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ten most recent state employment law articles Ten Most Recent State Law Articles

Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2013-14 from the Connecticut Supreme Court

Brody and Associates, LLC • October 23, 2014
This Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only three decisions that impact employers, and the labor and employment advice attorneys give their clients.

New California Paid Sick Leave Law May Cause Headaches for Employers

FordHarrison LLP • October 22, 2014
Executive Summary: On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA), which provides nearly all employees working in California with paid sick leave. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2015.

Louisiana Employers Are Restricted in Their Ability to Consider Certain Criminal Records for Employment

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 21, 2014
Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana became another state to regulate employer use of criminal record information for employment purposes.

California Adopts Unprecedented "Yes Means Yes" Law, Changing the Way Colleges Must Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2014
On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed SB967, the so-called Yes Means Yes bill into law.

Internships out of Fashion? Wage Lawsuits on the Rise in New York

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2014
Internships and training programs have been a staple of the fashion industry (among many other industries) for years. Luxury retailers have traditionally offered internships in the areas of communications, marketing, merchandising, production, and public relations. The continuing role of such internships in teaching students, recent graduates, and others who aspire to careers in fashion about the fashion business is, however, under attack. In the aftermath of a 2013 ruling by a New York federal court that a film studio had violated minimum wage laws by not paying production interns on a film, New York plaintiffs’ lawyers have escalated the battle over “unpaid internships” in the fashion, media, and entertainment industries. In just the past year, intern wage actions have been filed in New York against at least five luxury retailers (including another titan of luxury just this past week); two media companies that are closely associated with luxury brands and fashion; and a dozen or so other entertainment, media, and events companies. Plaintiffs’ law firms have also created multiple websites for the sole purpose of recruiting interns to bring lawsuits against businesses in these industries.

San Diego Minimum Wage Ordinance Put On Ice

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2014
San Diego’s hotly contested minimum wage ordinance has been put on ice until at least 2016. The City Council approved the ordinance in July and then later overrode the mayor’s veto. A petition drive by San Diego business leaders has now succeeded in forcing the issue to the ballot.

D.C. City Council Removes Final Obstacle to Enforcement of Sick and Safe Leave Amendments

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 20, 2014
The District of Columbia City Council has paved the way for full enforcement of the District’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendments Act of 2013. Employers should comply with the amendments as of October 3, 2014.

CALIFORNIA REQUIRES ABUSIVE CONDUCT TRAINING

Shaw Valenza LLP • October 17, 2014
California has become one of the first states to require employers to provide preventive training on "abusive conduct" in the workplace. “Abusive conduct” is a broader and vaguer standard than unlawful harassment. The new law, AB 2053, modifies the requirements of AB 1825, the now-familiar California law that mandates bi-annual, anti-harassment training for supervisors.

Domestic Violence Leave Required in Massachusetts

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 15, 2014
Massachusetts’s new domestic violence leave law – which became effective on August 8, 2014 – created new obligations for Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees.

Rhode Island, Louisiana, and Oklahoma Follow Social Media Privacy Trend

Brody and Associates, LLC • October 14, 2014
The social media privacy trend on which we have previously reported continues. Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Rhode Island became the latest states to restrict employers’ ability to check the social media profiles of their employees and applicants...