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New York City Will Require Employers to Provide Greater Workplace Accommodations for Lactating Employees

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 19, 2018
On November 17, 2018, Sections 8-102 and 8-107(22) of the New York City Administrative Code were amended to require employers in New York City with four1 or more employees to (1) provide designated lactation room(s) for employees and (2) implement a lactation room accommodation policy. New York City law already prohibited discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions and obligated employers to provide reasonable accommodations to nursing employees and to display a poster to alert employees about their rights to express milk in the workplace.2 The new amendments—which will take effect on March 18, 2019—expand on these requirements, as well as on the 2007 New York State Nursing Mothers Rights at Work Law.3

2019 is Coming: California Employers Need to Brace Themselves for the Flurry of New Laws Set to Take Effect January 1, 2019

Goldberg Segalla LLP • November 19, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a slew of employment-related bills into law, many of which will take effect on January 1, 2019. These laws will have an immediate impact on the workplace and will require employers in the Golden State to revamp existing practices and procedures.

Have you HIRD? Massachusetts Employers Must File a Health Insurance Disclosure Form by November 30th

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 19, 2018
New guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue requires Massachusetts employers with six or more employees to file an annual health insurance responsibility disclosure (HIRD) form. The form became available on November 1, and must be submitted by November 30 of this year and each year subsequent.

Newly Created Massachusetts Agency Issues First Guidance On Paid Leave Law

Fisher Phillips • November 19, 2018
As the ramp-up towards Massachusetts’ paid family and medical leave continues, the newly created Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) just launched its website and issued its first guidance documents. As discussed previously, the July 1, 2019 date for starting contributions looms in the not-too-distant future, while benefits under the paid leave programs will begin in January 2021. What do employers need to know about this development?

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.