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Requirements of New Jersey Expanded WARN Act

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 27, 2020
On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law an amendment to the Millville-Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act to mandate 90 days’ advance notice of a defined mass layoff, transfer of operations, or termination of operations (for companies with at least 100 employees) that affects at least 50 employees, among other provisions. N.J.S.A. § 34:21-1, et seq. The Act takes effect on July 19, 2020.

Littler Lightbulb: What’s New in Colorado?

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 27, 2020
Colorado has been making headlines with several noteworthy new laws and regulations. This Lightbulb will highlight key recently enacted and pending employment legislation in the Centennial State. The Littler Denver office will be carefully monitoring these issues and other state and local developments as they unfold.

New York’s Farm Wage Board Begins Meetings on Overtime Threshold for Agricultural Laborers

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 26, 2020
New York’s Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act went into effect on January 1, 2020, drastically altering the employment relationship between agricultural employees and their employers. Until now, workplace protections for farm laborers lagged far behind those in other industries.

Requests to Know under the CCPA: Practical Compliance Tips

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 26, 2020
The much anticipated California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) is now in effect (as of January 1, 2020), and as we’ve recently reported, class action litigation under the CCPA has already begun.

Kentucky Considers Amendments to Injury Reporting Requirements

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 26, 2020
On February 12, 2020, Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards has proposed an amendment to its regulation on employer’s obligations to report workplace injury and illnesses.

Is “Cannabis User” the Next Protected Class in California?

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 24, 2020
Years after California legalized recreational use of cannabis, employers continue to struggle with determining their rights and liabilities regarding employees who engage in that activity.

New Jersey Labor Department Issues Companies Stop-Work Orders for Wage Violations

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 24, 2020
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD) has announced it has issued two stop-work orders related to alleged violations of state wage laws.

Treble Ahead? SJC Opinion Offers Damages Caution for Massachusetts Employers With Commissioned Employees

Ogletree Deakins • February 24, 2020
On February 12, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued an opinion with significant implications for Massachusetts employers with commissioned employees. In Parker v. EnerNOC, Inc. (SJC-12703), the SJC held that (1) unpaid commissions lost as a result of retaliation are subject to trebling under the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Act (Wage Act); and (2) an employer cannot rely on a requirement of continuous employment as a contingency to pay commissions due, at least when the employer itself creates circumstances that prevent the employee from meeting the continued employment contingency.

Puerto Rico Department of Treasury Grants Tax Exemptions for Employer-Provided Payments and Certain Benefits to Employees and Independent Contractors Related to the Recent Earthquakes

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 23, 2020
On February 20, 2020, the Puerto Rico Treasury Department (PR Treasury) issued Internal Revenue Circular Letter No. 20-08 (CC RI 20-08) granting employers temporary income tax exemptions over payments and certain benefits made to their employees and/or independent contractors for relief due to the recent and continued earthquakes that have affected the Island since January 6, 2020. These employer-provided payments must be considered “Qualified Payments Made for Disaster Assistance” and meet certain other requirements to be tax-exempt.

Puerto Rico Treasury Department Issues Post-Earthquake Rules for Qualified Retirement Plan and IRA Distributions and Loans

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 23, 2020
On February 20, 2020, the Puerto Rico Treasury Department (PR Treasury) issued Internal Revenue Circular Letter Number 20-09 (CC RI 20-09) to provide special rules and procedures applicable to distributions from qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) following the recent earthquakes. The following is a summary of the most significant provisions of CC RI 20-09.
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