Paternity leave is on the rise globally as cultural attitudes shift in favor of fathers taking a more active role in parenting. On May 24, 2017, the Republic of Panama became the latest member of a growing group of countries that require paid paternity leave. Law 27 of May 23, 2017, grants three business days of paid paternity leave from the date of childbirth, as long as the male employee provides his employer with (i) at least one week of notice of his spouse’s or cohabitant’s due date, and (ii) a birth certificate issued by the National Directorate of the Civil Registry certifying him as the father of the child. The three-day paid leave qualifies as service time in Panama, and the employee may not work for any other employer or be self-employed during his leave.
On May 8, 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed new restrictions on noncompetition covenants for Washington employees. The new restrictions are effective January 1, 2020.
Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray recently signed a measure strengthening the city’s ability to enforce minimum wage and other workplace standards. The Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance 2015 harmonizes enforcement procedures, allows for a phased-in private cause of action, and provides key definitions of terms in the Minimum Wage, Administrative Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Job Assistance ordinances.
Various states have passed legislation or issued Executive Orders mandating E-Verify participation for public employers, state government contractors, or even all employers in the state. The court decision upholding Arizona’s law requiring all employers to use E-Verify strongly suggests these state efforts will be found valid. Here are updates on developments over the past month: