FFCRA Leave Requirements Expired Dec. 31, 2020

Posted by on 1/11/2021 to Covid-19
The requirement that employers provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020. Here are two most common questions regarding how to move

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus

Posted by on 1/11/2021 to Covid-19
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. 

New York State Sick and Safe Leave Obligations to take effect January 1

Posted by on 12/30/2020 to New York

The updated Sick and Safe Leave Law requires all employers from all private sector workers in New York State to provide and adjust the amount of sick leave their employees will receive regardless of industry, occupation, part-time status, overtime exempt status, and seasonal status.


Colorado’s Minimum Wage to hike to $12.32 this 2021

Posted by on 12/22/2020 to Colorado
DENVER - The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (DLSS) will execute a constitutionally mandated minimum wage adjustment in the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order (“COMPS Order”). From $12.00 this 2020, the minimum wage will adjust for inflation on January 1, 2021 to $12.32. Meanwhile, wages for tipped workers will increase to $9.30 per hour.

South Carolina Employment Discrimination Update

Posted by on 12/22/2020 to South Carolina
In August of 2020, South Carolina released the new Employment Discrimination poster reflecting a redesigned format, a new logo, and information about the Lactation Support Act, which includes lactation in the list of reasonable accommodations under conducts covered by law.

EEOC Issues Revised Publications on the Employment of Veterans with Disabilities

Posted by on 11/28/2020 to Federal
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued three revised documents that address the employment of veterans with disabilities, pursuant to EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon’s priority of providing robust compliance assistance by delivering up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws.

U.S. Department of Labor Emphasizes Protecting Worker Safety and Pay During Holiday Season

Posted by on 11/26/2020 to Federal
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind employers of their responsibility to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season.

Contractor for U.S. Postal Service in Southern California Pays $116,513 in Back Wages after U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage Violations

Posted by on 11/26/2020 to Violations
WEST COVINA, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fames Transport Inc. – a mail-hauling contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Southern California – has paid $116,513 in back wages and fringe benefits to 67 employees for violating the Service Contract Act (SCA).

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage and Child Labor Violations at Three Mississippi Poultry Processing Plants

Posted by on 11/26/2020 to Violations
MORTON, MS  –  After investigations by the  U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), three Mississippi poultry processing plants   have paid  $45,719 in back wages to 129 employees to resolve

Lenovo Inc. Pays Employee $108,152 after Violating Family and Medical Leave Act at North Carolina Headquarters

Posted by on 11/26/2020 to Violations
MORRISVILLE, NC – Computer manufacturer Lenovo Inc. has paid an employee $108,152 to resolve violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act disclosed in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Suwannee, Georgia, Dunkin Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

Posted by on 11/26/2020 to Violations
SUWANEE, GA  – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Boston Coffee Inc. – the operator of a Suwanee, Georgia, Dunkin’ location –  has paid $1,040 in back wages after wrongly denying

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $24,823 in Back Wages after Investigation Finds Contractor Violated Federal Requirements in Florida

Posted by on 11/25/2020 to Violations
SANFORD, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Trinity Technology Group Inc. – a federal contractor based in Manassas, Virginia – has paid $24,823 in back wages to 102 employees to resolve violations of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) for work performed at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Osha Announces $3,148,452 in Coronavirus Violations

Posted by on 11/25/2020 to Covid-19
WASHINGTON, DC  – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 232 citations arising from inspections for violations

U.S. Department of Labor: Final Rule on the Aewrs Will Protect Farmers and American Workers

Posted by on 11/25/2020 to Federal
WASHINGTON, DC  – The U.S. Department of Labor announced early this November that the final rule on the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) in the H-2A visa program aims to protect farmers and American workers. What is the

List of New State Employment Laws that employers must be familiar with before 2021

Posted by on 11/23/2020 to Federal
While the COVID-era has put employers to continuously grapple with some ever-changing safety regulations, compared to prior years, employers will be faced with fewer new laws and regulations during the start of 2021.   Some of the

California releases New Supplemental Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

Posted by on 11/9/2020 to California
Governor Gavin Newson signed the Assembly Bill 1867 last September 9, 2020 which intends to fill gaps left by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The new law basically requires private employers with 500 or more

UPDATE: New minimum wage and overtime exemption classifications, set by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Posted by on 11/5/2020 to Pennsylvania
It has been more than two years since the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) proposed new regulations under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA). The revision aims to increase the minimum salary requirement significantly for the white-collar overtime exemptions under this law.

UPDATE: Revised Teen Work Hour Restrictions, released by the Indiana Department of Labor

Posted by on 10/29/2020 to Indiana
The revised restrictions which was released last September 28, 2020 will affect employers of minors aged 14-18 years old. It specifically points out the maximum number of hours that minors may be permitted to work each day of the week.

Revised FFCRA Regulations, issued by DOL

Posted by on 10/28/2020 to Federal
In the revised Temporary Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) released by the Department of Labor last September 11, 2020 and was effective since September 16, 2020, the DOL addressed the issues with the Temporary Rule.

List of amendments to the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA)

Posted by on 10/17/2020 to Virginia

Through the 2020 “Virginia Values Act,” employees are given expanded protections relating to discrimination and accommodation. The law now covers more employers and more protected classes, and it expands the remedies available to employees who sue. 

The amendments also provide many more employees a path to bring discrimination claims in Virginia state court (instead of federal court), where it is much more difficult for an employer to defeat a discrimination claim without going to trial.

Virginia employers, prohibited to enforce non-compete agreements on low-wage employees

Posted by on 9/23/2020 to Virginia

If you are an employee earning less than $1,137 per week or an average of $59,124 per year, then you should be aware by now about the recent update on the prohibition for Virginia employers to enforce a covenant not to compete with low-wage employees.