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Update on Local Sick Pay Laws in Texas

The Texas legislative session has come to a close, and the much expected law banning cities from implementing sick leave ordinances and similar employment laws failed to make it to the Governor’s desk. The reason for the collapse of the

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Nine Questions Answered About the Proposed Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance

The proposed Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, introduced in the City Council on May 29, 2019, would require certain Chicago employers to publish employees’ schedules two weeks in advance and limit their ability to change employees’ schedules or impose mandatory overtime

Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Update on Texas Legislature Bill to Reverse Austin Sick Pay Law

At the beginning of the Texas Legislature session this year, it seemed like a slam dunk that conservative lawmakers would stop Austin and other cities in their tracks in their efforts to pass employment laws like mandatory sick pay. Senate

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Can an Airport Skycap’s Complaint About the Poor Tipping Habits of French Soccer Players Really Become a Federal Case?

Yes! One of the least appreciated federal workplace laws is Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the 1935 law which gives most private sector employees in the U.S. the right to form and join unions.  Section 7 of

Posted in NLRB, Wage and Hour

Philadelphia’s Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance Targets Hospitality, Retail and Food Services Employers

In December 2018, Philadelphia enacted The Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, which has widespread ramifications for non-exempt workers in the retail, hospitality and food services industries. The ordinance, which takes effect January 1, 2020, targets employers with at least 250

Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Updated FMLA Forms with the Class Syllabus

On September 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division rolled out “updated” FMLA compliance forms and, despite containing no substantive changes, if your company uses the model FMLA forms, these new forms should be utilized starting

Posted in Wage and Hour

Fight Heats Up Over Sick Pay in Texas Cities

San Antonio City Council approved a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on Thursday, August 16, 2018, which allows workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year. This law largely tracks the recent Austin sick pay ordinance,

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Is Comp Time Finally Coming to Private Employers?

Comp time has long been available to public sector employees, but never for private companies. That might be changing soon. On May 2, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act. This bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act

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Cozen O’Connor’s 2017 Observer

Well, 2017 is here; and Cozen O’Connor has just issued its annual Labor and Employment Observer, which contains thoughtful analysis on the year and review of what to expect in the future. A link to the materials can be found

Posted in Discrimination, Federal Government, Healthcare Reform, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Anti-Trust Laws Can Impact HR Departments

You can add anti-trust laws to the long list of legal risks that must now be managed by corporate HR departments. According to a recent guidance document prepared by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, the following

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