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Paid Parental Leave

Both new parents and newborns experience immediate and long-term benefits given adequate time to develop a strong bond from the outset of the relationship, yet many parents are forced to choose between the bonding experience and a paycheck. Lawmakers are attempting to change that dilemma. Momentum is gaining for a national law that would provide Read more

Maine Salary History Ban Signed Into Law

On April 12, 2019, Maine’s first female Governor Janet Mills signed Senate Bill 90, or “An Act Regarding Pay Equality,” into law. The new law, which goes into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends,  seeks to end wage inequality in the state by prohibiting employers from taking salary history into account when Read more

New York Time Off to Vote Poster

On April 1, 2019, the New York Legislature passed the 2019-2020 budget, amending the New York Election Law. Effective immediately, all employers must provide registered voters with up to three hours’ time off at the beginning or end of working hours to vote. Registered voters must request time off to vote at least two working Read more

New Mexico Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Inching Upward Next January, over 20 states are expected to increase their minimum wage rates for the coming year. Some states up their minimum wage rates by implementing an adjustment based on the annual increase in the cost of living. Other states follow a schedule of legislatively established minimum wage rate increases over Read more

Colorado Minimum Wage Order Open for Public Comment

The Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics recently announced that it is seeking input from the public on the Colorado Minimum Wage Order. These rules, which are revised annually to reflect the state minimum wage increase, regulate wage and hour requirements including hours of work, overtime pay, break periods, and acceptable deductions from wages. Read more

Lactation Room

If you’ve been following our blog, you are aware that last year New York City passed two bills that amended the New York City Administrative Code to expand protections for nursing mothers in the workplace. Employers with four or more employees are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees to express breast milk. This new Read more

Spring 2019 Provincial Minimum Wage Updates

It’s  time for some employment standards spring cleaning! Effective April 1, 2019, the provincial minimum wage has increased in four Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Employers in these provinces should be sure that payroll policies for minimum wage workers have been updated and that employees have been Read more

DOL Proposes New Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption

Three years after employers began preparing to raise salary thresholds for employees to qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements, the time may have finally arrived. On March 22, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees” Proposed Rule in Read more

Maryland’s Legislature Passes the $15 Minimum Wage Challenge

Maryland minimum wage workers will notice a substantial 9% increase in their paychecks next year. Last month, the Maryland legislature passed into law a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage rate every year until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour for all employees. Passage of the law required both the House and Senate to Read more