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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

New York City Earned Sick Time Act Updates Take Effect: New Policies and Notices to Employees Required

by FordHarrison on

In November, the New York City Council passed a law amending the Earned Sick Time Act, changing the name to the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA), and allowing employees to use paid time off under ESSTA if they or their...more

Better Safe Than Sorry: Employers Rush to Comply With New York City’s Amended Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

On May 5, 2018, New York City’s amended Earned Safe and Sick Time Act became effective, commencing the countdown for employers to comply with the law’s new requirements. The amendments expand the Earned Sick Time Act in two...more

NYC Employers Must Take Immediate Steps to Comply with Expanded Sick Leave Law

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City recently expanded its paid sick leave law to provide protected time off to employees who are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking and to broaden the definition of a...more

Don’t Get Caught Playing a Game of Telephone – Importance of Consistent Messaging to Federal, State, and Local Agencies

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

You know the game of telephone – one person whispers a phrase into another’s ear, that person whispers the same phrase into another’s, and so on and so on until the final person is left with a phrase completely different from...more

San Francisco Revises Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Rules

by Littler on

On May 7, 2018, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) published revised rules concerning the city’s generous Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO)....more

Dear Boss: I'm sick. Please Don't Pay Me. Sincerely...

by Lewitt Hackman on

This may not be the best time of year to talk about sick leave. The days are longer. The sun is shining. The weather is hotter. And, workplaces... well, they don’t really change by the season. So maybe it is appropriate to...more

Senator Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill To Overhaul The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

As if gig businesses haven’t had enough bad news to digest in the past few weeks... fresh off the heels of the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Dynamex Operations case, members of Congress are now focusing on...more

Understanding Your Sexual Harassment Training Duties

by Verrill Dana LLP on

Multiple states (and some cities) have sexual harassment requirements for certain employers. Currently California, Connecticut, and Maine have training requirements in place and New York’s training requirement will take...more

NYC Expands Earned Sick Time Act to Cover “Safe Time” - Hedge Up: A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund and...

• New measure expands the NYC Earned Sick Time Act to Cover “Safe Time.” • Safe Time can be used when an employee or a member of the employee’s family has been the victim of a family offense matter, sexual offense,...more

The City That Never Works (Outside Normal Working Hours): NYC Proposes Right To Disconnect Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: “Thank you for your email, I will be out of the office from….” New York City employers might soon be seeing a lot more of these “out-of-office” emails from their employees if a recently proposed “Right to...more

New Jersey Enacts Paid Sick Leave Act

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Act”). The Act, which goes into effect on October 29, 2018, preempts all existing New Jersey municipal earned sick leave...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XLVII: New York and New Jersey Paid Sick Leave in Full Bloom

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As New York City’s amended paid sick leave ordinance, now called the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, went into effect on May 5, just days earlier New Jersey officially became home to the tenth statewide paid...more

Safe and Sick Time Law: New York City Publishes Revised Notice of Employee Rights

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has issued a revised Notice of Employee Rights under the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“ESSTA”) (formerly called the Earned Sick Time Act, or “ESTA”)....more

Superior Court Expands Definition Of “Discipline” Under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51q.

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2018, a Connecticut state court judge issued a decision giving a more expansive definition to the term “discipline” as it is used in Connecticut General Statutes § 31-51q (“Section 31-51q”). In doing so, the...more

New Jersey Becomes Tenth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Do I need to provide paid sick leave to employees in New Jersey? A. Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act, mandating paid sick leave for full and part-time...more

NLRB Voids Hospital ID Policy that Bans Union Insignia Without Regard to Patient Visibility

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Inc., 366 NLRB No. 66 (April 20, 2018), the Board ruled that the hospital employer’s prohibition of non-approved pins and badges was unlawfully overbroad. As a general rule, employees...more

NLRB Holds that Hospital's Dress Code Policies Violate the NLRA

by FordHarrison on

In a 2-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) held that a hospital’s policy that required direct patient care providers to wear hospital branded badge reels violated the National Labor...more

Agency workers summary - what you need to know

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In the UK, agency workers' rights are protected under the agency workers Regulations 2010 (AWR). These regulations aim to prevent the exploitation of agency workers. Some employers may be inclined to afford agency workers...more

Labor Board Back to Five Member Composition – What Obama-Era Precedent Is Next on the Chopping Block?

On April 11, 2018, former management lawyer John Ring was confirmed via a 50-48 party-line vote to serve on the five-member National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). Ring will replace Chairman Marvin Kaplan, another member of...more

Last Gasp for Narrow Rules Review? NLRB Holds Hospital Badge Policy Unlawfully Prevented Employees From Wearing Union Insignia

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (called “MHS”), an acute care hospital, had a policy for direct care providers that stated “[identification] badge reels may only be branded with [MHS] approved logos or text.” A 2-1...more

Chicago Considering Predictive Scheduling: What Employers Need to Know

Following a growing nationwide trend, the Chicago City Council is considering new legislation that would require employers to pay employees for any scheduling changes made with less than two weeks’ notice. If passed, the...more

New York City Mandates Cooperative Dialogue for Accommodation Requests

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

New York City maintains some of the most expansive and comprehensive human rights laws in the nation. Two new amendments to the city’s laws, which address the process that employers (and other covered entities, such as public...more

Pruitthealth Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Raleigh Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Refused to Accommodate Pregnant Nursing Assistant and Forced Resignation, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - PruittHealth-Raleigh, LLC, a Georgia corporation doing business...more

Sneaky Section 7 Traps for the Unwary Employer

With only about 6.5 percent of workers in the private sector being represented by unions, many private sector employers pay little, if any, attention to the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Part II

Now that the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect April 1, 2018, it is time for employers to confirm that they are taking steps to ensure compliance with the PWFA....more

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