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June 23, 2022

July is the New January – New State Laws Do Not Take the Summer Off

It used to be that employers had the luxury of waiting until January 1 to be vigilant for new employment laws and compliance challenges. For the past several years, we have reported on employment and labor laws taking effect mid-year.

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June 22, 2022

Spring Regulatory Agenda Provides Roadmap to Anticipated Federal Rulemaking

On June 21, 2022, the Biden administration released its Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. These semi-annual regulatory agendas outline federal agency goals for the months ahead.

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June 21, 2022

Hot off the Press: New Labor Reform Bill for Puerto Rico

On June 20, 2022, Governor Pedro Pierluisi signed into law Act No. 41-2022, instituting drastic changes to labor and employment laws in Puerto Rico and extending employment rights for employees in the private sector.

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June 14, 2022

New York State Legislature Seeks to Regulate Work-Related “Quotas” for Warehouse Workers

On June 3, 2022, the New York Legislature passed Senate Bill 8922, the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (WWPA), which if signed into law, would significantly further regulate the working conditions of warehouse workers in New York State.

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June 10, 2022

U.S. Court of Appeals Offers Guidance on Applicability of Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws to Out-of-State Workers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed a district court finding that the Massachusetts Wage Act did not apply to a person who mostly lived and worked in Florida.

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June 6, 2022

New York State Legislature Seeks to Expand Employee Rights to Freelancers Statewide

During the final days of its most recent legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed a bill (S8369B) that would mandate contractual forms and terms for businesses that use “freelance workers.”

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June 3, 2022

U.S. Minimum Wage, Tipped, and Exempt Employee Pay Increases Will Heat Up This Summer (And Possibly Other Seasons)

Minimum wage laws can affect businesses of all sizes, whether operating nationwide, in multiple jurisdictions, or only in one state, county, or city.

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May 31, 2022

Fifth Circuit Holds Directional Driller is an Independent Contractor Rather than an Employee for FLSA Purposes

On May 11, 2022, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion giving a big win to energy-sector companies by concluding that a directional driller was an independent contractor rather than an employee covered by the FLSA.

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May 26, 2022

Illinois Amends One Day Rest in Seven Act, Adding Stricter Penalties and More Stringent Notice Requirements

On May 13, 2022, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB3146, amending the provisions of the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA), which addresses both day of rest and meal break requirements for employees in the state.

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May 24, 2022

California Supreme Court Confirms Applicability of Derivative Waiting Time Penalty and Wage Statement Claims for Meal and Rest Period Violations

The California Supreme Court has held that meal period and rest break violations can also trigger derivative claims for waiting time penalties and wage statement penalties.

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