With the holiday season in full swing and 2024 rapidly approaching, we thought now would be a good time to remind employers of the “gifts” given to them by the California Legislature in 2023 that become effective in 2024.  This past year brought several new laws with it that require employers’ attention, including new leave laws, new protected classes, new workplace safety laws, further non-compete prohibitions, minimum wage changes, and several more.  We “unwrap” and summarize those “presents” below.Continue Reading Ringing in the New California Laws

As of November 26, 2023, the New York City Human Rights Law makes discrimination on the basis of an individual’s height or weight unlawful.  Accordingly, an employer may not discharge or refuse to hire an individual, or provide an individual with less advantageous terms, conditions, or benefits of employment on the basis of actual or perceived height or weight. Continue Reading New York City Bans Employers from Creating Height and Weight Requirements

On November 17, 2023, Governor Kathy Hochul signed SB 4516, an amendment to N.Y. General Obligations Law §5-336 that prohibits liquidated damages clauses in nondisclosure provisions of settlement agreements involving discrimination, harassment or retaliation claims, and adds additional protections for individuals alleging such claims.  The amendment applies to agreements signed on or after November 17, 2023.Continue Reading New Law in New York State Impacts Settlement Agreements

The Supreme Court has released its decision in the case of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland v Agnew.  The Court decided that, with respect to a series of unlawful deductions, a gap of more than three months, or a correct payment, will not automatically break the chain in a series of deductions.Continue Reading UK Supreme Court Ruling:  A Look at the Changes to a Series of Unlawful Deductions

Starting January 1, 2024, a new Illinois law will require employers in the greater Chicago metropolitan area with 50 or more covered employees within one mile of a fixed-route public transit service to provide their full-time employees with pre-tax public transit benefits.  This type of benefit program allows eligible employees to elect pre-tax reductions from their pay to purchase transit passes for use in commuting to and from work.  Transit passes covered by the program include fare cards and passes for public transportation. Continue Reading New Law Requires Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area Employers to Provide Pre-Tax Transit Benefits

In 2023, New York State and New York City amended several labor and employment laws about which employers should be aware to ensure that their policies and procedures remain compliant.  For more detailed information, check out the article here.Continue Reading New York State and City Labor and Employment Updates

On October 4, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 616, amending California’s statewide paid sick and safe leave law.  Effective January 1, 2024, this amendment increases paid leave hours for employees and accrual amounts and provides some protections for employees covered by certain collective bargaining agreements. Continue Reading California Increases Requirements for Paid Sick Leave

On October 13, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 525, codifying Labor Code sections 1182.14 and 1182.15.  The new law establishes five separate minimum wage schedules for all health care employees that will become effective June 1, 2024.  The wage schedule departs from the general statewide $15.00 per hour minimum wage applicable to other hourly paid employees, except for restaurant workers who also recently received a minimum wage increase.Continue Reading California Approves Minimum Wage Increase for Health Care Employees

With the assistance of California governor Gavin Newsom, fast food companies that supported a referendum to reverse the 2022 Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (“AB 257”) struck a deal with several labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, to revise some of AB 257’s most controversial provisions.  In exchange for an agreement on this new bill (“AB 1228”), fast food companies agreed to withdraw the referendum that was set for a vote in 2024.Continue Reading California Fast Food Workers Look Forward to Pay Increases