• 2019 Minimum Wage Rate Increases: The List Grows

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    December 19, 2018

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    2019 Minimum Wage Rate Increases: The List Grows

    While the federal minimum wage has remained stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009, there has been significant movement at the state level, with some states enacting a minimum wage rate that is now more than double the federal level. Read full article

    Background Checks


    Salary History Ban Arrives in New York’s Suffolk County

    New York’s Suffolk County is the latest local jurisdiction to adopt legislation prohibiting employers from asking about the prior salary histories of prospective employees.
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    Disability, Leave and Health Management

    New York City Employers Must Provide Lactation Rooms, Maintain Written Policy

    Effective March 18, 2019, New York City employers with at least four workers must provide lactation rooms for employees and maintain a written policy for distribution to employees upon hire. Read full article

    Blog | Common FMLA Mistakes: Inpatient Care

    This is the latest in our series highlighting common mistakes employers can inadvertently make regarding Family and Medical Leave Act administration.
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    Employee Benefits


    Blog | IRS Proposes Regulations on Changes to 401(k) Hardship Distribution Rules

    The IRS has issued proposed regulations to implement legislative changes modifying the requirements related to hardship distributions from 401(k) plans.
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    General Employment Litigation

    Blog | No Liability for School in $4-Million Gender Discrimination Suit

    A federal jury concluded that a former school superintendent failed to meet her burden of proving she was unlawfully terminated based on her gender and pregnancy status.
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    Blog | Amendments to H-1B Visa Regulations Proposed

    On the H-1B process, the Department of Homeland Security is proposing to add electronic pre-registration and change random selection to benefit holders of U.S. master’s degree. Read full blog post

    Blog | USCIS Policy Memo on L-1 Visa Work Requirement

    USCIS has clarified the “one continuous year out of three years” L-1 requirement refers to the time before the individual’s filing. Read full blog post

    Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition

    Blog | Delaware Court Grapples with Enforcement of Choice of Law Provisions in Restrictive Covenant Agreements

    There is no guarantee that courts will honor a choice of law provision, particularly where the agreement’s purpose conflicts with the public policy interests of a different state sharing an interest in the subject matter at issue. Read full blog post

    Pay Equity


    Oregon Publishes Final Rule Implementing its Expansive Equal Pay Act, Effective January 1, 2019

    A majority of the provisions of Oregon’s Equal Pay Act will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Read full article

    Blog | California Fair Pay Act Guidance Released

    The California Pay Equity Task Force’s guidance for employees, employers, and unions on how they may comply with the new pay law includes tips and recommended practices for employers. Read full blog post

    Wage and Hour

    New York State Department of Labor Issues Revised Proposed ‘Predictive Scheduling’ Regulations

    The New York State Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations on worker scheduling practices that will affect most employers in the state (though employers covered by the Hospitality Wage Order — hotels and restaurants — are not covered by the current proposed regulations). Read full article


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