On June 29, 2017, the House approved and sent to the governor, Senate Bill 828 which will require large employers in certain industries to provide advanced notice to employees of their work schedules. This new law will affect only retail, hospitality, and food service establishments with 500 or more employees worldwide. Affected employers will have to provide their employees with seven days advance notice of their shift schedules. Affected employers will also need to make a good faith effort to provide new employees with an estimation of the average number of hours the employee can expect to work in a month. It is expected that the governor will sign the bill into law.
On May 22, 2017, the House unanimously re-passed House Bill 2005. The legislation, which is more commonly known as the Equal Pay Act of 2017, was amended by the Senate last week, and is now headed to Governor Brown for her signature.
While the majority of the media attention has been on the provisions in the bill that will prohibit discrimination against women in the payment of wages, there are other provisions affecting employment practices that employers should be aware of.
On Tuesday, November 22, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against an Obama administration regulation, which sought to expand the eligibility of millions of workers for overtime pay.
The regulation was ruled by Judge Mazzat to have likely exceeded the authority of the Obama administration because it nearly doubled the overtime salary threshold. The regulation would raise the minimum annual salary amount from $23,660 to $47,476. It would automatically qualify workers for overtime pay, so long as their annual salary was below the new $47,476 threshold.
On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the popular Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which gives employers a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. One of the key features is that the DTSA allows employers to obtain equitable remedies, actual damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees as well as remedies available under state law.
A major change has taken place for piece-rate workers in Washington. The Washington Supreme Court decided in March of 2015 that piece-rate workers are entitled to receive wages during their rest periods. Not only are piece-rate workers entitled to rest period pay, they must receive the greater of either their regular rate of pay or […]
In the modern world passwords are ubiquitous. By the time we’ve finished our morning coffee we’ve likely used a password to check our email, access our computer, and even open the door to the office. In some contexts we understand (even if we don’t give it much thought), that the password doesn’t “belong” to us: […]
As of January 1, 2014 employers in the City of Portland are required to provide sick-time for their employees. Employers with 6 or more employees are required to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works. Employees with 6 or fewer people are required to provide the same amount […]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” sometimes referred to as Obamacare) creates a number of new requirements for employers. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor announced that some of these requirements will be delayed until 2014 or 2015 to give employers, and the government, more time to ensure a smooth […]
Employers preparing for the upcoming April 30, 2012 implementation date of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) poster display rule can put down the thumbtacks and tape – at least for a little while longer. In light of conflicting district court decisions and pending appeals as to whether the NLRB has authority to order this […]
The NLRB has extended the deadline to hang the mandatory and controversial 11-by-17 inch poster. The original deadline has been extended to April 30, 2012.