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Rhode Island Employees May Soon Be Entitled to Paid Sick Time

Ogletree Deakins • September 24, 2017
On September 19, 2017, the Rhode Island General Assembly approved a bill that would require, with limited exception, all Rhode Island employers with 18 or more employees to provide their employees with paid sick time. The bill is in response to Governor Gina Raimondo’s call during her State of the State address in January for such legislation, and she has indicated she intends to sign the bill into law.

Employees of Meal Subscription Companies may be Required to Obtain Food Handler Cards

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 24, 2017
The California Legislature recently passed AB 1461 which, if signed into law, would require all food-handling employees of food facilities that provide meal subscription plans to obtain food handler cards in accordance with existing requirements. All for-profit food facilities that offer meal subscription plans would be subject to the new law.

Florida Supreme Court Extends Reach of Noncompetes in Health Care Industry

XpertHR • September 24, 2017
Home health service referrals can be a legitimate business interest protected under a noncompetition agreement, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled. The finding strengthens the hand of Sunshine State employers that seek to protect their businesses from departing employees looking to aid a competitor.

Employees in California? If so, these are the Employment Bills to Watch

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 22, 2017
With the flurry of action by California lawmakers in the final weeks of the legislative session, there are approximately 640 bills waiting for action by California Governor, Jerry Brown. Here is a list of legislation which California employers should be watching.

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 21, 2017
September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon these bills. Those bills that become law will take effect on January 1, 2018 unless a bill specifies an earlier or a later effective date. Included on the list of bills on the governor’s desk are numerous labor and employment items that could impact private employer operations. Below we briefly identify and summarize the more notable measures, and flag other bills employers were watching that did not progress – this round – but which could again be taken up when the legislature reconvenes on January 3, 2018.

eLABORate: Florida Supreme Court Endorses Employer's Right to Protect Industry-Specific Business Interests with Restrictive Covenants

Phelps Dunbar LLP • September 21, 2017
Florida permits employers to enforce non-compete and non-solictation agreements (restrictive covenants) as exceptions to a general prohibition on restraints of trade, so long as the restrictions fall within the parameters of Florida Statute 542.335. Among other limitations, the statute permits enforcement of restrictive covenants only so long as they protect “legitimate business interests.” The statute provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of “legitimate business interests,” but lower courts in Florida have diverged over whether information that an employer contends is a “legitimate business interest” is included within the scope of that definition when it is not among the statute’s listed examples. The Florida Supreme Court recently shed new light on this topic.

Washington Employers: Prepare To Face New Workplace Laws

Fisher Phillips • September 21, 2017
The past year has brought multiple new workplace laws that will require employers in Washington to change several key policies and procedures. Below is an update that provides a general overview to help you prepare for these new laws, in the order of the effective dates of each law.

California Legislative Wrap Up: Employment Bills Headed to the Governor

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP • September 20, 2017
September 15, 2017 was the last day for the California Legislature to pass bills and send them to the Governor for approval. This post contains the list of key labor and employment bills that passed and will either be vetoed or signed into law by the Governor.

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

Fisher Phillips • September 20, 2017
The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto.

Oral Contract Upheld in California Despite Offer Letter Purporting to Supersede It

Ogletree Deakins • September 20, 2017
Does an employment offer letter that expressly supersedes any oral statements on the part of supervisors concerning conditions of employment preclude verbal wage promises made after the employee is hired? Chen v. M&C Hotel Interest, Inc., No. B266461 (August 11, 2017).