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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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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Mitigating the Risks of Coronavirus for U.S. Employers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” Since the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (also called COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, the world has been on high alert.  As the number of confirmed cases and deaths continues to rise, the U.S. government has suspended the entry of foreign nationals who have

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Two New Updates for New York State Poster

Every year, around December 31, we can count on New York State to update its Miscellaneous Industry Employees minimum wage notice. And this past December, just like 2018, the state’s Discrimination notice was also updated. New Minimum Wage Rates for Miscellaneous Industries On Dec. 30, 2019, New York State’s Department of Labor (DOL) issued the updated minimum wage notice for Miscellaneous Industry Employees, which has a revision date of 12/19.

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Minimum Wage & Discrimination Updates for Flagstaff in 2020

Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2020, employers in the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, must pay employees who are covered under the Minimum Wage Law $13.00 per hour. The Minimum Wage notice describes covered employees as: Those who work/are expected to work 25 hours or more within the city limits in a calendar year. Those who are/were employed by an employer regardless of the employer’s location or the employees’ immigration status.

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New Minimum Wage & Commuter Benefits for Seattle

As of January 1, 2020, Seattle employers are required to post an updated Minimum Wage notice, as well as a new Commuter Benefits Ordinance notice. At this time, there are no changes to the city’s Paid Sick & Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment, and Wage Theft ordinances.   New Minimum Wage Rates for Large & Small Employers Effective January 1, 2020: Large employers (501 or more employees) must pay a minimum

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in Florida?

  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, Florida is not one of them.   In the Sunshine State, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or rest break to its employees aged 18

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