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Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

Ogletree Deakins • May 24, 2017
In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision that would have preempted Minnesota cities’ safe and sick leave ordinances and other labor standards measures.

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 23, 2017
The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. (See our article, Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform.)

Emeryville Strikes Again: Another Employee-Friendly Ordinance to Take Effect

Ogletree Deakins • May 23, 2017
San Francisco’s notoriously employee-friendly ordinances continue to set the standard for its neighboring cities. Emeryville, which is across the bay from San Francisco and neighbors Oakland, recently passed a fair workweek ordinance that patterns itself off of San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights. The Emeryville ordinance applies to larger retail and fast food employers, and has strict scheduling requirements as set forth below.

Pittsburgh to Appeal Block of City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 23, 2017
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court’s ruling invalidating the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), the ordinance adopted in 2015 requiring all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city limits to provide paid sick leave to all full- and part-time employees. The Mayor’s office has confirmed that it will appeal the May 17, 2017, court decision.

New York DOL Appeals Decision Invalidating Final Payroll Debit Card Regulations

XpertHR • May 22, 2017
The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has filed an appeal in New York State Supreme Court (Reardon v. Global Cash Card and New York State Industrial Board of Appeals, Petition No. 02643-17, 4-17-17) of the decision that invalidated and revoked final DOL regulations governing payroll debit cards before they could go into effect this past March.

Puerto Rico Employers Brace for New Right to Religious Freedom Accommodation Requests

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 21, 2017
Earlier this year, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). While the Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, it also introduces a new employee right not previously recognized: the right to participate in religious services. Last month, the Secretary of Labor and Human Resources filed Regulation Number 8947 before de Puerto Rico Department of State to implement this new right. The Regulation is set to take effect on May 25, 2017.

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

Fisher Phillips • May 21, 2017
In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills are referred to the Health Committee. You get the picture.

Massachusetts House Passes “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”

Ogletree Deakins • May 21, 2017
On May 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House, by unanimous vote (150-to-0), passed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. If enacted, the Act will expand existing protections for pregnant employees in Massachusetts and require employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable accommodations” for their pregnancies and any conditions related to their pregnancies. The bill (House, No. 3680) is expected to pass the Massachusetts Senate and be signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.

Third Time’s the Charm: California’s Proposals to Expand its Equal Pay Protections . . . Again

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 21, 2017
With amendments to the California Fair Pay Act (“CFPA”) in effect for less than six months, the state legislature has introduced three new bills to further expand the state’s equal pay laws.

Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Days Ordinance is Confirmed to Be Invalid

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 21, 2017
On May 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld a 2015 trial court ruling that the City of Pittsburgh did not have the authority under state law to enact the Paid Sick Days Ordinance. It remains to be seen whether the City of Pittsburgh will appeal.