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DOL Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Increases for Federal Contractors

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 22, 2019
The September 19, 2019 edition of the Federal Register includes the updated minimum wage rates that must be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order (E.O.) 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. Beginning January 1, 2020, federal contractors must pay covered workers at least $10.80 per hour. The Department of Labor also gave notice that beginning January 1, 2020, covered tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts must be paid a cash wage of at least $7.55 per hour.

Designation of FMLA Leave May Not Be Delayed, Even If Employees Prefer It, DOL Says

XpertHR • September 22, 2019
Employers may not delay designating paid leave as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, even if the delay complies with a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and the employee prefers the delay, according to the US Department of Labor (DOL).

Bill to Nullify Mandatory Predispute Arbitration Agreements Passes in U.S. House

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 22, 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act” (FAIR Act), which aims to nullify mandatory, predispute arbitration agreements and class-action waivers for employment, consumer protection, antitrust, and civil rights matters.

California Supreme Court Provides Valuable Blueprint For Your Arbitration Agreement Strategy

Fisher Phillips • September 22, 2019
The California Supreme Court recently handed down an intriguing decision which casts doubt on – and in some cases even condemns – some of the most common practices used by employers in both drafting and presenting arbitration agreements to their employees. In doing so, the court highlighted circumstances under which similar agreements with “an unusually high degree” of procedural unconscionability may be blocked from being enforced. Accordingly, it’s important that you understand which of the employer’s terms and practices were criticized by the court so you can avoid those same pitfalls in your own arbitration programs moving forward.

California Supreme Court Rules that the “Underpaid Wages” Component of Labor Code Section 558 is Not a Civil Penalty under PAGA

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 22, 2019
In ZB, N.A. v. Superior Court of San Diego County (Lawson),1 the California Supreme Court held that unpaid wages are not civil penalties under California Labor Code section 558 and are therefore outside the reach of California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). This ruling clarifies the scope of PAGA remedies; it also confirms that no part of a PAGA claim may be compelled to arbitration.

CCPA: Expansive Array of Consumer Rights Imposes Rigorous Compliance Burden

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 22, 2019
For years now, state laws have required subject organizations to provide notification to affected data subjects and, in some instances, to state agencies, consumer reporting agencies, and the media, when they experience a “breach” of certain categories of information.
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