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ten most recent state employment law articles Ten Most Recent State Law Articles

California Employers - Remember Voting Time Obligations and Poster

Shaw Valenza LLP • October 31, 2014
I'm a bit late with this reminder. At least 10 days before the November 4 election, employers in California must post this notice.

California's Voting Leave Law: Employers' Obligations as Election Day Approaches

Ogletree Deakins • October 31, 2014
As Election Day quickly approaches, California employers are reminded that the state voting leave law allows employees to take time off to vote in a statewide election.

California Legislation 2014

Ogletree Deakins • October 31, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. A brief summary of these new laws, along with links to the bills, can be found below.

Delay Leads to Denial of Request for Injunctive Relief in New Jersey Lawsuit

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 30, 2014
A recent decision from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey highlights the perils of delay before applying for injunctive relief. In PTT, LLC v. Gimme Games, et al. No. 13-7161 (JLL/JAD), PPT, a slot machine developer, sued competitor Gimme Games and former PPT executives who started Gimme Games, for misappropriation, unfair competition, and patent infringement. More particularly, PPT alleges in the pending lawsuit that Gimme Games creates slot machine games with the same look and feel as PPT’s games, especially with respect to "oversize symbols."

California Court Finds Lack of Evidence Undermines False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims

Ogletree Deakins • October 29, 2014
The Southern District of California recently issued a favorable ruling for employers under both the False Claims Act and California’s retaliatory discharge provision codified at California Labor Code section 1102.5. The court not only rejected the relator’s claims, but it also resolved all issues in the employer’s favor on summary judgment.

Florida's Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

Ogletree Deakins • October 28, 2014
On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law requires a new minimum wage calculation each year on September 30, based on the Consumer Price Index. If that calculation is higher than the federal rate, the state’s rate then would take effect the following January.

Wage Protection Act Makes Significant Changes to Colorado Wage and Hour Law

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 27, 2014
Significant changes to Colorado’s wage and hour law are set to go into effect on January 1, 2015, with the implementation of the Wage Protection Act of 2014 (the Act or the amendments). The Act amends the Colorado Wage Claim Act by establishing a procedure for the Colorado Division of Labor to adjudicate complaints for unpaid wages or compensation of $7,500 or less per employee, increases fines that can be imposed on employers, and provides for attorneys’ fees for employees paid less than the applicable minimum wage.

Florida's Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

Ogletree Deakins • October 27, 2014
On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law requires a new minimum wage calculation each year on September 30, based on the Consumer Price Index. If that calculation is higher than the federal rate, the state’s rate then would take effect the following January.

Tips for Taking Advantage of California's Extended Unemployment Appeal Deadline

Ogletree Deakins • October 27, 2014
Busy human resources (HR) managers will be relieved to know that California has done something to make their job just a little easier. The State of California recently enacted legislation extending the time period to appeal an award or denial of unemployment benefits by the Employment Development Department (EDD). This legislation provides needed additional time to both evaluate the merits of the claim and to weigh the costs and benefits of an appeal.

Proponents of Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Have High Hopes But Will Its Passing Affect Your Workplace Policies?

FordHarrison LLP • October 24, 2014
Executive Summary: If voters approve the ballot initiative "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" ("Amendment 2") this November, Florida will become the 24th state plus Washington D.C. to legalize medical marijuana.[1] Amendment 2 would amend the Florida Constitution to allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with certain debilitating conditions as determined by a physician. The proposed amendment gives little insight into its potential effect on employer policies, and, if approved, the implementing regulations will not be available until July of 2015. However, with more and more states legalizing some form of medical marijuana, employers should be proactive in assessing their workplace policies and drug testing programs for compliance, especially when operating in more than one jurisdiction.