Published: January 16, 2019

This year, private-sector employers in New York must provide employees with more paid family leave than ever before.  In addition to State-mandated family leave, New York City officials have proposed new legislation that, if enacted, would provide paid personal leave for all employees who work in the city.

New York Paid Family Leave

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Published: January 14, 2019

Payday lender Check Into Cash of Illinois LLC has agreed to stop using restrictive non-compete agreements for low-wage customer service employees at its 33 Illinois locations to settle a lawsuit by the State Attorney General’s office.

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Published: January 10, 2019

In January 2018, the District Court for the District of Colorado rejected a cannabis company's argument that it was not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) because it was engaged in an industry "entirely forbidden" by the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and denied its motion to dismiss. The matter now sits before the Tenth Circuit where it will decide whether employees working for cannabis companies are protected by federal employment statutes, specifically the FLSA.  

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Published: January 2, 2019

If you have a job or own a company, odds are that you or your employer offer some sort of wellness incentive program. According to a May 2018 survey by the National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments, 86 percent of employers offer financial incentives as part of well being platforms.1  However, incentive-based programs have been subject to recent litigation, leaving their future unclear.

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Published: December 19, 2018

On December 6, 2018, the Philadelphia City Council passed the Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, which will go into effect January 1, 2020. The ordinance, which Mayor Jim Kenney expects to sign into law, will require service and hospitality employers with 250 employees in 30 or more locations worldwide to provide workers with advance notice of their schedules and "predictability pay" if the schedules change. Covered employers include retail, hospitality, and food services establishments.

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Published: December 17, 2018

On January 1, 2019, a recent addition to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) will take effect, imposing a new burden on Illinois employers.

The IWPCA, which generally governs the payment of wages and final compensation in Illinois, will now require employers to reimburse employees for all "necessary expenditures or losses." In order to qualify for reimbursement under the statute, the expense must:

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Published: December 12, 2018

Pennsylvania’s highest court recently issued a major decision that impacts employers and their storage of sensitive employee information in two important ways. First, the court imposed a new duty on employers to use reasonable care in safeguarding sensitive employee personal information stored on its systems. Second, if an employer breaches that duty and the information is hacked, the employees can recover monetary damages.

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Published: December 7, 2018

It is now December, which means that holiday parties are on the horizon for many employers. As the celebrations are just around the corner, consider the following tips to ensure that no lawsuits appear under the tree this year.

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Published: November 19, 2018

On November 8, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Opinion Letter eliminating the “80/20” rule for tipped employees.  Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may pay tipped employees reduced wages and claim a tip credit to make up the difference between the reduced cash wage and the federal minimum wage. See 29 U.S.C. § 203.  An employee is “tipped” when he or she is “engaged in an occupation in which he customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips.” Id. 

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