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‘Don’t Panic’: Members of the Public Have Opportunity to Address Seattle Hotel Worker Rules

by Lane Powell PC on

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has begun its rulemaking process for the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative, also known as Initiative 124. This Ordinance, in effect since December 2016, is...more

New Law Increases Cal/OSHA Penalties and Changes Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Rules

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Senate Bill 96, the California state budget bill, includes some employment-related “trailer bills” that accompany the main budget bill, including the following: Cal/OSHA Penalty Increases: SB 96 increases penalties for...more

2018 Legislative Update for California Employers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

California has had yet another banner year closing the 2017 legislative session with a spate of new employment laws imposing additional compliance obligations on employers. Bucking the anti-regulatory tide in Washington, DC,...more

DLSE Issues New Guidance On Rest Breaks – Is Your Handbook Up To Date?

by Weintraub Tobin on

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) recently issued updated guidance regarding rest breaks that reverses its previous position, which permitted employers to require that employees stay on work premises during...more

DLSE Reverses Its Position On California Rest Breaks

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In November 2017, the California Labor Commissioner’s office, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”), published updated guidance on employer provided paid 10-minute rest breaks. Specifically, the DLSE maintains...more

"Wage Theft"/"Wage Recovery" Bills Introduced

by Fisher Phillips on

Pending proposals would radically transform the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the related federal Portal-to-Portal Act.  Entitled the "Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act" in both the House (H.R. 3467) and the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before the Office of Hearings and Appeals - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has amended the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings...more

New York City "Freelance Isn't Free Act" To Take Effect

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The New York City “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (FIFA) takes effect on May 15, 2017. The first of its kind in the country, FIFA was designed to protect independent contractors by imposing a number of strict requirements on...more

New Rights for Freelance Workers in New York City

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New York City has become the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers through legislation to prevent client non-payment, which is alleged to have become widespread. Some sources have estimated that 4 million...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Checklist - What You Need to Know

by Lane Powell PC on

Final rules for the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance were published on April 13 by the City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS). Although the Scheduling Ordinance and Final Rules will dramatically change how...more

The Top 10 Government Contracting Compliance Headaches in 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the government contracting industry, compliance related issues tend to take place. With administration and party changes, 2017 promises to offer additional complexities. Confusion amongst government contracting...more

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year in Review - From case law interpreting one of, if not, the most employee-friendly independent contractor statute in the country to Beacon Hill’s efforts to pass non-competition...more

NYC Enacts Law Protecting Freelance Workers

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Int. No. 1017-C, dubbed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“Act”), a unique law that provides penalties for failure to follow certain standards in contracting with and...more

Freelance Isn’t Free Act Signed by Mayor De Blasio

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, granting protections for freelancers in New York City, was signed by Mayor De Blasio on November 16, 2016. The law, on which we previously reported in detail here, will go...more

New York City Legislation Protecting Gig Workers Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On October 27, 2016, the New York City Council passed legislation that would establish protections for freelance workers. “Establishing protections for freelance workers” (Int 1017-2015) protects independent contractors’...more

New York City Passes Freelancer Wage Protection Law

by Morgan Lewis on

Hiring parties should review their current contracts with freelance workers in New York City to ensure compliance with the new bill. The New York City Council has passed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed, a bill with...more

Businesses Everywhere Take Note: NYC Independent Contractor Law Will Have Impact Well Beyond the City

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it likely contracts with one or more independent contractors who live or work in New York City. If your company does so, take note. On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed...more

“Freelance Isn’t Free” Says the New York City Council

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” passed by the New York City Council on October 28, 2016 requires, among other things, a written contract for services between a hiring party and a freelance worker in most...more

New York City to Pass Protections for Freelance Workers

by Littler on

On October 27, 2016, the New York City Council approved a bill that would establish protections for freelance workers.  It is expected that Mayor DiBlasio will sign the bill into law in the near future....more

NYC Council Passes Bill Protecting Freelance Workers

Yesterday the New York City Council passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, a local law (No. 1017-2015) establishing protections for freelance workers. The bill now goes to the Mayor’s desk for signature....more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect July 1, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, which applies to large retail and food service employers in Seattle. It requires these employers to provide employees with...more

BIG BROTHER: Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance Will Be Watching Employers’ Every Move

by Lane Powell PC on

On September 19, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a secure scheduling ordinance that will regulate how large retail stores and food-service employers schedule workers working in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray is expected...more

Seattle Office of Labor Standards Announces “Soft Launch” for Enforcement of Amendments to Labor Standards Ordinances

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (“OLS”) released guidance on Friday, April 1, 2016, announcing a “soft launch” for enforcing the new amendments to Seattle’s Labor Standards Ordinances (Paid Sick and Safe Time (“PSST”),...more

Federal Law Applies in Calculating Overtime on Flat Sum Bonuses

Paying employees a bonus may trigger the obligation to pay retroactive overtime. The good news is that Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation of California clarifies that it is lawful for California employers to use the...more

California Court Approves FLSA Formula For Flat Bonuses

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

The California Court of Appeal provided employers with a small New Year’s gift for 2016: on January 14, in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation of California, it affirmed that an employer’s formula for calculating overtime,...more

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