Nevada domestic violence leave law takes effect January 1

by Deanna L. Forbush

Nevada’s law requiring employers to provide victims of domestic violence time off, reasonable accommodations, and protection against discrimination and retaliation takes effect January 1.

Requirements, definitions

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Maine’s minimum wage law change going into effect January 1

by Matthew Jacobson

Changes to the Maine minimum wage law taking effect January 1 mean that the minimum wage for tipped workers will continue to be $5 an hour instead of rising $1 an hour like the minimum wage for workers who don’t receive tips.

Maine voters approved Question 4 on the 2016 ballot. The initiative set in motion annual minimum wage increases that will take the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour in 2016 to $12 an hour by 2020. The rate going into effect on January 1, 2018, puts the nontipped minimum wage at $10 an hour, up from the 2017 rate of $9 an hour.

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Overtime law changing for Oregon manufacturing employers

by Cal Keith

Much of a new law affecting overtime pay in mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities in Oregon will take effect on January 1.

In most circumstances, employers in Oregon must pay overtime wages after an employee has worked 40 hours in a week, but mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities also face a daily overtime requirement after 10 hours. In December 2016, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) changed its long-established interpretation of overtime rules for mills, factories, and manufacturing facilities to require employers to sometimes pay more overtime than under the previous interpretation.

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January 1 is key date for New York paid family leave law

Diversity Insight paid family leaveby Angelo D. Catalano

Employers in New York need to be ready to provide paid family leave (PFL) to eligible employees as of January 1.

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New minimum wage, paid sick leave requirements for Washington

by Cate DeJulio and Stephanie Holstein

Employers in Washington will be required to comply with a new minimum wage and offer paid sick leave beginning January 1, 2018.

Minimum wage

As a result of Initiative Measure (IM) 1433, approved by voters in November 2016, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour on January 1, 2018, up from the $11 rate that went into effect on January 1, 2017. In 2019, the minimum wage will rise to $12 per hour, and in 2020, it will increase to $13.50. Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually to keep up with inflation.

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Delaware salary history law set to take effect

by Molly DiBianca

Delaware’s new law limiting employers’ ability to inquire about job candidates’ compensation history is set to take effect on December 14.

The law is intended to address pay disparities between men and women. Because women often make less than their male counterparts, the pay gap is perpetuated if women’s wages are based on salary history instead of a set range for a particular position. Thus, according to the theory, the new law will level the playing field.

The law prohibits employers from asking about an applicant’s salary history or using salary history as a screening criterion. A candidate may volunteer salary information, and the law explicitly allows employers to discuss and negotiate compensation. Once a job offer (including the terms of compensation) has been extended and accepted, the employer may inquire about the applicant’s salary history, but it may not use the information to make pay decisions.

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New York City’s ‘Fair Workweek’ laws set to take effect

by Angelo D. Catalano
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

New York City fast-food and retail employers need to be ready for the city’s package of five new “Fair Workweek” laws when they go into effect on November 26. Following is a summary outlining the basics of the new laws.

Fast-food workers

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Maryland county passes $15 minimum wage

Hero Line minimum wage increasesby Kevin C. McCormick

On November 7, the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council unanimously approved Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties—County Minimum Wage Amount—Annual Adjustment, which will increase the minimum wage for all employees in the county by 2024.

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California employers must adjust to new laws on leave, pay, criminal history

Pay equity, parental leave, and criminal history are hot topics that have been grabbing attention for some time, and employers in California now need to prepare for three newly signed laws addressing those issues.

The new laws include restrictions on employers asking applicants questions related to salary history and criminal history and impose new parental leave requirements on small employers.

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New law bans New York City employers from asking for salary history

by Charles H. Kaplan and Theresa M. Levine

Employers in New York City will be prohibited from asking applicants about their previous salary when an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) goes into effect on October 31.

The amendment prohibits employers from asking about applicants’ wages, salaries, benefits, and other compensation history during the process of hiring or negotiating an employment contract. Also, the amendment prohibits employers from asking an applicant’s current or prior employer about wages and makes it unlawful for an employer to search publicly available records or reports to obtain an applicant’s salary history.

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