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California PAGA Amendments Will Expand Labor Officials’ Involvement in PAGA Claims

Ogletree Deakins • June 24, 2016
On June 15, 2016, the California Legislature approved Governor Jerry Brown’s budget. As part of the budget, the Legislature passed SB 836. Included as part of this 96-page budget “trailer bill” are a number of amendments to the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).

Proposed Rule Would Radically Alter Use of Direct Deposit and Paycards in New York

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 23, 2016
On June 15, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published a proposed rule governing the permissible methods for an employer in New York to pay wages to employees. The most radical change is that all current consents for direct deposit will be invalid and every employee that accepts payment by direct deposit will have to reauthorize its use. New York employers only have until July 15, 2016, to submit proposed comments.

Minneapolis Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

Ogletree Deakins • June 23, 2016
On May 27, 2016, after more than six months of public discussion, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will require all employers in the city to provide paid sick and safe leave to most workers. This adds to the patchwork of five states, 23 cities, and one county with paid sick time laws already on the books.

Los Angeles Approves Minimum Wage Increases and Mandates Employers to Provide 48 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 22, 2016
Los Angeles Approves Minimum Wage Increases and Mandates Employers to Provide 48 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

Tennessee’s Gun-Free Workplaces Must Heed New Notice Requirements

Ogletree Deakins • June 22, 2016
Tennessee generally allows employers to prohibit employees and other individuals from possessing weapons on properties owned or operated by employers. The primary exception to this general rule concerns individuals with lawful handgun carry permits storing their weapons in their personal vehicles while parked on an employer’s property.

Chicago Poised to Pass the Latest Employee Paid Sick Leave Law, Following the Lead of other Cities, States

Franczek Radelet P.C • June 21, 2016
This past week, my colleague, Lindsey Marcus, reported on new paid sick leave legislation that is about to become law in Chicago. It’s significant because it reflects a growing number of states and cities joining the mandated paid leave bandwagon.

Philadelphia Becomes the First Jurisdiction in 2016 to Restrict Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 21, 2016
On June 7, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill to make it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for employers to procure or use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes. Philadelphia joins the growing list of jurisdictions that have enacted similar laws: California, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York City, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.1 The Philadelphia legislation goes into effect July 1, 2016.

Colorado Repeals State Employment Verification Requirement

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 21, 2016
Beginning on August 10, 2016, Colorado employers will be relieved of the additional state verification and retention obligations related to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules Unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court

FordHarrison LLP • June 20, 2016
Executive Summary: The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are unenforceable. In a decision issued June 15, 2016, the Court unanimously ruled (6-0) that a six-month time limit for filing claims contained in an employment application was unenforceable and did not bar the plaintiff's disability discrimination claims. See Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc., No. A-27-14 (June 15, 2016).

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Issues Minimum Wage Rules

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 20, 2016
As we previously advised,1 on March 2, 2016, Oregon enacted the first geographically-tiered minimum wage hike in the country. This new minimum wage law, which becomes effective on July 1, 2016, imposes different minimum wage rates for employers in the Portland, Oregon metro area and for employers located in the more rural parts of the state.