notice and posting provisions in the state’s recently enacted paid sick leave law take effect. To help employers comply before ringing in...more

Massachusetts Paid Sick Time Law: What Does This Mean For Me?

In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative that requires employers to provide sick time for all employees. Under this new law taking effect July 1, 2015, all employers in Massachusetts must allow employees...more

Employers Get Ready to Ring in the New Year with New California Laws For 2015

Last week marked the official start of the holiday season. As we're now racing towards the end of the year, and getting ready for parties, gifts, and, perhaps, (ugh!) holiday travel, employers also should be getting ready to...more

Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force Recommends Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

A task force appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to examine the impact of paid sick leave legislation recently released its final report that recommends Philadelphia employers with 15 or more workers should provide paid sick...more

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