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New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from applicants for employment....more

Now It’s Pennsylvania’s Turn – Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Increases to Minimum Salary Requirements for State Law Overtime...

As many will recall, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations in May 2016 that would have increased dramatically the minimum salary requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” overtime exemptions. ...more

Maryland Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect on February 11, 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Absent further action by the Maryland General Assembly, a new sick leave law known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Law”) will take effect in Maryland by February 11, 2018. ...more

Maryland's Healthy Working Families Act Requires Employers in the State to Provide Sick/Safe Leave

by FordHarrison on

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Legislature overrode Governor Hogan’s 2017 veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”). As a result, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees are now required to provide...more

A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy—officially in office just two days—has already begun to implement many of the "progressive" policy changes he promised on the campaign trail and transform New Jersey into the "California of the East."...more

Harvey Weinstein, Tax Reform, And Nondisclosures - Oh My!

by Roetzel & Andress on

There is no doubt that the movement known as #MeToo has brought workplace sexual harassment to the forefront of conversation and is both a top priority and concern for all employers. One of the many names associated with this...more

Maryland Becomes the Latest State to Require Paid Sick and Safe Leave

by Littler on

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland legislature overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) 2017 veto of the Healthy Working Families Act, Maryland HB 1 (“the Act”), enacting legislation that requires Maryland businesses to provide...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

Five Important Employment Trends for Massachusetts Retailers in 2018

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Having survived the holiday shopping season, retailers should begin to prepare for any new employment laws that will go into effect in the coming year (and, of course, should ensure that they are complying with existing...more

It's Official: Trump Names John Ring For NLRB Vacancy

As we have expected, President Trump this week nominated John Ring, former law partner of former Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra, to fill the vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board that was created when Mr. Miscimarra...more

New Paid Family Leave Tax Credit

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes a provision that eases the burden for employers who adopt paid family and medical leave policies. The Tax Act added a new federal tax credit available...more

Helping Employers Wade Through the Weeds of California's Marijuana Legalization Law

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which immediately made it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess and cultivate specific amounts of marijuana for...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XLII: Maryland Becomes Ninth State To Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following successful votes by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a 2017 paid sick leave bill, on January 12, 2018 Maryland became the ninth state in the...more

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs First Executive Order for Equal Pay and Gender Equality

by Genova Burns LLC on

In his first official act as Governor of the State of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on January 16, 2018 promoting equal pay for equal work in New Jersey. The Executive Order, which is set to take...more

New Tax Bill Includes Novel “Harvey Weinstein” Provision to Prevent Sexual Harassment

by Reed Smith on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with the goal of completely revamping the tax code. In addition to changing many basic facets of tax law, the bill also includes a provision in...more

#MeToo Impacts Harassment Damages/Taxes

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes an unheralded change to the tax law that will directly affect sexual harassment settlements. As a direct result of the recent highly-publicized cases...more

FMLA Tax Credit Available For Some Employers Who Offer Paid Leave

by Snell & Wilmer on

Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year...more

USCIS to Resume Accepting Applications to Renew DACA

by Littler on

On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

Sessions Isn’t Blowing Smoke—Marijuana Enforcement Is Back on the Books

by Blank Rome LLP on

At the beginning of January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum rescinding the Obama-era approach to marijuana enforcement, which had largely been “hands-off” on prosecuting marijuana users and...more

#MeToo Movement Sparks State Legislation Attempting to Eliminate Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Employers and employees alike may see big changes in the upcoming year regarding state laws dealing with sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Following the allegations against former film producer Harvey Weinstein...more

Vote On Scott Mugno To Lead OSHA Delayed

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A vote on Scott Mugno to become the head of OSHA has been postponed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Mr. Mugno had already won approval by the committee on a straight-party line vote on...more

Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto of Paid Sick Leave Law

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate voted 30-17 to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) which passed the Maryland General Assembly last year. The Maryland...more

California Legislature Increases Benefits for Employees on Family Leave and State Disability

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

For periods of disability commencing on or after January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 908 will increase the benefits provided to individuals in the Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance programs. AB 908 raises the level...more

General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto: Maryland Employers Have Less Than 30 Days to Implement Paid Sick Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last year, we reported that Governor Hogan had vetoed legislation that would have required most employers in Maryland to provide paid sick leave. In one of its first actions in 2018, the General Assembly overrode the...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2018 #2

Some welcome hot air has finally come to D.C., and it’s not just coming from the mouths of politicians and regulators. Seriously. It’s 60 degrees today in D.C.! This time last week, it was 20 degrees. That’s quite a flip-flop...more

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