No. 4 on our list: Paid sick leave in Pittsburgh, where the city way back in 2015 approved its ordinance. It got hung up in the courts. For four years.
On the 12th day of employment law compliance my true love gave to me… Probably something to worry about — not drummers drumming or even a partridge in a pear tree.
With the holidays in full swing and the new year nearly upon us, we give you The 12 Days of Employment Law Compliance.
Instead of gifts, however, we’re presenting you with a dozen items from the world of employment law. Hopefully, these 12 facts, tips and resources will have you singing a happy tune.
12 – Different Presidents Who Signed Federal Minimum Wage Increases into Law
The federal minimum wage was first established in 1938. Since then it has been increased 22 times, with 12 different presidents signing the legislation.
Most recently, the federal rate went up in 2009, which makes this current stretch the longest period the U.S. has gone without an increase.
Meanwhile, states, counties and cities have taken it upon themselves to create their own minimum wage rates, which is jolly for employees… but often makes tracking these laws a lump of coal for payroll professionals.
11 – States That Allow the Recreational Use of Marijuana
Along with the Washington, D.C., 11 states currently have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Plenty more have made medical marijuana use permissible under state law. (Of course, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.)
As we mentioned, states across the U.S. are setting their own minimum wage rates. In Nebraska, it’s exactly $9 an hour. (Helpful for our list!)
However, more than 20 states will see minimum wage increases at the outset of 2020. Best be prepared. You wouldn’t want your employees to think you’re a Grinch!
8 – States with Their Own Paid Medical and Family Leave Laws
Of all the employment law developments that have arisen in recent years, paid leave could be considered the most complex.
Eight states (along with D.C.) have passed their own paid medical and family leave laws.
Distinct from paid sick leave, these laws provide job protection for workers who take time to care of sick family members, among other employee benefits. And the differences between each state’s law is often as stark as the difference between Dasher and Rudolph.
This Labor Law News Blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.
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