Employment / Labor Law

Working Mothers in Hong Kong to Receive Increased Maternity Leave

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Hong Kong has increased maternity leave, which — together with other legislation passed recently — also provides additional protections for breastfeeding mothers. Under the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019, passed by the Legislative Council in July 2020, statutory maternity leave under the Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong will

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US Employees’ Sick and Family Leave Wages are to be reported on W-2s

On July 8, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-54, which provides guidance to employers on reporting qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Enacted this past March 2020, the FFCRA generally requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave due

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2020 – Title VII Finally Comes Out of the Closet

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark civil rights decision, in three cases that had been consolidated together — Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC. The Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s mandate that employers cannot

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Is Your Employee’s Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis a Recordable Illness Under OSHA?

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its enforcement guidance with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19. Generally, under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, employers are required to log a “recordable illness” on an OSHA Form 300. According to OSHA’s updated guidance, an employee’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis must be recorded

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US NLRB Resumes Union Elections

It’s back to business for the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), at least when it comes to representation elections. The NLRB announced on April 1, 2020, that it would not extend its temporary suspension of elections past Friday, April 3, 2020. The NLRB will resume conducting elections on Monday, April 6, 2020. The NLRB had

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COVID-19 Infects Smart Working and Data Protection Rules in Italy

The unfortunate spread of COVID-19 throughout Italy led to some interesting legislative measures. Smart Working Thanks to a Decree of the Prime Minister adopted on March 1, 2020, employers could employ their workers by remote working, even without the individual agreements in writing mandated by Law no. 81/2017. Remote or “smart” working is not mandatory.

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Coronavirus: Workplace Considerations on Global Supply and Employee Travel

The coronavirus has significantly impacted supply chains across the globe, and while companies experiencing production limitations due to reduced inventories are turning to their supply agreements for remedies, these same companies may also face important labor and employment considerations as a result of this viral outbreak. Particularly, major disruptions in supply chains resulting from coronavirus may require

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US State Minimum Wage Increases in January 2020

As of January 1, 2020, minimum wage increases will affect employers in numerous US states and localities. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage for non-exempt employees remains at $7.25 per hour, but if a state or local law provides for a higher minimum wage than the federal law requires, employers subject

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Washington State Enacts Law Restricting Non-Compete Agreements

Washington’s Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1450, which dramatically curtails non-compete agreements, was signed into law by Governor Inslee on May 8, 2019. Although the new law does not take effect until January 1, 2020, businesses will need to act quickly to evaluate both existing and future non-compete agreements in order to avoid costly litigation and

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