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California Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

July 16, 2015

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (A.B. 304) amending California’s new paid sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act) that went into effect on July 1, 2015. The law requires employers to provide employees with at least three days (24 hours) of paid sick leave per year.The amendments to the ...
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The Top Seven Facts You Need to Know About Filing the ACA’s PCORI Fees

July 01, 2015

It’s that time of year again to start preparing to file the annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORI) fee as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PCORI fee applies to specified health insurance and applicable self-insured plans with policy years ending after September 30, 2012, and before October 1, 2019. The ...
Texas

Texas Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

Employment Status On June 19, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation (S.B. 652) to exclude a franchisor as an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee’s employees.The bill amends the Texas Labor Code to establish that:A franchisor is not considered to be an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee’s employees for ...
Rhode Island

Rhode Island Employment Law Update- July 2015

July 22, 2015

Pregnancy Discrimination On June 26, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law legislation (S.B. 276) that prohibits employers from discriminating against, and failing to provide reasonable accommodation for, employees due to pregnancy or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.The law went into effect upon ...
Oregon

Oregon Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

Ban the Box On June 25, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 3025) restricting employers from using an applicant’s criminal history record in employment considerations.The law makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to exclude an applicant from an initial interview based only on the applicant’s past ...
New York

New York Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

NYC – Use of Criminal History Information On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a bill (Int. No. 318) that amends the New York City Human Rights Law to further restrict employers (with four or more employees) from inquiring into or otherwise considering an applicant’s or employee’s criminal history in employment ...
Michigan

Michigan Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

State Pre-emption of Local Labor Laws On June 30, 2015, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law the “Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act” (H.B. 4052). The law prohibits local governments from adopting and enforcing new ordinances, policies, and resolutions that would regulate the wages, benefits, and other terms and ...
Maine

Maine Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

Mandated Health Benefits – Breast Cancer On June 22, 2015, the Maine legislature overrode the veto of Maine Governor Paul LePage enacting legislation (H.P. 246) to assist persons with breast cancer. Pursuant to the law, health plans that provide coverage for medical and surgical benefits (excluding certain limited benefit plans) must provide ...
Louisiana

Louisiana Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

Employment Status On July 1, 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation (H.B. 464) which provides that an employee of a franchisee is not an employee of the franchisor.Specifically, the law states that a franchisee’s employees are not deemed employees of the franchisor unless the two entities share or co-determine those ...
Hawaii

Hawaii Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

Restrictive Covenants On June 26, 2015, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 1090) that prohibits the use of a noncompete clause or a nonsolicit clause in any employment contract relating to an employee of a technology business. Any such clause is void and will have no effect. Technology business means a trade or business that ...
Federal

Federal Employment Law Update – July 2015

July 22, 2015

DOL Releases Proposed Overtime Rules On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to update the regulations governing the white collar employee and highly compensated employee exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).According the rule, the DOL ...
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Ask the Experts: Employee Attendance Issues

July 21, 2015

Question: We recently placed an employee on a written final warning for attendance issues. Last week she advised her supervisor that she is pregnant. Before then, during their attendance discussions there was no mention of health issues that might require accommodation. Yesterday she called out due to a flat tire and brake issues, and today she ...

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