The United States Department of Labor published its Final Rule on January 10, 2024 governing the classification of independent contractors. Taking effect next month, the Final Rule reintroduces standards that are more consistent with judicial precedent. This new standard is enacted to avoid the misclassification of workers and ensure that workers receive due protections under the … [Read more...] about U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule Reintroduces The Longstanding Economic Reality Test in Worker Classification Matters
The goal set by New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, to increase New Jersey’s Minimum Wage to $15 an hour is set for success in 2024. New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that the state’s minimum wage has increased to $15.13 as of January 1, 2024 for most employees. Obligations for New Jersey Employers Effective January 1, 2024, employees have minimum wage … [Read more...] about New Jersey Workers See Increased Minimum Wages in the New Year
As laws governing medical marijuana change across the nation, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has taken action. Governor Shapiro signed Act 63 on December 14, 2023, which will update Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Permitting Program. In her latest blog, KingSpry’s Employment Law Chair, Attorney Avery E. Smith discusses what Act 63 means for Pennsylvanians and the nuances medical marijuana … [Read more...] about Where Does Medical Marijuana Stand in Pennsylvania and What Should Employers Know?
On December 11, 2023, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 1751, which will strengthen the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act. Upon passage in the state senate, HB 1751 would increase penalties for contractors who misclassify workers. KingSpry’s Employment Law Chair, Avery E. Smith, details the potential impact of HB 1751 and the importance of properly … [Read more...] about PA General Assembly to Address Misclassified Construction Workers
On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board released a final rule, which sets forth its revised standard for joint-employer status. The new rule repeals and replaces the Board’s 2020 regulations and allows the Board to consider broader evidence when determining joint-employer Status. KingSpry’s Employment Law Chair, Attorney Avery E. Smith, details this new standard and what … [Read more...] about The NLRB Expands its Joint-Employer Definition Under its 2023 Final Rule
In a time of uncertainty regarding the status of noncompete agreements and confidentiality provisions, employers and employees alike may face confusion and concern when it comes to employment separation. In her latest blog, KingSpry’s Employment Law Chair, Avery E. Smith outlines must-have provisions and discusses how employers can offer mutually-agreeable and legally-enforceable … [Read more...] about Guidance for Employers on Drafting Legally Enforceable & Amicable Severance Agreements