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The Other Shoe Drops: Court of Appeal Decision Narrows Use of Employee Non-Solicitation Provisions in California

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 18, 2018
It is well-established that restrictive covenants are prohibited by statute in California. Since the decision by the California Supreme Court that partial restraints like customer non-solicitation clauses were void under Business and Professions Code Section 16600, the courts have been strictly interpreting any covenant that impinges on employment opportunities.

Medical Marijuana In Missouri: New Law Brings New Questions For Employers

Fisher Phillips • November 18, 2018
Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on Election Day 2018, one of the three medical marijuana measures appearing on the state’s ballot. Amendment 2 adds an article to the Missouri Constitution legalizing medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients and allowing people who qualify to grow their own plants. With a new law comes new questions about how this development will affect workplaces across the state. Here are a series of the most common questions Missouri employers may have while adjusting to this new reality.

Missouri Voters Pass Minimum Wage Increase

Fisher Phillips • November 18, 2018
As predicted, Missouri voters turned out in record numbers for the 2018 general election yesterday and overwhelmingly voted to pass Proposition B: The $12 Minimum Wage Initiative. As a result, beginning January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Missouri will increase from $7.85 to $8.60, and will gradually increase by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2023:

Kentucky’s Right-To-Work Law Upheld By State Supreme Court

Fisher Phillips • November 18, 2018
A bitterly divided state Supreme Court upheld Kentucky’s right-to-work law by a 4-3 vote yesterday, cementing Kentucky’s status as one of 27 states in the country to have such a law on the books. Although the law was originally signed in January 2017 and immediately took effect, unions in Kentucky resisted accepting the reality of right-to-work and were banking on this litigation to overturn law. Now that the legal challenges have been denied, employers should ensure they are familiar with right-to-work, as the law could have an impact on your workplace.

NYC Council Proposes Additional Harassment Training Requirement for "Nightlife Establishments" and Their Employees

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
As previously reported, this year both the State of New York and the City of New York enacted legislation requiring employers to distribute sexual harassment prevention policies and to train their workforce about the prevention of workplace sexual harassment and available legal remedies. On October 31, 2018, the New York City Council introduced related legislation targeting the City’s nightlife establishments and the issue of patron harassment.

Twins Once More: Saint Paul Passes $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
On November 14, 2018, the Saint Paul City Council passed, and Mayor Melvin Carter signed into law, an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage in Saint Paul, Minnesota to $15 an hour starting as early as 2022 for large businesses operating within city limits. Long a priority of Mayor Carter, the increased Saint Paul minimum wage is now more closely aligned with that of its twin city, Minneapolis.

Biometric Privacy Case Before Illinois Supreme Court Could Open Litigation Floodgates

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 16, 2018
On November 20, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that has significant implications for Illinois employers, though it is not an employment-law case. Over the past two years, more than 100 class action lawsuits have been filed by employees claiming to be “aggrieved persons” under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).

Chicago City Council Creates Office of Labor Standards to Enforce Chicago’s Employment Ordinances

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 14, 2018
On October 31, 2018, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved the formation of the Office for Labor Standards (OLS).1 The new OLS was created to facilitate more rigorous enforcement of the city’s employment ordinances and to promote investigation into alleged violations. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

New York City Releases Guidance on Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training, Notice Requirements

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2018
The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as guidance on the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act.”

Puerto Rico Revises Form for Reporting Payments to Terminated Employees, Considers Credit History Ban

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2018
The Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury has announced changes to tax reporting for certain severance payments.