Another Look at the Calendar

As this is the last Small Regular No Sugar before the New Year, we want to again remind you to be aware that many laws and business requirements will change with the turn of the calendar. Toward that end, be aware that a number of changes will occur in California employment law on January 1,…

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Illinois Anti-Sexual Harassment Required December 30

Not unlike the New York minimum wage increase, the new Illinois anti-sexual harassment training requirement takes effect just before the New Year – on December 31. The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (IWTA) requires employers to provide the anti-harassment training to all employees at least once a year. In addition, the IWTA specifies exactly what the…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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Impact of Mandates Becoming Clearer

As more states and localities have rushed to mandate higher wages, paid leave benefits and predictive scheduling (Fair Workweek laws), many business interests and economic-focused organizations have cautioned about the impact these mandates may have on business over time. It would appear that those cautions are starting to come to fruition if one looks more…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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Federal Fair Scheduling Bill Refiled

Legislation to require “fair scheduling” in the service sector at the national level was expected to be reintroduced as early as yesterday by democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the top Democrat on the House Labor appropriations subcommittee. The legislation, which will require “fair…

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Chicago Council Passes Fair Workweek Law

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved the “Fair Workweek” that mandates at least a two week notice of work schedules and provides penalty pay for those whose schedules are changed within that two week timeframe. The final ordinance, which was spearheaded by new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, covers eight different industries from restaurants to manufacturing…

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New Year, New Requirements

Similar to the experience we’ve seen with minimum wages over the past few years, the proliferation of so-called workplace fairness issues such as paid sick leave, predictive scheduling, pay equity and the like has been unrelenting and gaining steam recently. We would expect to see more of these issues surfacing in more locations in 2019.…

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Fair Workweek

Speaking of an anti-business bent, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did as expected this week and signed the new Fair Workweek ordinance into law. The law, modeled in many ways after New York City’s predictive scheduling mandate, requires businesses with 250 employees and more than 30 locations worlwide (franchises included) to give at least 10 days’…

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