Tag: Paid Sick Leave

Time for federal contractors to meet new paid leave requirements

by H. Juanita M. Beecher Contractors entering into federal contracts on or after January 1, 2017, must comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new regulations requiring them to provide workers 56 hours of paid sick leave a year. The regulations implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13706, which was issued on September 7, […]

Paid time off: Not always as simple as it sounds

Marking up that 2017 calendar to note important dates and deadlines? Here’s one to note in red—January 31 is National Plan for Vacation Day, a day the people behind an initiative called “Project: Time Off” have set as a day to encourage hardworking and devoted employees to plan some rest and relaxation.  The travel-related industries […]

States approve minimum wage, paid leave ballot questions

States with employment-related ballot questions mostly approved them during the November 8 election, and employers have little lead time before many measures will be implemented. All told, 14 states have new provisions with which companies must comply, some as early as January 1, 2017. Minimum wage Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington considered minimum wage increases […]

Arizona voters approve increased minimum wage, paid sick leave

by Dinita L. James Gonzalez Law, LLC On November 8, nearly 60% of Arizona voters cast ballots in favor of increasing the state’s minimum wage and providing mandatory paid sick leave. The measure ensures that employers will have to pay at least $10 per hour beginning January 1, 2017. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase […]

Latest Stats Show 64% Of Workers Have Access to Paid Sick Leave

A record number of private-sector employees—64%—now have access to paid sick leave, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That number is up from 61% last year and represents the highest number in history, DOL’s chief economist, Heidi Shierholz, says. And that jump was almost […]

New Chicago ordinance will require employers to provide paid sick leave

by Steven L. Brenneman On June 22, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that will require nearly all employers in Chicago to provide paid sick leave to employees. The ordinance, which passed 48-0 despite opposition from business and employer groups, follows the lead of similar laws in several states and more than a dozen […]

Minneapolis employers must prepare for new paid sick leave law

by Dennis Merley In a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis City Council has passed a paid sick and safe leave ordinance that is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017. The ordinance covers all employers with one or more employees, but employers with fewer than six employees must provide only unpaid sick and safe leave. […]

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors (Part II): Administering New Leave Requirements

By Susan Schoenfeld, JD In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. EO 13706 requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the federal government to provide covered employees with up to 7 days […]

Elizabeth is latest New Jersey city to require paid sick leave

by James M. Leva Elizabeth will be the 10th New Jersey municipality to require employers to provide paid sick leave when a new law takes effect on March 2. Elizabeth’s law largely mirrors laws passed in Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Passaic, Paterson, and Trenton. The Elizabeth law applies to all private […]