Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect April 1

Starting April 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate in Nova Scotia will increase to $10.60 per hour. The minimum wage rate for inexperienced workers will increase to $10.10 per hour. The increase is based on a two percent increase in … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Bans Military Status, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment

In the last three years, Puerto Rico enacted two laws that extended protections against employment discrimination available under Act No. 100 of June 30, 1959 to employees based on their military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In May 29, … Continue reading

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Amended CFRA Regulations to Take Effect July 1, 2015

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved Amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Regulations, which will take effect July 1, 2015. The CFRA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks leave in any 12-month … Continue reading

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Bloomfield Latest New Jersey City to Pass Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Bloomfield is the ninth New Jersey city to pass a paid sick leave law. Under the new ordinance, effective June 30, 2015, employees working in the city of Bloomfield will start earning one hour of paid sick time for every … Continue reading

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Overhaul of FLSA Overtime Rules May Mean a Raise for White Collar Workers

Last week, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the US Secretary of Labor to begin the process of updating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime rules to better fit today’s economy. Under the FLSA, workers who are paid hourly … Continue reading

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MIOSHA and MLTAI Renew Alliance

An alliance between Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship (MLTAI) was first formed in 2011. The goal of the formal alliance was to provide its members with information regarding workplace health and … Continue reading

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Seattle Minimum Wage Takes Effect April 1, 2015

Soon, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance will go into effect establishing the minimum wage rate for work performed in Seattle, as follows: $11.00 per hour minimum wage rate for employees of small employers (businesses with 500 or fewer employees in the … Continue reading

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NY Department of Labor Adopts Hospitality Wage Board Proposal

The state of New York increased the general minimum wage rate in a series of three annual increments starting in 2013; as a result, a Wage Board was appointed to investigate and recommend any changes to service employees’ minimum wage. … Continue reading

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Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect Unpaid Interns

Summer is just around the corner and already employers are planning for the arrival of unpaid interns to join their workplace ranks. As defined under federal, state and local law, the term “unpaid intern” generally refers to a closely supervised … Continue reading

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Minnesota Legislature Introduces the “Working Parent Act”

Minnesota’s Bill H 1093, introduced on February 19th, proposes numerous changes to Minnesota’s employment provisions. The bill also known as “Working Parent Act,” covers employee rest and meal breaks, fair scheduling, and earned sick and safe time. Under the proposed bill, … Continue reading

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