Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Bernalillo County, New Mexico Raise Minimum Wage Rates

Three New Mexico communities are increasing their minimum wage rates. Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Bernalillo each tie the minimum wage rate in their jurisdictions to increases in the cost of living from the previous year, as measured by the Consumer … Continue reading

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New York Employers Are Not Required to Compensate Employees for Time at Alcohol Counseling and Treatment Sessions

In Gibbs v. City of New York, the New York Federal Court has found that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to pay their employees for attending mandatory alcohol counseling and treatment sessions to keep their … Continue reading

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US DOL Final Rule Defines “Spouse” to Include All Married Same-sex Couples

Today the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Final Rule extending the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) protections to married same-sex couples regardless of whether the state they live in recognizes their union. This rule will ensure that spouses … Continue reading

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City of Philadelphia Passes Paid Sick Leave

Like several cities across the country, Philadelphia is the latest city to pass a paid sick leave bill. Philadelphia’s mayor Michael Nutter signed into law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance on February 12, 2015. The bill becomes effective … Continue reading

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CalOSHA Takes On Workplace Violence Prevention Regulation To Protect Healthcare Workers

Cal/OSHA regulations for workplace violence prevention in hospital and healthcare settings have been anticipated since the 2014 passage of CA SB 1299. That bill requires Cal/OSHA to adopt standards by January 1, 2016 that require hospitals to establish workplace violence … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Mandatory Workers’ Compensation Posting Update

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor has recently revised its workers’ compensation notice posting. By law, all Pennsylvania employers are required to post this notice (LIBC-500) in a prominent and easily accessible location in the workplace. The posting includes the name, address … Continue reading

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California Employees Can Be Required to Remain On Call Duty During Rest Breaks

Two recent California court decisions have interpreted features of California law that affect how employees spend their break time and what their employers can expect. Specifically, the decisions concern employee reprieve from work and availability during meal and rest periods. … Continue reading

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Bill H2 May Increase Kentucky’s Minimum Wage Rate

Kentuckians earning minimum wage may see an increase in their pay starting this July, if Bill H2 is passed. The current minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour and may increase to $8.20 per hour beginning July 1st, if bill … Continue reading

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Virginia Bill Seeks Prompt Reporting of Work-related Injuries

Virginia employers may soon face stricter injury reporting rules. A proposed workplace safety bill aligning Virginia reporting requirements in cases of severe work-related injuries and fatalities with federal occupational safety and health reporting requirements is moving forward in the state … Continue reading

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Minnesota Pregnancy, Parenting and Caregiver Leave Bill Introduced

The state of Minnesota has introduced a bill that if passed, will provide employees with a pregnancy, parenting and caregiver leave with some level of compensation. Under Bill H 580, an employer with one or more employees will be required … Continue reading

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