City of San Leandro Minimum Wage Poster Updated In May 2019, the City of San Leandro updated its official minimum wage notice to reflect the city’s rate increase to $14 per hour. Beginning July 1, 2019, employers who operate a business or nonprofit organization in San Leandro must pay each employee a wage of not…

Minimum Wage Increase On May 28, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation (H.B. 5004) incrementally increasing the state’s minimum fair wage to: $11 per hour effective October 1, 2019. $12 per hour effective September 1, 2020. $13 per hour effective August 1, 2021. $14 per hour effective July 1, 2022. $15 per hour effective…

Child Labor Exceptions Expanded On May 10, 2019, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation (S.F. 337) amending the state’s current child labor law exceptions by permitting the following: A child may willfully volunteer for a charitable or public purpose. A child age 12 or older may be employed as a referee for a sport program…

Night Working Hours and Minors On May 15, 2019, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation (H.B. 223) limiting the number of night hours a youth may work per week. Under the law, youths who work more than two nights in a week, past 8 p.m. or before 6 a.m., may not work more than…

Employment Discrimination On May 21, 2019, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed legislation (S.B. 177) adding the following regarding right-to-sue notices and damage awards: Complainants alleging an unlawful discriminatory employment practice must receive a right-to-sue notice from the Nevada Equal Rights Commission if requested and if at least 180 days have passed since the complaint was…

Employer Accommodation for Pregnancy Act On May 22, 2019, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 2341) enacting the state’s Employer Accommodation for Pregnancy Act and amending the state’s civil rights law. Under the act, based on an employee or applicant’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, including but not…

Preventing Sexual Assault of Isolated Workers On May 13, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (S.B. 5258) requiring every hotel, motel, retail, or security guard entity, or property services contractor who employs an employee, to: Adopt a sexual harassment policy. Provide mandatory training to the employer’s managers, supervisors, and employees to: Prevent sexual assault…

Do you offer coverage to your employees through a self-insured group health plan? Do you sponsor a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)? If so, do you know whether your plan or HRA is subject to the annual Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) fee? This article answers frequently-asked questions about the PCORI fee, which plans are affected,…

Question: Our company offers group health coverage and other employee benefit plans. Our workforce includes a number of employees who do not speak English. Are we required to distribute summary plan descriptions (SPDs) in different languages? Answer: No, ERISA does not require translating and distributing the entire SPD in any non-English languages, but does require…