San Diego City Council Adopts Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

San Diego’s City Council has successfully overridden the mayor’s veto of a Earned Sick Leave & Minimum Wage Ordinance (#20390). It is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2015. The Ordinance imposes several requirements for employers: paying a minimum wage … Continue reading

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Illinois Enacts Law Authorizing Payroll Debit Cards

Payment of wages by payroll debit card is a growing trend. Now Illinois has amended state law to expressly sanction employers’ use of payroll debit cards to pay employees’ wages.  Under the prior version of the law, employers were required … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Wage

A petition initiative to increase Nebraska’s minimum wage has cleared the necessary hurdles to be voted on during the general election in November 2014. Ballot initiatives give voters the opportunity to send clear signals to lawmakers regarding issues important to … Continue reading

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DOL Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Federal Contractor Pay Reporting Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is inviting the public to comment on a newly proposed rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual “Equal Pay Report” on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract … Continue reading

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Will San Diego Become the Next City in California to Adopt a City Minimum Wage?

On Monday August 18th the San Diego City Council will meet to discuss overriding Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the city ordinance to increase the minimum wage. A special meeting has been called because overrides must be considered within 30 … Continue reading

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Louisiana Law Protects Privacy of Employees’ Social Media Passwords

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana law prohibits employers from accessing employees’ personal online accounts – including social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or similar sites), blogs, email accounts, or any other personal online accounts.  The state ban also prohibits employers from … Continue reading

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Canada Overhauls Its Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Government of Canada has recently overhauled the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP); re-organizing it into two distinct programs. The changes are designed to ensure Canadians are considered first for available jobs. Foreign workers should only be used to fill … Continue reading

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Do Federal Contract Workers Count as Employees or Independent Contractors

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted guidance for federal contractors to determine which workers are “employees” and which are “independent contractors”, or other non-employee workers. Workers that are “employees” must be included in the contractor’s Affirmative Action … Continue reading

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California City Adopts Higher Minimum Wage

The City Council of Berkeley California recently adopted a City Minimum Wage Ordinance, 7-352-N.S., BMC Chapter 13.99. Under the ordinance, employers must pay employees no less than the minimum wage set forth for each hour worked in the geographic boundaries … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Mandatory Posting Update; Peel ‘N Post Available

Oklahoma underwent a major workers’ compensation law revision in 2013. The State’s amended Workers’ Compensation posting has been revised to reflect changes in claim filing deadlines under the new law. Specifically, a claim for benefits on account of death must … Continue reading

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