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Federal Employment Law Update – November 2016

Nov 18, 2016
WHD Issues Administrator’s Interpretation on State Laws Prohibiting the Payment of Subminimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Administrator’s Interpretation 2016-2: Effect of state laws prohibiting the payment of subminimum wages to workers with disabilities on…
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Federal Employment Law Update – June 9, 2017

Jun 22, 2017
Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule takes effect. The rule requires retirement plan advisors to recommend investments that are in a plan participants’ best interest regardless of fees or commissions. It also expands the definition of an investment advice fiduciary…
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Federal Employment Law Update – September 2016

Oct 10, 2016
EEOC To Begin Collecting Summary Pay Data – Release Revised EEO-1 On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the approval of a revised EEO-1 report to collect summary pay data from certain employers. Under the new reporting requirements private employers including federal contractors and subcontractors with…
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New York Employment Law Update – January 2017

Jan 16, 2017
Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders to Ensure Pay Equity in State Employment and on State Contracts On January 9, 2016, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed two executive orders to ensure pay equity in state employment and on state contracts. Executive Order No. 161, Ensuring Pay Equity by State…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – April 2017

Apr 21, 2017
Unemployment Insurance, Employer Determinations, and Process and Appeal Rights On April 18, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 139), which specifies the process and timeframe for an employer to exercise appeal rights related to employer determinations under the Unemployment Insurance Law. The legislation also requires the Lower Appeals…
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Oregon Employment Law Update – June 2017

Jun 19, 2017
Equal Pay Updates On June 1, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 2005) expanding pay equity protections by strengthening existing protections, disallowing employee or applicant’s salary history to be considered when applying for a job, and encouraging all employers to conduct a pay equity study. New definitions are…
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Minnesota Employment Law Update – May 2016

Jun 3, 2016
Minneapolis Paid Sick Leave On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Effective July 1, 2017, the ordinance requires employers with six or more employees to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for each 30 hours worked, up…
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Rhode Island Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Payment of Wages and Unauthorized Deductions On July 5, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (S.B. 350) prohibiting employers from making deductions from an employee’s wages except for those deductions authorized or required by law, or as expressly authorized in writing by the employee. The law became effective…
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Illinois Employment Law Update – July 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Employee Leasing – Workers’ Compensation On August 5, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation amending the Employee Leasing Company Act (H.B. 6225). The act provides that: A lessor that does not provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for leased employees of a lessee under an employee leasing arrangement will not…
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Maine Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Employment of Minors On July 9, 2017, Maine Senate Paper 548 became law without the governor’s signature as an emergency measure. The law conforms state law to federal law while promoting safe working environments for minors as follows: Amends laws relating to minors age 14 or 15 to allow them…
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Vermont Employment Law Update – May 2017

May 22, 2017
Social Media Privacy for Employees On May 17, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 462) prohibiting an employer from requiring or requesting that an employee or applicant disclose personal social media account information. Retaliation is prohibited against an employee who exercises his or her rights under the law.…
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North Carolina Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 28, 2017
Wage and Hour Act Updated On July 25, 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation (S.B. 82) exempting any employee of a seasonal amusement or recreational establishment from the overtime and recordkeeping provisions under the state’s Wage and Hour Act. The law also removes the requirement to pay seasonal…
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