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Maine’s minimum wage law change going into effect January 1

by Matthew Jacobson Changes to the Maine minimum wage law taking effect January 1 mean that the minimum wage for tipped workers will continue to be $5 an hour instead of rising $1 an hour like the minimum wage for workers who don’t receive tips. Maine voters approved Question 4 on the 2016 ballot. The […]

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Overtime law changing for Oregon manufacturing employers

by Cal Keith Much of a new law affecting overtime pay in mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities in Oregon will take effect on January 1. In most circumstances, employers in Oregon must pay overtime wages after an employee has worked 40 hours in a week, but mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities also face a daily […]

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January 1 is key date for New York paid family leave law

by Angelo D. Catalano Employers in New York need to be ready to provide paid family leave (PFL) to eligible employees as of January 1. The PFL law, signed into law in April 2016, allows eligible full- and part-time employees to take payroll-deducted paid leave for qualifying circumstances such as a serious health condition of […]

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New minimum wage, paid sick leave requirements for Washington

by Cate DeJulio and Stephanie Holstein Employers in Washington will be required to comply with a new minimum wage and offer paid sick leave beginning January 1, 2018. Minimum wage As a result of Initiative Measure (IM) 1433, approved by voters in November 2016, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour on […]

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Delaware salary history law set to take effect

by Molly DiBianca Delaware’s new law limiting employers’ ability to inquire about job candidates’ compensation history is set to take effect on December 14. The law is intended to address pay disparities between men and women. Because women often make less than their male counterparts, the pay gap is perpetuated if women’s wages are based […]

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Deadline for OSHA’s electronic record-keeping rule nears

Certain employers are facing a December 15 deadline to submit injury and illness data to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule requires employers with large establishments (250 or more employees) and small establishments (20 to 249 employees) in certain “high hazard industries” to submit injury and illness data to […]

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New York City’s ‘Fair Workweek’ laws set to take effect

by Angelo D. Catalano Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP New York City fast-food and retail employers need to be ready for the city’s package of five new “Fair Workweek” laws when they go into effect on November 26. Following is a summary outlining the basics of the new laws. Fast-food workers No “clopening.” Fast-food employers are […]

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Maryland county passes $15 minimum wage

by Kevin C. McCormick On November 7, the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council unanimously approved Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties—County Minimum Wage Amount—Annual Adjustment, which will increase the minimum wage for all employees in the county by 2024. The legislation will increase Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for employers with 51 […]

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New General Counsel expected to set new probusiness agenda for NLRB

A much more business-friendly atmosphere is expected at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) now that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Peter B. Robb as the Board’s General Counsel. Robb, a management-side attorney with a Vermont law firm, won confirmation on a 49-46 party-line vote on November 8. He is President Donald Trump’s choice to […]

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California employers must adjust to new laws on leave, pay, criminal history

Pay equity, parental leave, and criminal history are hot topics that have been grabbing attention for some time, and employers in California now need to prepare for three newly signed laws addressing those issues. The new laws include restrictions on employers asking applicants questions related to salary history and criminal history and impose new parental […]

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