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Howard’s End of the Week Roundup - January 21

by Fisher Phillips on

I started these posts after my partner Travis Vance and I realized that our clients and Firm friends are eager for information in areas other than labor, OSHA, and employment law. A number of nationally renowned thought...more

Reminder: New York Paid Family Leave Is Now In Effect

Did you get your first request for paid family leave yet? Well it’s finally here – New York State’s Paid Family Leave law finally touched down in workplaces across the state on New Year’s Day. As of this writing, millions of...more

Shifty Business V: New NYC Law Allows Employees To Request Temporary Schedule Changes; Comment Period For NYS Call-In Pay Rules...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new NYC law entitles employees to two temporary schedule changes per year for certain personal events. Separately, the comment period for call-in pay rules proposed by the State DOL has been extended to...more

The New Year Brings New Rules to New York

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As January draws to a close, New York employers are confronting the reality of many new laws and regulations that govern the employment relationship – from the new Paid Family Leave law, to the new federal tax law. We are...more

California Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants About Salary History

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

California is on a roll with new employment-related laws effective January 1, 2018. The latest relates to salary history disclosures by job applicants. There is essentially a complete prohibition on an employer, either orally...more

It’s Here! Veto Override Vote Makes Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act a New Maryland Law

by Baker Donelson on

We previously updated you about the status and provisions of the Maryland Health Working Families Act (the “Act”), which would mandate paid sick and safe leave of up to 40 hours. After much angst and a few political...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

Growing Support for Legalized Marijuana in New England, Despite Uncertainty

by Wilson Elser on

Recent developments in three New England states indicate that popular support for legalized marijuana is growing, even as the federal government reverses the hands-off policy of the previous administration....more

NY State of Mind: New State and City Laws (Part 2)

by Reed Smith on

This is the second in a series of blog posts concerning recent employment law developments in New York State and City: In early November, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill expanding the City’s paid sick leave...more

Cheers to Lifting Blue Laws on Pub Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Separation of church and state? Not so much when it comes to some liquor laws. For centuries, the so-called “blue laws” have placed restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts. To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more

Maryland Paid Sick Leave Effective February 12

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Certain Maryland employers must begin offering paid sick and safe leave to their employees under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act beginning February 12, 2018. The Act requires Maryland businesses with at least 15...more

Maryland Sick Leave Act Will Be Law in Maryland in 30 Days

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the General Assembly’s paid leave bill from last year’s legislative session. As such, the paid leave bill (formally known as the Maryland...more

Portland's Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban Upheld by Court of Appeals

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On January 4, 2018, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision[1] in the case brought by Petitioners Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, and Center for Sustainable Economy, among others, to attempt to uphold...more

Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The skies are a little friendlier for drones now that the Dutch police have suspended their squad of drone-hunting eagles. This is also great news for retailers, as drone popularity continues to soar with overall electronics...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different,...more

Ringing in 2018 with New Ban-The-Box Laws

by Littler on

Over the past few years, employers have come to expect new ban-the-box laws, and 2018 is no exception: one state law was amended and one new local law was enacted. ...more

New York’s New Paid Family Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know

by Hogan Lovells on

We’ve previously written about the NYPFL here, but this post focuses on how employers should prepare now that the NYPFL has taken effect, and how employers should prepare when an employee decides to take paid leave....more

California Statewide and Local Minimum Wage Rates to Increase in 2018

California's minimum wage rate increased on January 1, 2018, to $11.00 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees and $10.50 per hour for those with 25 or fewer employees. The increase is a result of California...more

Super Bowl LII: An Update on Short-Term Rentals

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Super Bowl LII hosted in Minnesota will impact just about every area of our economy, including real estate. In a prior article, I discussed issues surrounding short-term rental of homes to accommodate the influx of members of...more

New Procedures for Handling Juvenile Police Records for Illinois Municipalities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Public Act 100-0285, recently signed into law, amends the Illinois Juvenile Court Act. The amendment prohibits law enforcement agencies from disclosing records involving minors who commit ordinance violations. • The...more

New Minimum Wage Laws Take Effect Across the Nation

by Hogan Lovells on

For many workers throughout the US, the New Year has begun with increased hourly wages.  On January 1, 2018, 18 states and 22 cities/counties across the nation increased their minimum wage.  ...more

Happy New Year! New York Employees Are Now Entitled To Paid Family Leave

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, all New York employers, regardless of size, must offer paid family leave to their employees. Hopefully, employers already have revised policies in anticipation of the law taking effect....more

Spokane Follows Seattle’s Lead, Passes “Ban-the-Box” Ordinance

The City of Spokane, Washington, recently enacted Ordinance No. C-35564, making Spokane the second municipality (joining Seattle) in Washington state to “ban the box.” This new law limits when employers can inquire into and...more

Reminder: New York Wage Thresholds Increase on December 31, 2017

Last year New York State made significant changes to its wage orders resulting in increases to the State’s minimum wage, white collar overtime exemption salary thresholds, tip, meal and lodging credits, and uniform...more

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