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The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...more

Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017:  Labor and Employment

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year which will impact on manufacturers. Notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” here is my take on 2017....more

The Trump Card: What’s In Store for the Workplace in 2017 and Beyond?

On November 3, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board issued a Decision and Order in Trump Ruffin Commercial, LLC, finding that the Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas unlawfully refused to bargain with UNITE HERE...more

The Final Four Binding PAC Opinions of 2016 Remind School Districts of FOIA and OMA Requirements

In the final days of the year, the Illinois Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued four binding opinions that reiterate the requirements of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Below is a...more

Government Contracts Increasingly Further Labor-Policy Goals

This past year, the federal government implemented a variety of rules requiring that its contractors meet certain fair-labor requirements. For example, a federal rule finalized in September requires federal contractors to...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

Last week, outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released a farewell “Memorandum to the American People.” It mostly reads as a recap of the DOL’s news releases over the past several years, touting various DOL initiatives...more

Why Learning How to Count to 26 Just Became Important: Recent Changes to California and Local Minimum Wage Laws

Recently California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) issued an FAQ concerning 2016 legislative changes that impact the state minimum wage in 2017 and future years. The most notable change was the creation of...more

Coming Soon to Philadelphia: No More Questioning Applicants’ Wage History

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed Bill No. 160840, a wage equity ordinance (the “Ordinance”), that will amend Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance to prohibit employers or employment agencies from inquiring...more

Minimum Wages Climb

Workers will now receive higher minimum wages mandated by state law in 19 states, effective this month. Florida’s minimum wage increased to $8.10 an hour from $8.05 an hour, effective January 1. Tipped employees in Florida...more

Major Changes to New York Overtime and Minimum Wage Regulations to Take Effect on December 31, 2016

As of December 31, 2016, employers wishing to claim an administrative or executive exemption to New York State’s overtime regulations must raise each exempt employee’s salary threshold to $727.50-$825.00 per week, depending...more

Effective January 1, 2017: New Federal Contractor Paycheck Transparency, Independent Contractor Notice, and Paid Sick Leave...

On January 1, 2017, new federal contract paycheck transparency, independent contractor notification, and paid sick leave requirements go into effect.  Below we summarize the key elements of these new regulatory requirements....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2016

Last month, the IRS issued final regulations repealing its rule requiring that a Form 1099-C be filed whenever a financial institution (or certain other limited taxpayers) fails to receive payment on a debt for 36 consecutive...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

Pay By Another Name Might Be Salt

Yesterday’s post concerned the classification of directors and officers as employees for purposes of California’s workers’ compensation law. Effective January 1, 2017, California Labor Code Section 3351(c) will define...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

Federal Overtime Rule Injunction Calls for State-Level Attention

Many businesses let out a sigh of relief after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements for exempt executive,...more

Employment Law Changes in the Trump Administration

When Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will enjoy Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, which should allow him to take quick action on a number of employment law issues. Although there issome...more

NY State Prepared to Increase Salary Level for Certain Overtime Exceptions

Proposed amendments to the New York State Wage Orders significantly increase the salary levels needed for employers to qualify for the executive and administrative exceptions under the New York Labor Law....more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

Penn Students Seek Rehearing, DOL Files Brief in OT Rules Appeal

Just a quick update on a couple of our recent stories for you wage and hour litigation junkies: Back on December 5, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a case in which two former...more

Puerto Rico Employers Cannot Withhold Income Taxes for Christmas Bonuses of $600 or Less

Pursuant to the current income tax withholding rules issued by the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury, there are specific income tax withholding rules applicable when a Christmas bonus is paid, which differ from those...more

The Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Will Ban Employers From Asking Prospective Employees About Their Past Wages and Fringe Benefits

On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed a Wage Equity Bill that prohibits employers from asking about a prospective employee’s wage and fringe benefits history. The Bill has been publicly supported by...more

We’re Entering TrumpWorld – The Fed to Raise Rates Today

As the Fed wraps up their last of its eight 2-day meetings this year it’s likely to raise its key short-term interest rate by 0.25% or 25 basis points. So, what’s motivating the Fed to raise the rate? A number of factors...more

An Early Holiday Boost to Low-Wage Silicon Valley Workers?: San José Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance and Accelerates The...

The New Year will bring significant changes to the local employment laws affecting Silicon Valley-area employers, with measures aimed at reducing the expansion of the part-time workforce and increasing the minimum wage....more

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