April 2017

Massachusetts employers are now required to apply the “relieved of all work duties” standard when determining if an employee’s meal break is non-compensable. In Devito v. Longwood Security Services Inc., the Massachusetts Superior Court held that meal breaks are “working time,” unless the employee is relieved of all work-related duties during the break. The Plaintiffs, security officers Read more

Colorado Wage Theft

Good news for workers and the employers who pay them what they’ve earned! On April 13, 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Wage Theft Transparency Act into law. The Wage Theft Transparency Act makes information relating to wage violations accessible to public records requests in order to protect workers from wage theft and law-abiding Read more

On April 6, 2017 the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia filed a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, arguing that the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance violates businesses’ freedom of speech. Our readers may remember that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed this new legislation in January and is scheduled Read more

The District of Columbia routinely enacts emergency, temporary and clarification laws to tie up loose ends in existing laws. The most recent example is the Wage Theft Prevention Clarification and Overtime Fairness Amendment Act of 2016 (WTPCOFAA) which went into effect this month. The legislation details wage theft administrative and judicial procedures, increases penalties for Read more

In the wake of the Arizona Supreme Court’s rejection of a bid to block the state minimum wage increase, the Flagstaff City Council reconvened to slow down the city minimum wage’s impending leap above the state rates. Flagstaff’s Proposition 414 was intended to raise the city minimum wage to $15 by the year 2021, starting Read more

Employees in the state of New York are now free to discuss their compensation in the workplace. The New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) has adopted new regulations that help clarify standards for limitations on inquiry, discussion, or disclosure of wages between employees. Under the regulations, employers cannot prohibit employees from inquiring about, discussing, or Read more

Last month, the Alberta Ministry of Labour announced that the province’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code will undergo review. Prior to a full governmental review, the Ministry has opened a comment period for Albertan employers and workers, which is due to come to an end next week on April 18, 2017.The changes which Read more