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General Contractors Now Liable In Private Construction For Wage And Fringe Benefit Liabilities Of Subcontractors

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1701. This law imposes liability on general contractors for wage and fringe benefit liabilities of its subcontractors. This law applies to all contracts entered...more

6 Ways Employers Sink Their Own Ships

It’s not always the employee’s fault when things go bad for an employer. Sometimes the employer has no one to blame but itself. Here are six of the most common ways employers sink their own ships....more

Florida Increases Its Minimum Wage for 2018

On October 13, 2017, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that, effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in the State of Florida will increase from $8.10 per hour to $8.25. This increase is tied...more

California Governor Signs “New Parent Leave Act”

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 63 (“the New Parent Leave Act”). Under the new law, employers may not refuse to allow certain employees to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond...more

Third Circuit Affirms Bright-Line FLSA Rule on Short Breaks, and Rejects Employer’s ‘Good-Faith’ Absent Disclosure of Legal Advice

by Reed Smith on

On October 13, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that short breaks during the work day of 20 minutes or fewer are compensable as a “bright-line rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The case,...more

So You Want to Give Your Employee a Bonus?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There are many reasons employers give bonuses to employees. Bonuses are a motivator. They effectively reward past contributions. Bonuses also allow employers to provide additional compensation to the workforce on a one-time...more

Smaller Employers in California Required to Provide Job-Protected Unpaid Parental Leave Starting January 1, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the New Parent Leave Act, which will become effective January 1, 2018 and requires California employers with 20 to 49 employees within 75 miles to provide up to 12-weeks of job-protected unpaid...more

Florida Increasing State Minimum Wage by Two Percent

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

While advocates across the country continue to demand states increase their minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, Florida decided to forgo large scale reform and increase its minimum wage by only two percent. Effective January 1,...more

Paid Family Leave Policies May Not All Be Equal: Starbucks Investors Questioning Differing Application of Paid Family Leave Policy

If your company has a family leave policy that goes beyond the legal requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), does that policy need to apply to all employee levels equally? No. But as Starbucks is currently...more

Ninety Seconds Is Not Enough: Third Circuit Rules That Break Policy Violates the FLSA

In Secretary United States Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, Inc., No. 16-2685 (October 13, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an employer’s failure to compensate employees for periods...more

California Governor Vetoes Two Bills Related to Public Report of Gender Wage Differentials and Discrimination Based on...

Late Sunday afternoon, Governor Brown vetoed a proposal to impose a controversial new mandate for large California employers to collect and publicly report data about the salaries of male and female employees and board...more

New York State Releases Paid Family Leave Certification Forms

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB”) has just released the long-awaited Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) forms. There is a general application form (PFL-1), as well as various certification forms depending on the...more

New York City Council Expands Earned Sick Time Law To Include Safe Time

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (also known as the Paid Sick Leave Law) will require employers to allow employees to use paid time off for “Safe Time” under an amendment (Int. 1313-A) passed by the New York City Council...more

New California Law Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants About Salary History

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Beginning January 1, 2018, California employers will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history. California joins a small but growing group of states and cities that have enacted similar measures,...more

Intern Or Employee? When “Take Your Children To Work” Day Backfires

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In late April each year, tens of millions of employees and millions of employers participate in Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Of course, the vast majority of the child participants are elementary school kids, or...more

New York City Ban on Salary History Inquiries Set to Take Effect October 31

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Effective October 31, employers operating or recruiting in New York City will no longer be permitted to seek information regarding the compensation history of their job candidates. Under an amendment to the New York City...more

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Determining the Proper Average Weekly Wage Calculations to Use - This claim arose from an occupational shoulder injury claim made by a violist in December of 2013. The claim was accepted and the only contested issue was...more

Groundbreaking—IRS makes things complicated

Employers who adhere to certain IRS guidelines may face much lower indemnity payments for employees who traveled for work pre-injury - Myres v. Strom Aviation, Inc. (16-558) - In companies where employees regularly...more

New California Laws on the Horizon

by FordHarrison on

California has passed a number of employment laws this year, including the expansion of baby bonding leave to small employers, prohibiting inquiries into an applicant’s salary history, and restricting the use of applicants’...more

The Salary Privacy Act—Stacking the Deck

by Blank Rome LLP on

Job interviews and salary negotiations have always been a sort of poker game. Now, in California, employers are required to show their hands, while candidates can keep their cards close to the vest....more

Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor Issues Opinion Regarding Employee Compensation Following Hurricanes Irma and María

by Littler on

On October 17, 2017, the Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary) issued Opinion No. 2017-001 (Opinion) regarding the compensation of exempt and non-exempt private sector employees for workdays...more

Are You Owed Overtime Wages?

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay all non-exempt employees the federal minimum wage. It also requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for any...more

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships: An FLSA Exemption Case Makes its Way Back to the Supreme Court

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The United States Supreme Court will address again whether service advisors are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)....more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

Here’s A Tip, Minnesota: Discharging Employees For Refusing To Share Gratuities Is Prohibited

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Discharging an employee for refusing to share tips is illegal under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), according to the Supreme Court of Minnesota. Burt v. Rackner, Inc., 2017 Minn. LEXIS 629 (Minn. Oct. 11,...more

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