Kathy White, J.D.


British Columbia employee leaves

This year, British Columbia enacted the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2018 (ESA).  The new law expands employees’ pregnancy, parental and compassionate care leave rights and establishes two new leave entitlements.  The expanded leave protections better reflect the self and family care-giving needs of BC’s working families. The law also allows employees to take advantage of Read more

Employee Employer compliance assistance

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI).  The new agency is tasked with expanding and developing innovative approaches to compliance assistance, including more effective use of online resources to promote a better understanding of federal labor laws and regulations.  Providing employers Read more


This January, Hawaii will join a growing number of states that prohibit employers from using a job applicant’s current or prior salary history information to determine what compensation to offer the applicant.  Hawaii’s law will prohibit employers from asking job applicants directly about their salary history, searching publicly available records for an applicant’s salary history, Read more

California Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Housekeepers Poster

California employers in the hotel and lodging industry must comply with a new regulation (8 CCR § 3345) requiring employers to implement an effective, written safety program to prevent work-related injuries suffered by housekeeping workers.  The standard requires employers to perform an annual worksite evaluation, establish procedures to ensure safe work practices are followed, investigate Read more

Vermont Employment Protection for Victims of Crime Poster Peel 'N Post

During this year’s legislative term, Vermont lawmakers passed the Employment Protection for Crime Victims Law (HB 711) adding crime victim status to the list of characteristics which are protected from employment discrimination. The law protects both employees and job applicants who are crime victims from discriminatory employment practices and retaliation. The law also requires employers Read more

California Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Peel 'N Post

California Implements New Claim Filing Procedures for Unemployment, Disability and Paid Family Leave Benefits California employers – it’s time to update workplace posters!  The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has revised the mandatory-to-post Notice to Employees – Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).  The California revised UI, DI, and PFL Read more