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Update: Santa Monica Amends Minimum Wage Ordinance, Delays Sick Pay Implementation.

Seyfarth Synopsis: Santa Monica has amended its Minimum Wage Ordinance to postpone implementation of its paid sick leave entitlements, now starting January 1, 2017 instead of July 1, 2016, and create a two phase...more

Everyone Keeps Focusing On Independent Contractors, So We Will Too…

If it looks like “Independent Contractor vs. Employee Week” on Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, that may be a function of the fact that misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a hot topic for...more

New York State Increases Minimum Wage and Enacts Paid Family Leave

For employers with employees in New York State, the cost of doing business in the state is going to go up due to recent legislation. New York State recently passed the following two important changes in the law which will...more

What GCs Need to Know About Reductions in Force

Reductions in force (“RIFs”) are group terminations, usually driven by the financial condition or business needs of the employer. An employer’s General Counsel, even though responsible for protecting the employer from legal...more

The Ripple Effect of New York's Minimum Wage Increase - Part I: The Non-Hospitality Industry

Companies with employees in New York may feel ripple effects of New York's upcoming minimum wage increases in ways they may not have considered, resulting in a heavier financial burden for many. As detailed in our HR...more

Uber Willing to Pay $100 Million to Keep Its Drivers Classified as Independent Contractors

Recently, Uber announced that it agreed to pay drivers in California and Massachusetts $100 million in an effort to ensure that the drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. In just six years, Uber has...more

New Employee Wage and Benefits Legislation That All New York State Employers Must Know

On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in connection with New York’s 2016-2017 budget that will impact employers large and small throughout the State. In addition to annual increases to the minimum wage...more

Some pre- and post-shift activity not compensable

In recent years, a number of collective action wage and hour disputes involving the donning and doffing of protective work clothing have made their way through the courts. And in many of those cases, the employers have been...more

Orchestra Left Without A Chair When The Music Stops: Another Independent Contractor Misclassification

How independent are musicians who play and perform with others? Do they have more artistic control on their own, or do they only become truly great artists in collaboration with others when their independent talents combine...more

A Salary "Credit" Is Already "Permitted"

The U.S. Labor Department's commentary regarding its proposed federal Fair Labor Standards Act Section 13(a)(1) exemption regulations said that it might "permit" employers to "count" or "credit" against the impending higher...more

Proposed German Equal Pay Act May Complicate Remuneration Issues

Statistics reveal a difference of 7 percent between the remuneration paid to men and that paid to women with the same qualifications in Germany. The average hourly wage even shows a difference of 22 percent, making pay...more

What lies beyond enterprise bargaining?

In 1993, the Keating government passed laws to move Australia towards a “system based primarily on bargaining at the workplace, with much less reliance on arbitration at the apex” (Laurie Brereton MP, Minister for Industrial...more

Representative Evidence May Or May Not Be Sufficient

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case holding that representative evidence can be used in class/collective actions to the same extent that it could be used in an individual action may not have the broad application hoped for by...more

NLRB Regional Director Files a Complaint Alleging that Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors is an Unfair Labor...

On April 18, the Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”)’s Los Angeles office issued an unfair labor practice complaint against a transportation company, alleging that the company had...more

The Beat Goes On: D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB View That Orchestra Musicians Are Employees

Last week, a federal appeals court enforced a ruling by the NLRB that orchestra musicians are employees, not independent contractors. The import of the decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB is sure to reverberate...more

Big Bucks for Baby-Bonding: San Francisco Passes Employer-Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

Staying true to form, earlier this month San Francisco passed the nation’s first fully-paid parental leave law known as the Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance (“Paid Parental Leave Ordinance”). ...more

Los Angeles Votes to Enact Paid Sick Leave Policy

The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of adopting a paid sick leave ordinance which, if approved, would provide six days of paid sick leave per year, with carry-over of 72 hours. An exemption for small employers was...more

Minimum Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption Likely to Be $50,544

In preparing for the soon-to-be published revisions to the federal overtime regulations under Part 541 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), one of the significant challenges employers face is continuing uncertainty as to...more

Uber Drivers to Remain Independent Contractors…For Now

Uber, the independent taxi service where you can “drive your car and be your own boss,” has long attracted controversy for classifying its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Class-action lawsuits claiming...more

Uber Class Action Settlement Faces Objections from Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Uber’s recently announced $100 million settlement to resolve the O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. class action, in which plaintiffs sought an order deeming them employees, rather than independent contractors, already faces...more

EEOC Proposes to Collect Pay Data from Certain Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently proposed a revision to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”) that would require certain employers to submit aggregate data on employee pay and hours...more

8 Things Employers Need to Know About San Francisco’s New Fully Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

On April 21, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee signed The Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance making San Francisco the first U.S. city mandating employees are provided with six weeks of fully paid parental leave for the...more

Employer Guide to Family and Medical Leave Act

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, has issued a new guide for employers on the Family and Medical Leave Act....more

Connecticut Businesses Should Exercise Caution on DOL’s New FMLA Guide for Employers

Over the years in the employment law “blawgosphere” (isn’t there a better term by now?), I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with and conferring with several other attorneys who blog. One of those is Jeff Nowak, whose FMLA...more

Uber Aims to Settle Two Class Actions; Approximately 385,000 Uber Drivers in California and Massachusetts to Remain Independent...

Last Thursday, Uber settled two closely-watched class actions contesting Uber’s classification of approximately 385,000 drivers in California and Massachusetts as independent contractors as opposed to employees. While the...more

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