On March 24, 2014, a bill (S1846) was introduced that would permit an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages for purchases authorized by the employee made at an event sponsored by an organized and generally-recognized charity that is affiliated with the employer. The law would only apply to events in which at least 20 percent of the profits are being contributed to an organized and generally-recognized charity. Under the current law, withholdings from an employee’s wages are permitted for contributions directly to organized and generally-recognized charities, but not for purchases made by an employee from third-party vendors at events sponsored by charities affiliated with an employer. The bill would also permit public employees to request multiple payroll deductions for payments made to multiple credit union accounts.
Georgia’s Minimum Wage Law (O.C.G.A. § 34-4-1 et seq.) already prohibits local governments from requiring employers to pay employees a wage rate that exceeds what is required under state or federal law. This same law also prohibits local governments from requiring employers to provide employment benefits not otherwise required by state or federal law.
On July 26, the San Diego City Council ratified a minimum wage and sick pay ordinance approved by voters on June 7. Effective as of July 11, the ordinance imposes a citywide minimum wage rate and also obligates businesses to provide sick pay benefits to employees. As amended, the ordinance will allow employers to front load an annual sick pay allotment and also place a cap on accrual.
On July 9, Illinois lawmakers enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 098-0063) permitting private licensed citizens in Illinois to carry concealed firearms. The Act, which marks a drastic shift from Illinois’s long-standing ban on concealed firearms, will directly impact employers. Under the Act, in order for employers to prohibit individuals…..