Tag Archives: Employment & Labor (U.S.)

It May Not be a Matter of ‘If,’ but ‘When’ for Private Employers in the Commonwealth — Virginia ‘Bans the Box’ for Many State Employment Applications

This post was also written by Gregory J. Sagstetter. On April 3, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Order #41, thereby adding Virginia to the growing list of jurisdictions (including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and more than 100 cities and counties) … Continue Reading

Sickness absence management – employee rights, risks and recommendations

This post was also written by Martin Gätzner. France Under French law, the employment contract of an employee who is on sick leave is suspended. The employee is expected to inform his or her employer and the relevant social security organisations of the sickness absence within 48 hours, and will be entitled to receive social security … Continue Reading

Webinar: Philadelphia’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance, adding Philadelphia to the growing list of cities and states to require sick leave. The new law, which takes effect May 13, 2015, generally requires employers to provide workers with 40 hours of sick leave each year. On Thursday, April 16 at … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: February 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what happened in February 2015: Likely Rise in Pre-Tip Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers … Continue Reading

Reminder for New Jersey Employers: Statewide ‘Ban the Box’ Law Takes Effect March 1

As previously reported, New Jersey’s version of the “ban the box” law, entitled “Opportunity to Compete Act” (the Act), goes into effect March 1, 2015. The Act limits covered employers’ ability to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal record. In less than a week, public and private employers that have 15 or more employees hired … Continue Reading

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Significant Labor Law Amendments Take Effect February 27

As we previously reported, the New York State Legislature last June passed a Bill, intended to revitalize the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things, the Bill eliminated the requirement that employers furnish annual wage notices to employees between January 1 and February 1. On … Continue Reading

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, I’m Prepared to Deal with Office Romances, How ‘Bout You?

This article was posted by Cindy Schmitt Minniti, Mark S. Goldstein, and Michael R. Kleinmann. Valentine’s Day is a day of love and romance for many, often times between co-workers. For employers, it provides a fitting opportunity to re-examine workplace romance and sexual harassment policies. Indeed, there is no better time to ensure sure that … Continue Reading

No Union, No Worries? Reed Smith To Present Teleseminar Feb. 17

The NLRB’s recent actions have changed the labor landscape for non-union employers. The Board’s “quickie” election rule, set to go into effect April 14, 2015, will dramatically shrink the period of time employers have to respond to union organizing. And as a result of the NLRB’s recent decision in Purple Communications, employees may now usurp … Continue Reading

N.Y. Wage Board Recommends Minimum Wage Increase for Tipped Workers

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. On January 30, the wage board convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the state’s current tip credit structure recommended that the state increase the pre-tip minimum wage to $7.50/hour for all tipped workers. The board recommended that the increase take effect on … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: January 2015

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest happenings, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what happened … Continue Reading

An Introduction to Global Reductions in Force – Reed Smith To Present Teleseminar on January 29

Reductions in force – also known as collective redundancies – can be daunting for employers, both in dealing with employee issues and protecting the company from liability. On Thursday, 29 January 2015, my partners and I will present a primer on what employers need to know about redundancies in four key jurisdictions: the UK, France, … Continue Reading

NY Governor Again Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage

In early 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that incrementally increased the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9 between December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2015. Less than two years later, the governor has unveiled a new proposal to further increase the state’s minimum wage. Indeed, just weeks after … Continue Reading

NJ Supreme Court Sets Tougher Test for Independent Contractor Classification

On January 14, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court (the Court) ruled that when determining whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor under the New Jersey wage laws—specifically, the NJ Wage Payment Law (WPL) and NJ Wage and Hour Law (WHL)—the broad “ABC” test used for making that determination under the NJ unemployment … Continue Reading

Report: U.S. Department of Labor Proposal to Almost Double Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees

In March 2014, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update existing overtime regulations for so-called “white collar” employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In response to the president’s mandate, the DOL is preparing a proposed regulation entitled “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, … Continue Reading

Reminder for N.J. Employers: Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect January 1, 2015

As we start the New Year, New Jersey state employers should make sure they are prepared to pay more to minimum wage workers. Based upon the voter-approved amendment to New Jersey’s Constitution, which provides an annual cost of living increase to the state’s minimum wage – effective January 1, 2015, the statewide hourly minimum wage … Continue Reading

California Employers Face Increased Liability When Using Staffing Agencies

A California state law that became effective January 1, 2015, substantially undermines the business decision to utilize temporary workers. A significant number of California employers who use temporary workers must now share responsibility and liability with the staffing agencies that provided these workers when claims arise under any of the following: The payment of wages … Continue Reading

New Year, New Rules, New Union-Avoidance Strategies

The National Labor Relations Board topped off 2014 with several jabs to employers, including its recent decision in Purple Communications, where the Board held that employees have a presumptive right to use email for non-work-related messages. The Board’s final blow to employers came December 15, with the issuance of new Quickie Election Rules for union … Continue Reading

Reminder – New Pregnancy Discrimination Obligations and Poster for Illinois Employers

This post was also written by Kimberly M. Mitchell. As we previously reported, as of January 1, 2015, all Illinois employers are subject to new amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that require employers to reasonably accommodate employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, and to post a new notice published by the Illinois … Continue Reading

N.Y. (Finally) Eliminates Annual Wage Notice Requirement, Effective Immediately

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. In June, we reported on a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things, the bill eliminated the requirement that employers furnish annual wage notices to employees between January 1 and … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year

2014 was a hectic year for New York labor and employment practitioners, yielding mixed results for employers and, in many instances, creating more questions than answers. Among the highlights, an expanded paid sick leave law, amended on the eve of implementation by Mayor Bill de Blasio, took effect in New York City. And in Albany, … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 5)

Each day this week, we will “unwrap” one of five pressing employment law issues on the 2015 horizon for New York state and city employers. Previously, we covered the minimum wage hike, the anticipated enforcement of two new NYC laws, the revamped NYC Commission on Human Rights, and the unsettled status of unpaid interns. Today’s … Continue Reading

Have Yourself a Merry Little Party: How to Minimize Office Holiday Party Liability

This post was also written by Kimberly M. Mitchell. Over the next few weeks, office holiday parties will invade restaurants, bars, and conference rooms across the nation. This oft-anticipated tradition may be the only time each year that all employees nosh, sip, and dance in one place. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! This article … Continue Reading
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