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January 6, 2017, 1:43 pm, 1708341

Last year New Jersey state and local legislatures implemented several employment laws and ordinances that are set to take effect in 2017.  This update summarizes these new legal requirements to help New Jersey employers prepare and comply in 2017.

Minimum Wage Increase

In 2013, New Jersey voters approved a referendum requiring ...


January 6, 2017, 1:43 pm, 1708340

As of January 1, 2017, nineteen states now have a new minimum wage in effect:

Alaska: $9.80 per hour.

Arizona: $10.00 per hour.

Arkansas: $8.50 per hour.

California: $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees.  For employers with 25 or less employees, minimum wage remains at $10.00 per ...


January 6, 2017, 1:43 pm, 1708339

Last year the New York legislature and New York Department of Labor amended several employment laws implementing changes that took effect at the end of 2016 or are set to take effect early this year.  This post summarizes the new and updated legal requirements included in those amendments to help ...


January 3, 2017, 5:43 pm, 1707406

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued a critical decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., 2016 D.J. 12608 (2016), relating to California’s rest period obligations.  The California Supreme Court declared that state law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods.  It stated that employers must (1) relieve ...


January 3, 2017, 3:43 pm, 1707366

[UPDATE] On December 29, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) adopted its proposed rule increasing overtime exempt salary thresholds for New York employees. The new rule is set to take effect in just two days on December 31, 2016. The NYSDOL made no changes to the version ...


December 23, 2016, 1:43 pm, 1705190

The new year will bring along a variety of new obligations for California employers.  Although some of the new laws clarify existing law and provide helpful guidance, several impose additional requirements.  This update highlights key provisions of some of the more notable changes taking effect in 2017.  Links to the ...


December 23, 2016, 1:43 pm, 1705189

On December 20, 2016, in a 9-4 vote, the Washington, D.C. Council passed bill B21-0415, The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015.  The bill establishes a universal paid leave system for individuals who work in the District of Columbia (“the District” or “D.C.”) and businesses operating in D.C.  It will be ...


December 19, 2016, 7:43 pm, 1703945

Following the Los Angeles minimum wage ordinance that was enacted earlier this year, the City of Los Angeles has now enacted another ordinance that will significantly impact employers doing business within city limits.  On December 9, 2016, Mayor Garcetti signed into law the “Fair Chance” ordinance, which significantly limits the ...


December 12, 2016, 7:43 pm, 1701974

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently issued a decision that serves as a reminder for both union and non-union employers that the Board continues to take an aggressive stance on seemingly innocuous employment policies that the Board believes may chill an employee’s exercise of his or her Section 7 ...


December 8, 2016, 7:43 pm, 1701092

In the recent election, San Jose voters passed a voter initiative creating the “Opportunity to Work” ordinance.  The purpose of the ordinance, which will become effective on March 13, 2017, is to promote full-time jobs and to prevent San Jose employers from choosing to employ workers on a part-time basis ...