Texas Employers Need to Know About Meal and Rest Break Labor Laws

Although some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Texas is not one of them.   Under Texas law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or break to its employees. Instead, employers must adhere to the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which also does not mandate a meal or rest

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Texas Employers Need to Know About Meal and Rest Break Labor Laws

Although some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Texas is not one of them.   Under Texas law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or break to its employees. Instead, employers must adhere to the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which also does not mandate a meal or rest

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in Pennsylvania?

Whether an employer permits its employees to have meal breaks and rest breaks is largely within the employer’s discretion. While some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Pennsylvania is not one of them.   Under Pennsylvania law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal or rest break to its adult employees. Pennsylvania’s only requirement for

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Federal Fair Chance Act Limits Criminal Background Checks for Job Applicants

The Fair Chance Act seeks to give ex-offenders released from prison and those with a past criminal conviction a better chance of obtaining employment with federal contractors and federal agencies by deferring any inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer is extended. This follows a trend of “ban the box” laws that have been enacted in various states and localities.   How the Fair Chance

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When Rhode Island Employers Must Pay Sick Leave

One issue raised by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is whether an employee who must self-isolate must be paid. Although there is no federal paid sick leave law, 11 states require paid sick leave, including most recently Rhode Island.   In the event of a public health emergency, regardless of whether a business or a school or childcare facility closes or an employee must care for themselves or a family member who

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in Ohio?

  Whether an employer permits its employees to have meal breaks and rest breaks is largely within the employer’s discretion. Although some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Ohio is not one of them.   Under Ohio law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or rest break to its adult employees age 18

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What Employers Can't Do Under the Coronavirus Relief Law

Signed into law March 18, 2020, the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act will apply from the effective date through December 31. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have provided further interpretation, of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act), advising only certain employers are required to provide employees with the leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  “When facing challenges such as this current

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New Requirements on Utah's Safety and Health Notice

In February 2020, Utah’s Labor Commission released an updated version of the state’s Safety and Health (UOSH) notice. Under the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Act (Utah Act), employers are required to provide a safe and healthful working environment for all employees—a workplace that is free from any hazards that might result in the death of an employee or cause serious physical harm. What’s New for Utah Employees and Employers?

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in New Jersey?

Whether an employer permits its employees to have meal breaks and rest breaks is largely within the employer’s discretion. While some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, New Jersey is not one of them.   Under New Jersey law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or rest break to its adult employees age

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Three States Now Prohibit Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

Following California and New York, in December 2019, New Jersey became the third state to outlaw discrimination against people based on hairstyles associated with race and ethnicity. The “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act” (the “Crown” Act) makes it illegal to discriminate against people at work, school, or in public places based on their hair texture, hair type, and hairstyles, such as braids, dreadlocks, and twists.

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Illinois Labor Law Alert: Longer Workday Breaks Required for Some Workers

Many states have enacted laws that give employees the right to take short workday breaks, even though federal law does not require it. Like California and New York, Illinois has specific requirements for meal and rest breaks. This law is commonly called the “One Day Rest in Seven Act” in Illinois.     Here is a summary of the Illinois requirements:   Meal Breaks in Illinois   Illinois law requires

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