Weekly Industry News – Employment Law

Employment Law –  Massachusetts adopts legislative reforms regarding labor, vacation policy pitfalls for Illinois employers, India’s restrictive labor laws challenge investors and more.


Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms re: Labor and Employment by Lisa Burton and Peter J Mee published on National Law review

Massachusetts voters recently approved a ballot question on sick leave that will become law on July 1, 2015. Whether the sick time is paid will depend on an employer’s size. Employees who work in Massachusetts for companies with 11 or more employees will now earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year…  [ Read More ]


Vacation Policy Pitfalls for Illinois Employers by Ian Fisher published on National law review

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, 820 ILCS 115/1, et seq., governs the payment of wages—including vacation pay—in Illinois.  While most employers understand that they must pay their workers on a regular basis for the wages the employees have earned, many do not consider how vacation policies may create a heightened risk of a wage class action lawsuit… [ Read More ]


India’s Restrictive Labor Laws Challenge Investors published on Economy Watch

India’s labor laws are restrictive in nature and hurt investments in the manufacturing sector. They discourage firms from introducing new technology that might require retrenching workers.The Industrial Disputes Act (1947) has rigid provisions that require compulsory and prior government approval in the case of layoffs, retrenchment and closure of industrial establishments employing more than 100 workers… [ Read More ]


Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015 by Gregory Ballew published on JDSupra

On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are calculated… [ Read More ]



Employee Benefits: The Importance of the Official Plan Document by Sara E. Hauptfuehrer pulished on National Law Review

“Every employee benefit plan shall be established and maintained pursuant to a written instrument.”  That is the first sentence in ERISA’s fiduciary responsibility provision.  The ERISA-mandated “written instrument” – the official plan document – is a powerful document… [ Read More ]


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