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January 27, 2020

New Jersey Enacts Legislative Package to Add Teeth to Worker Misclassification Laws

Seeking to tighten worker misclassification enforcement in New Jersey, on January 20, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a package of legislation regarding independent contractors.

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January 27, 2020

Ontario, Canada: Employee’s Excessive Absences to Pursue Education Need Not be Tolerated by Employer

A recent decision suggests that adjudicators will consider it justifiable when an employer fires an employee whose absences are more frequent than permitted under a reasonable Absenteeism Policy, even if the absences involve a respectable activity.

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January 27, 2020

New York Releases FAQs on Statewide Salary History Ban

Recently, the New York Department of Labor released a series of Frequently Asked Questions to clarify changes to New York state law that prohibit employer inquiries into the salary history of applicants and employees, which took effect on January 6, 2020.

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January 24, 2020

New York City Set to Require Stores to Accept Cash

The New York City Council has approved, by a vote of 43-3, a bill that would make it unlawful for most businesses to refuse to accept payments in cash, with limited exceptions.

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January 23, 2020

Plaintiffs’ Bar Seeks to Expand Reach of California’s Dynamex Decision and ABC Test to Franchising, Joint Employment

The battle over the scope and applicability of the so-called “ABC test” in determining California employers’ potential liability under wage and hour and other state labor laws continues unabated.

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January 23, 2020

DC Employers Must Notify Employees of Their Right to Paid Leave

Starting February 1, 2020, covered District of Columbia employers must notify employees about their right to paid leave under the DC Paid Family Leave Act.

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January 23, 2020

New Salary Threshold for “Hyper-Sufficient” Employees in Brazil

On January 14, 2020, the Brazilian Ministry of Economy issued an ordinance fixing the 2020 maximum payout amount of social security retirement benefits at R$6,101.06, representing a 4.48% increase to the maximum payout rate for 2019.

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January 21, 2020

New Jersey WARN Act Radically Expanded

Reducing your New Jersey workforce just became more expensive. On January 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 3170, radically expanding employers’ advance notice and severance pay obligations under NJ WARN.

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January 21, 2020

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Dynamex Retroactivity – Again

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the California Supreme Court agreed to review a second case raising questions as to the scope and retroactivity of its landmark 2018 Dynamex decision.

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January 21, 2020

California’s Expanded Red Flag Law Empowers Employers to Seek Gun Violence Restraining Orders; Other States May Follow Suit

More states are enacting so-called “red flag laws,” which allow certain entities and/or individuals to obtain restraining orders to remove firearms from an individual deemed by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others.

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