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California - Gun Violence Restraining Orders

On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (A.B. 61) allowing an employer or a co-worker to file a petition requesting that a court issue a gun violence restraining order prohibiting the subject of the petition (subject) from having in their custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm or ammunition for one to five years because: The subject poses a significant danger, in the near future, ...Read More..

Federal - SSA Contribution and Benefit Base

On October 10, 2019, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the 2020 Social Security wage base will be $137,700, an increase of $4,800 from the 2019 wage base of $132,900. The SSA’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program limits the amount of earnings subject to taxation for a given year. The OASDI tax rate for wages paid in 2020 is set by statute at ...Read More..

Nevada - OSHA Poster Updated

In September 2019, the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Nevada Safety and Health Protection on the Job poster. Employers must prominently display this poster in the workplace.

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Vermont - Minimum Wage Increase

On October 7, 2019, the Vermont Department of Labor announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase as follows: $10.96 per hour for non-tipped employees. $5.48 per hour for tipped employees (basic tipped wage rate). Service or tipped employees who regularly receive more than $120 per month in tips may be paid at a rate lower than the minimum wage, but under no circumstances can they be paid at less than the basic ...Read More..

California - California Consumer Privacy Act Amendments

On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the following five bills that collectively amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): ...Read More..

California - Settlement Agreements

On October 12, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (A.B. 749) regarding settlement agreements. Specifically, the law states that an agreement to settle an employment dispute may not contain a provision prohibiting, preventing, or otherwise restricting a settling party that is an aggrieved person from obtaining future employment with the employer against which the aggrieved person has filed a claim, or any parent company, subsidiary, division, affiliate, or contract ...Read More..

California - Personal Information and Data Breaches

On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (A.B. 1130) clarifying the definition of personal information under the state’s data breach provisions to include: A driver’s license number, California identification card number, tax identification number, passport number, military identification number, or other unique identification number issued on a government document commonly used to verify the i ...Read More..

Texas - San Antonio Revises Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

In October 2019, the San Antonio City Council approved the following revisions to the city’s sick and safe leave ordinance: Identifies the leave as sick and safe time (previously categorized as earned paid sick and safe leave) and clarifies that leave is a fringe benefit, not a wage or salary component. Redefines covered employees and no longer requires an employee to have worked 80 hours in a year. Includes a worker who is ...Read More..

Washington - Seattle Minimum Wage Increase

On October 14, 2019, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards announced the following minimum wage rate increases that are applicable to all employees working in Seattle regardless of their immigration status: $16.39 per hour for large employers (501 or more employees). $15.75 per hour for small employers (500 or fewer employees) who do not pay at least $2.25 per hour toward the employee’s medical benefits and/or where the employee doe ...Read More..

California - Worker Protection Bills Addressing Sexual Harassment Wage and Health Protections

On October 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the following bills aimed at increasing protections for California's workforce, which includes legislation drafted in response to the #MeToo movement focused on sexual harassment prevention and accountability: ...Read More..