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California Affordable Housing Authority Bill Signed Into Law

California Assembly Bill 1598 (Mullin) (“AB 1598”), signed into law by the Governor on October 13, 2017, authorizes cities and counties to create new affordable housing authorities for the purpose of financing low- and...more

New York Mayor Expands Paid Sick Leave Law: Employers Required to Provide Paid ‘Safe Leave’ for Abuse Victims

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the “Earned Safe and Sick Time Act” into law. The new law, which will take effect on May 5, 2018, expands the purposes for which employees may use sick leave,...more

New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

by Fisher Phillips on

Under legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are required to display a workplace poster related to transgender rights. The legislation, Senate Bill 396,...more

New Law Provides Alternative Method of Compliance with Water Use Monitoring Requirements

by Downey Brand LLP on

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 589, effective until January 1, 2023, provides an alternative method to comply with the water use reporting and monitoring requirements of Senate Bill 88. Instead of having to consult with a professional...more

Update: New York Paid Family Leave Law Becomes Effective on January 1, 2018

As we previously reported, New York State adopted the New York Paid Family Leave Law (“Paid Leave Law”) back in April 2016. The Paid Leave Law, which requires employers in New York State to provide up to 12 weeks of paid...more

Texas' Proposition 2 Expands Home Equity Loan Market for Lenders and Consumers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On November 7, Texans approved Proposition 2 by a more than 2-1 majority. The measure amends section 50(a) of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution, making changes to the home equity loan (HEL) market in the state. Notably,...more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

House of Representatives Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Senate Finance Committee Approves Modified Version; Comparison...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “House bill”). The House bill is identical to the draft bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on November 10. Late...more

Incoming Mayor Was in Good Position to Laugh as GOP Took Aim, and then...

by PretiFlaherty on

Paul Heroux, the Democrat state representative in 2nd Bristol District, was elected the next mayor of Attleboro on Tuesday, November 7, ousting a 14-year incumbent, Kevin Dumas, by a margin of 54% to 46% -- what you call a...more

Changes to Illinois Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act Become Law

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, which requires insurers to periodically match their policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts against the United States Social Security Administration’s Death Master...more

Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell in Job Interview?

by Ruder Ware on

A number of states have passed legislation prohibiting an employer from asking a candidate for a new job about his or her salary history in other employment settings. While such a law has not passed in the State of Wisconsin,...more

Massachusetts Creates Yet Another Category of Employee Leave for 2018

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Massachusetts employers long have had reasonable accommodations obligations to disabled or handicapped employees. And most employers long have understood that a reasonable accommodation can be a leave of absence for the...more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

Episode 28: Universal Basic Income – Not as Far Off as You May Think

by Akerman LLP on

Matt Steinberg welcomes Hawaii State Representative, Chris Lee, who helped pass the first state law in support of universal basic income (“UBI”). Whether you are for or against it, the concept of UBI is straightforward – it...more

Calif.’s “Mass Mailing” Rule Amended by SB 45 - Certain Government-Funded Mailings Prohibited 60 Days Before an Election

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Two changes were made to the California Political Reform Act when Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 45 last month. The first is a technical amendment that codifies the FPPC regulations directly into the Act. More importantly,...more

Orange County Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Though over 71% of Florida voters in 2016 approved Amendment 2 to allow medical marijuana, the numbers were higher in Orange County. Over 73% of Orange County voters said yes to Amendment 2, and that support was reflected in...more

An In-Depth Look at New York’s New Data Security Bill

First in a two-part series. As we reported last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has introduced a bill aimed at protecting New Yorkers from data breaches. The Stop Hacks and Improve Data Security Act or...more

New York State to Address Employee Scheduling

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City’s Fair Workweek Law takes effect on November 26, 2017, thereby limiting the scheduling options and reducing the flexibility of retail and fast food employers. Not to be outdone, New York State is about to add...more

States take pay disparity laws a step further by banning pay history inquiries

by McAfee & Taft on

Many states already have laws aimed at closing the wage gap. Whether they are couched as pay disparity, pay equity, equal pay, or pay transparency laws, the goal is the same – equal pay to women for equal work. Some states...more

California Law Mandates Parental Leave for Small Businesses With 20+ Employees

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 63 last month, which makes CFRA applicable to businesses with 20+ employees. Under the bill, the California Government Code will be amended as of January 1, 2018 to permit eligible employees...more

Albany County, New York Passes Salary History Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In line with a wave of salary history bans going into effect across the country, Albany County, New York just passed its own salary history ban. ...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

by Littler on

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, employers look ahead to the next wave of labor and employment regulations. On January 1, 2018, and throughout the coming year, employers across the nation will confront a host of...more

Leveraging SB1 Funding: Considerations for California Public Entities Entitled to Receive SB1 Revenues and their Financial...

In April 2017, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was enacted in California (also known as California Senate Bill “SB1”). Key facts about SB1 are as follows...more

Montgomery County Council Approves Increase In Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

On November 7, 2017, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 for employers with more than 50 employees (the “Bill”). Mid-size businesses, with 11...more

Ahead of Schedule? What Oregon’s Fair Work Week Bill Means to the Retail, Hospitality, and Food Service Industries

In case you didn’t know, Oregon enacted the “Fair Work Week” law, making it the first state to legally restrict the scheduling practices of employers in the service sector. The highlights include... ...more

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