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Minimum Wage, Tipped and Exempt Employee Pay in 2020: A Rates-Only Update

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 13, 2019
Minimum wage laws can affect businesses of all sizes, whether operating nationwide, in multiple jurisdictions, or only in one state, county, or city. To help manage this challenge, below we provide a rates-only update that details scheduled state- and local-level wage increases throughout 2020 so employers can determine the minimum amount they must pay non-exempt, tipped, and certain exempt employees.

It’s T-Minus Seven Weeks Until the New Overtime Rule: Are You Ready?

XpertHR • November 13, 2019
The holiday season is always a busy time, but this year will prove busier than usual for any employers that haven’t already finished preparing for the new overtime rules that kick in January 1 – just seven weeks from now.

Is Foresight 2020? Employers Confront New Laws Taking Effect in the New Year

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 13, 2019
As the year draws to a close, employers are assessing the next wave of labor and employment laws and regulations they will face in 2020 and beyond. Most new laws taking effect at the end of 2019 and throughout 2020 are at the state and local levels, presenting compliance challenges for employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions. This article highlights labor and employment activity at the federal level, and summarizes some of the key generally applicable laws and regulations that will affect employers in the year to come.

Disclosure of State Employees’ Birthdates Not Protected Per Washington Supreme Court

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 13, 2019
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled recently that state employees’ birthdates associated with their names are not exempt from disclosure pursuant to a freedom of information records request. In so holding, the Court strictly construed the applicable statute that did not expressly exempt birthdates from disclosure. Wash. Pub. Emps. Assn. v. State Ctr for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss. Private and public entities across the country that respond to countless requests for information may want to rethink their approach.

Is “Fair Pay to Play” Fair in College Sports? What California’s New Law Means for the Future of Amateur Athletics

Ogletree Deakins • November 11, 2019
On September 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California legislation—Senate Bill (SB) 206—that would permit college student athletes to benefit financially (for example, from endorsement deals) from their names, images, and likenesses while still in school. Governor Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) sponsored, with much fanfare, alongside a high-profile professional basketball player and several former college student athletes. The new law is scheduled to take effect in January 2023.

New Puerto Rico Law Limits Employers’ Use of Credit Reports in Employment Decisions

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 11, 2019
Puerto Rico has enacted legislation to limit the use of credit reports in making employment decisions.
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