On March 27, 2014, the Wage Transparency Act (S1038) was passed by the New Jersey Senate. The act would require public contractors to report to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development the gender, race, job title, occupational category, and total compensation of every employee employed in the state in connection with a public contract. The act would also require public contractors to provide the Commissioner with an update each time there is a significant change in any of the required information that the employer is required to report or other significant change in employment status (e.g., medical leave of 12 weeks or more, hiring, termination, a change in part-time or full-time status, or a change in “employee” or “contractor” status). A similar bill (A2345) was introduced in the Assembly and was referred to the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee on February 6, 2014.
On August 31, 2017, a federal judge in Texas invalidated highly controversial proposed revisions to federal overtime regulations that were supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The same judge previously had issued a nationwide temporary injunction blocking the regulations and placing their future in question.
On September 15, 2022, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will continue the long and arduous journey to establish COVID-19 safety measures in the workplace. Since the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) initial ETS took effect in November 2020, the Standards Board has addressed the evolving workplace safety challenges with a series of updates.
Arizona Municipalities Retain Authority to Enact Benefits Ordinances After State High Court Denies Review
In February 2019, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that the Arizona State Legislature overstepped its authority in 2016, when it prohibited Arizona cities and other municipalities from enacting their own employee benefits ordinances. On August 27, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court denied review of the Court of Appeals decision.