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New York Paid Family Leave in 2020

November 8, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Arnold

The arrival of the holiday season means that 2020 is just around the corner.  In anticipation of the new year, employers should take time to review upcoming changes to the requirements of the New York Paid Family Leave Law (NYPFL or PFL) and ensure compliance with any leave requests that may soon come their way.
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued a coordinated set of final regulations (“final rules”) permitting employers to, among other things, make individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs) available to their employees for the purposes of purchasing individual market health insurance coverage
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BUBBLER – California Keeps Saying No(vember)

November 7, 2019 | Blog | By Don Davis

In addition to death and taxes, there’s one more certainty in life -- that California’s General Assembly will keep employment lawyers in business. In September and October, California enacted a pair of ground-shifting new laws that practically scream “NO” to employers. These new laws are causing employers to scramble.
The D.C. council is considering legislation that would prohibit the use of non-compete provisions for entry level and moderate-income employees, and would apply to D.C. workers that earn up to three times the minimum wage, currently equal to $87,654 annually.   
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UPDATE: Court Extends EEO-1 Component 2 Collection Deadline

November 4, 2019 | Blog | By Morgan Tanafon

The EEOC announced a new deadline by which employers should submit their Component 2 data: November 11, 2019.  The EEOC requested that the court confirm this deadline, by which time the EEOC anticipates to have reached or exceeded its target percentage of a 72.7% response rate.

The California Consumer Privacy Act – A Brief Guide for Covered Employers

October 29, 2019 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Jennifer Rubin

The California Consumer Privacy Act becomes effective on January 1, 2020 with an amendment that impacts California employers. Covered businesses should, of course, already be in the process of preparing CCPA privacy notices and disclosures. And while the amendment carves out some of the direct CCPA provisions applicable to California employers, employee data – and how it is handled – should also be on every covered employers’ to do list.
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California Prohibits Mandatory Employment Arbitration

October 25, 2019 | Blog | By Audrey Nguyen, Jennifer Rubin

California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed AB 51 into law, which means that effective January 1, 2020, employers will (purportedly) be prohibited from requiring employees to consent to mandatory arbitration of employment claims. Here is what your business needs to do now:
New York recently extended its protections of the New York City Human Rights Law to non-employees, including contractors and freelancers, following in the footsteps of New York State, which recently amended its Human Rights Law in a similar manner.  The new law will go into effect in January 2020.  We wanted to highlight an important development that arises out of the change in this law. 
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Calculating overtime pay for tipped employees working in multiple positions at different rates in a single workweek can be confusing. So confusing, in fact, that we discovered that even the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services (“DOES”) was getting it wrong in guidance published on its website. Before reviewing what DOES did wrong, let’s briefly review the key principles to keep in mind when calculating overtime pay for tipped and non-tipped employees in Washington, D.C.
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This week, Law360 published an article by our colleague and thought leader Jen Rubin that reflects on progress toward gender parity arising out of the #MeToo movement.

EEOC Extends Collection Period for EEO-1 Component 2 Data

October 1, 2019 | Blog | By Morgan Tanafon

On September 27, the EEOC announced in a court filing that collection of Component 2 data is continuing as long as “the Court’s order is in effect stating that collection will not be complete until it reaches what the Court has determined to be the target response rate. . .”

The Long-Awaited Final Overtime Rule Has Landed

September 26, 2019 | Blog | By Don Davis, Morgan Tanafon

The Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of its long-anticipated update to the rule calculating overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  As you might recall, the DOL attempted to update the overtime rule back in 2016, but some states and business groups who opposed the rule successfully challenged it in court. The Final Rule increases the “standard salary level” to qualify for an exemption from overtime, but not as drastically as the attempted 2016 update.  The final rule is effective January 1, 2020, and we highlight its key provisions and provide next-step guidance below:

California Supreme Court Delivers PAGA Win for Employers

September 13, 2019 | Blog | By Paul Huston

In a significant victory for California employers who use arbitration agreements, the California Supreme Court ruled (ZB, N.A. et al. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, S246711 (September 12, 2019)) that the recovery of underpaid wages was not a civil penalty recoverable under the Private Attorney General Act, Labor Code section 2699 et seq. (“PAGA”), and that claims seeking such recovery were indeed subject to individual arbitration in accordance with Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348.
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Important EEO-1 Component 2 Deadline Approaching This Month

September 13, 2019 | Blog | By Morgan Tanafon

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Read about the AB 5, a bill passed by the California legislature that effectively bans nearly all categories of independent contractors, not just gig economy workers.
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The Bubbler – We’ll Wake You Up When September Ends

September 5, 2019 | Blog | By Don Davis

We know August was exhausting for employers – New York, New Jersey, Maine, Colorado, and yes, even Alabama – all kept you on your toes with new and updated employment legislation that represents an array of new compliance obligations.  These new restrictions on employers run the gamut from prohibitions on certain non-competes in New Hampshire to equal pay legislation in Alabama to a Maine ban on salary history questions to medical marijuana protections in New Jersey to a Colorado ban-the-box law.
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Join Us for a Webinar on MA Paid Family and Medical Leave

August 30, 2019 | Blog | By Natalie Young

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Artificial Intelligence in the Employment Relationship: Friend or Foe?

August 21, 2019 | Blog | By O'Kelly E. McWilliams, III, Jennifer Budoff

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) is no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies or alien invasions.  The technology has permeated everyday life from Siri and Alexa to Facebook and Google.  While marketing teams have been relying on AI for years to help streamline business efforts and target consumers, employers have finally joined in on the hype. 
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Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Updating the New York State Human Rights Law

August 13, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Arnold, Brie Kluytenaar

On Monday, Governor Cuomo signed into the law the last of four bills aimed at strengthening workplace protections for employees.  In mid-July, the Governor signed pay equity, salary history disclosure and hair discrimination laws into effect.  Now, the Governor has completed this effort by signing into the law a bill that makes significant changes to the New York Human Rights Law.

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