In a 2017 article (NEW LAW: Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave) we advised Washington employers that a new paid family and medical leave program would be going to effect in Washington starting in January 2020.
While the Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits will not become available to employees until January 1, 2020, the payroll deductions (and the employer’s share of payments) to fund the program begins on January 1, 2019.
This means that starting on January 1st, Washington employers will be required to start doing the following: Continue reading NEW LAW: Washington Employers, Are You Ready for Washington Paid Family Medical Leave?
On November 19, 2018, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries released its final administrative rules interpreting the Oregon Equal Pay Law. These rules are intended to help employers comply with the Oregon’s Equal Pay Law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
As we previously reported (in NEW LAW – Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act), the Oregon’s Equal Pay Law prohibits pay discrimination on the basis of protected class (i.e. race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age) and it also prohibits employers from using an applicant’s salary history as a screening tool for open positions and/or as a determining factor in an employee’s wages. Under this law, employers can only inquire about an applicant’s salary history after making a job offer that includes a compensation amount. Continue reading NEW GUIDANCE: Final Rules Regarding Oregon’s Equal Pay Law Issued
Earlier this year, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA) (Public Act 100-1101) into law. This law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, streamlines and expands the various job-related protections afforded to Illinois service members.
Most importantly, the ISERRA repeals the following statutes:
- Military Leave of Absence Act,
- Public Employee Armed Services Rights Act,
- Municipal Employees Military Active Duty Act, and
- Local Government Employees Benefits Continuation Act
And consolidates the protections afforded under these statutes into the new law. The only law not consolidated into the ISERRA, the Illinois Family Military Leave Act, which family members of a service member with protected leave under certain circumstances*, remains intact. Continue reading NEW LAW: Starting January 1st Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act to Protect Illinois’ Military Service Members
Attention DC Employers, on October 23, 2018, the District of Columbia Mayor signed the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018.” While this law repealed Initiative 77 (discussed in NEW LAW – Washington DC Elimination of Tip Credit Repealed) and imposed new posting requirements on all DC employers (discussed in COMING SOON: New Posting Requirements for All DC Employers), the new law also imposes the following new requirements on employers of tipped employees:
Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training For Tipped Employees
Employers will be required to provide sexual harassment training to their tipped employees and managers. This training must be either through a course developed by the Office of Human Rights (OHR) or from an OHR-certified provider. Continue reading NEW LAW: DC To Require Sexual Harassment Training for Tipped Employees
Attention employers in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California … minimum wage in these cities is increasing on January 1, 2019.
For employers in both Mountain View and Sunnyvale, minimum wage is increasing from $15.00 to $15.65 per hour on January 1, 2019.
Employers in these cities should prepare for the increase and download the update minimum wage poster available here:
As all New York employers are aware, earlier this year, New York enacted an expansive set of laws relating to sexual harassment, which went into effect earlier this month.
Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Labor released English versions of a Model Sexual Harassment Policy, Model Complaint Form, Training Requirements, and FAQs, which are available here.
On October 17, 2018, the New York State Department of Labor released translated versions of these documents in the following languages: Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish, which are available here.
One of the requirements under these new laws is the requirement that employers provide sexual harassment training materials and policies to their employees in the employee’s primary language. If the New York State Department of Labor has not translated a document into the language spoken by an employee, an employer is considered in compliance by providing the employee English language documents.
Vermont employers, mark your calendars: The Vermont Department of Labor recently announced that on January 1, 2019, Vermont’s minimum wage will increase from $10.50 to $10.78 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees of large employers will also increase from $5.25 to $5.39 per hour.
Under Vermont law, Vermont’s minimum wage rate increases annually every January 1 by either 5% or the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index, CPI-U, U.S.: city average,
not seasonally adjusted, whichever is smaller.
It is recommended that all Vermont employers prepare for these increases and download the revised minimum wage poster for 2019.
New Jersey employers, mark your calendars: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently announced that on January 1, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.60 to $8.85 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees will remain at 2.13 per hour.
It is recommended that all New Jersey employers prepare for these increases and download the new New Jersey minimum wage poster.
Florida employers, mark your calendars: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently announced that on January 1, 2019, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.46 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees of large employers will also increase from $5.23 to $5.44 per hour.
It is recommended that all Florida employers prepare for these increases and download the revised minimum wage poster for 2019. This poster is also available in Spanish and Kreyòl.
On October 3, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published the required New Jersey paid sick leave law poster in English (other languages will be available soon).
This new poster includes information regarding the state’s new paid sick leave law.
This poster must be posted “in a conspicuous place” at the employer’s premises “where notices to employees and applicants for employment are customarily posted.”
In addition to the posting requirements, employers are required to provide employees with a copy of this poster at the following times:
- Within 30 days of October 3, 2018 (the date it was issued by the NJDOL),
- At the time of hiring (if the employee is hired after the notice is issued), and
- The first time an employee requests a copy of the notice.
Employees can be provided with a hard copy of the notice or it may be distributed via email.
It is recommended that all New Jersey employers do the following as soon as possible:
- Post this new poster in their workplace
- Distribute the notice to all employees.