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Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Mechanism for Prosecuting Worker Misclassification

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On August 11, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) was signed into law. The new law, which will take effect on December 31, 2017, provides a mechanism that allows workers to more easily report—and...more

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Appears Inevitable for Maryland Businesses

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Last legislative session the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) (“the Act”), which required employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. Although...more

Florida Appellate Court: State Law Does Not Allows Local Minimum Wage Ordinances

An appellate court has denied Miami Beach’s latest effort to establish a mandatory minimum wage for employees in that city. Earlier this year, Miami Beach’s minimum wage law, which was intended to raise the mandatory...more

Portland Residential Home Energy Score Requirement Takes Effect January 1

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Starting January 1, 2018, single-family home sellers in Portland will be required to report a Home Energy Score (HES) to potential buyers. The HES is a federally-developed measurement of the energy-related use and associated...more

Alert: New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law Updates

by Cooley LLP on

Beginning on January 1, 2018, employers in New York must offer family leave benefits to eligible employees under the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL), including partial wage replacement and job protection for up...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

New Year, New Laws: 2018 California Employment Roundup

by Vedder Price on

California employers will be ringing in the new year with additional and expanded legal obligations. Laws taking effect January 1 include: - California “Bans the Box” – Employers with five or more employees will be...more

NYC Amends the Earned Sick Time Act, Expands Coverage

by Hogan Lovells on

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law amending and expanding the NYC Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA). The law previously allowed full-time and part-time NYC employees who work more than 80 hours in...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New P3 Legislation

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We previously wrote about Miami-Dade County’s proposed new P3 legislation, both when it was initially proposed, and prior to it being considered by the subcommittee of jurisdiction, the Government Operations Committee....more

Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...more

Employment Law Reporter - December 2017: New Local Laws Will Impact Employers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Over the past few years an increasing number of cities and counties have become active in regulating the activities of employers. This year has been no different, and commencing in 2018, employers should prepare for a number...more

Spokane City Council Approves “Ban-the-Box” Ordinance for Private Sector Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Spokane City Council recently approved a “ban-the-box” ordinance, which, if it becomes law, will prohibit employers from requesting and considering criminal history until after an interview. The Mayor...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

Update on State and Local Bans on Salary History Inquiries

by Goodwin on

A number of jurisdictions have recently passed laws prohibiting employers from inquiring into the salary history of job applicants, sometimes as a part of broader pay equity laws. New York City’s salary inquiry ban is in full...more

Keep Calm and Call the Lawyer: Understanding the Role of a Municipal Solicitor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Newly elected officials may be surprised to discover their votes and actions have legal implications. Preventing a resident from speaking at a public meeting may result in a violation of the First Amendment and a civil rights...more

The 12 days of Christmas – California Labor & Employment Edition – Day 1 "Ban the Box"

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

UAS: Preemption Means Preemption!!

by LeClairRyan on

State and local governments have not been shy about attempting to regulate almost every aspect of drone operations. Some of these efforts have been completely appropriate and aimed at areas subject to local control, such as...more

Art in Public Places: Regulatory Burden or Opportunity?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The concept of art in public places is well-established in the United States. As early as the 1930s, the federal government created New Deal programs that paid artists to create works of art for display in municipal buildings...more

New York Rings In Significant Employment Law Changes For The New Year

by Cole Schotz on

New York employers should be ready to kick-off 2018 with a slew of updated policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the State’s changing legal landscape. As we say “goodbye” to 2017, New York must say “hello” to the...more

Miami-Dade Imposes Regulations On Peer-To-Peer Short Term Rentals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Miami is know for fun, sun, beaches and is a top spot for people looking to vacation or get together with friends or family for reunions and parties. As a result, Miami-Dade County has been one of the busiest areas for...more

San Francisco Regulators Provide Anticipated Guidance For Lactation Ordinance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In June 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide a private “lactation location” where new mothers can pump their milk as well as a “lactation break”...more

Florida’s “Vacation Rental” Laws To Be Readdressed in 2018 Legislative Session

Florida’s state legislators have begun filing their initial bill proposals for the 2018 Legislative Session, and it looks like the battle over local government regulation of vacation rentals (a.k.a. “short-term” rentals) will...more

Regulations Adopted for Retail and Fast Food Establishments Under NYC “Fair Workweek” Law

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs has adopted regulations regarding the Fair Workweek Law (“FWL”), which place detailed requirements that severely limit the flexibility and operational discretion of covered employers...more

Shifty Business IV: NYC Fair Workweek Law And Final Rules Are Now Effective

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has issued final rules to implement the Fair Workweek Law, which imposes significant constraints on shift scheduling in the retail and fast food industries...more

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