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May 20, 2019

Connecticut the Latest State to Increase the Statewide Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

On May 17, 2019, Connecticut lawmakers passed House Bill 5004, “An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage,” which raises the state’s minimum wage, in increments, to $15 per hour by 2023. Governor Ned Lamont has pledged to sign the bill.

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May 16, 2019

Washington Amends its Equal Pay Law to Enact Salary History Ban and Require Disclosure of Salary Ranges

On May 9, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1696, the state’s most recent pay equity legislation, which the bill claims is an “additional step towards gender equality.”

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May 15, 2019

Massachusetts Paid Leave Update: Approved Private Plan Exemption Need Not Provide Benefits Until January 2021

There is some good news for employers subject to the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) and considering the availability of the private plan exemption.

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May 14, 2019

UK: Employers Can Discipline Workers Before a Criminal Investigation Ends

The United Kingdom (U.K.) Court of Appeal recently confirmed that employers usually can conduct internal investigations and disciplinary procedures when an employee is also subject to related criminal proceedings.

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May 10, 2019

Department of Justice Releases Guidelines for Effective Corporate Compliance Programs

On May 1, 2019, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice released updated guidance for prosecutors to utilize in assessing whether an organization had in place “an adequate and effective corporate compliance program.”

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May 10, 2019

Westchester County, NY Enacts Standalone Paid “Safe” Time Ordinance

Westchester County, New York has enacted a new ordinance, the “Safe Time Leave Law,” that, beginning October 30, 2019, will require all private employers to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

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May 9, 2019

Washington State Enacts Comprehensive Noncompete Reform

On May 8, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1450 (HB 1450), radically altering the law governing noncompetition agreements and moonlighting prohibitions in Washington State.

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May 9, 2019

Puerto Rico Treasury Department Issues New Quarterly Tax Return for Withholding Payments for Services Rendered

The Puerto Rico Treasury recently issued Internal Revenue Circular Letter No. 19-10 to announce the issuance of a new Quarterly Return and its electronic filing procedures, and to establish a minimum tax withholding amount.

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May 8, 2019

Puerto Rico Department of Labor Publishes Guidelines on the Interpretation of Puerto Rico’s Employment Legislation

On May 8, 2019, the Puerto Rico Department of Labor published the first edition of its Guidelines on the Interpretation of Puerto Rico’s Employment Legislation.

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May 8, 2019

Washington Legislature Passes the Washington State Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Act to Permit Affirmative Action in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting

For 20 years, public agencies in Washington State have been barred from favoring or discriminating against applicants, employees, or contractors based on sex, ethnicity, color, race, or national origin.

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