paid sick leave

Minimum Wage Two important announcements regarding federal contractors came from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in September. First, on September 20, 2016, the DOL published a notice that the minimum wage for employees working on certain government contracts will increase to $10.20 per hour beginning January 1, 2017, pursuant to Executive Order 13658, Establishing Read more

Although the Illinois state legislature is presently considering a statewide sick leave bill, currently there is no Illinois state law requiring private employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid. Today, more than 40% of private sector workers in Illinois cannot earn paid sick time. Of those workers who receive paid health care time, Read more

Last year, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 (EO) to establish paid sick leave for federal contractors. The Executive Order requires certain federal contractors to provide their employees with up to 7 days (56 hours) of paid sick leave per year, including paid leave allowing for family care. By September 30, 2016, the proposed regulations Read more

Effective July 11, 2016, employers in the City of San Diego are required to pay employees a higher minimum wage rate and provide their employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Minimum Wage Under San Diego’s newly approved Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, the current minimum wage rate Read more

Employers in the City of Los Angeles had more than a year to prepare for the City’s minimum wage hike that went into effect at the beginning of this month, but relatively little time to prepare for the mandatory paid sick leave benefits that also began to accrue to their employees since the beginning of Read more

Add one more city to the country’s new era of the mandatory paid sick leave ordinance. Recently, the Chicago City Council passed the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, effective next year on July 1, 2017. Covered employees, which are employees who work at least 80 hours for an employer within any 120-day period, can accrue hours Read more

Seattle 4-In-One “Workplace Poster” Late last year, the City of Seattle, Washington conducted an overhaul of its labor laws, enhancing employee protections and standardizing employer compliance requirements with the passage of Ordinance 124960. The changes affect the way employers must administer their workplace policies and procedures and provide greater protection to applicants and employees that Read more

On January 1, 2017, Vermont will become the fifth state to require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave, following Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Vermont ‘s paid sick leave law will eventually provide employees with five days (40 hours) of paid sick leave per year, but employers will have plenty of time to prepare Read more

On September 7, 2015, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13706 (EO) requiring that certain federal contractors provide their employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year, including paid leave allowing for family care. Accordingly, the US Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Proposed Rule to implement the EO.  The public Read more

Beginning January 1, 2016, Oregon employees will have new protections and their employers will have new legal responsibilities. Following a busy legislative year, the following are some of the new laws taking effect this January that affect Oregon workplaces: Statewide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave – Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon employers with 10 or more Read more