Compliance Watch November 2022 – Latest Labor Law Updates

November 3, 2022

by Justin Siu

Legion Compliance Watch

We just sent out the latest edition of Compliance Watch – Legion’s quarterly bulletin about key changes in compliance rules. It includes information and resource links to help you monitor new employment laws and make it easier to manage and maintain compliance.

This edition covers recent and planned updates to Minimum Wage, Meal and Rest Break, CA Fast Food Council, and Fair Workweek Laws.

Minimum Wage Updates

Minimum wage adjustments typically take effect in January, March, July, and December. Here is the list of states with upcoming minimum wage increases: Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. In addition, these large cities have upcoming changes: Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, Tucson.

Read more to learn how Legion can help you manage these changing mandates.

Fair Workweek Law Updates

On August 9, 2022, New York City announced a settlement with a large employer regarding claims that the company violated their employees’ rights to predictable schedules and paid sick leave under the NYC Fair Workweek and NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave laws. The settlement includes $20 million in pay to employees from their 129 NYC-area locations and $1 million in civil penalties.

Read more to get details on the fair workweek law updates and how Legion WFM provides comprehensive coverage of predictive scheduling compliance per city and state-specific laws, including New York City.

California Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery

In California, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act takes effect on 1/1/23. This law will create a 10-person Fast Food Sector Council (“Council”) composed of fast-food workers; their advocates, franchisees, and franchisors; representatives from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development as well as the Department of Industrial Relations, each serving four-year terms. The Council will be authorized to meet after the California Department of Industrial Relations receives a petition signed by at least 10,000 fast-food employees favoring the establishment of the Council.

Sunday Work

Effective 1/1/23, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be required to pay employees a premium for work on a Sunday. Before, employees were required to be paid a premium of 1.1x their regular rate for work on a Sunday.

How Can Legion Help?

Customers can use Legion WFM differential pay rules to pay employees a premium for work on specific days of the week, time of day, or specific work roles. Customers who use differential pay for Sunday premiums are no longer required to keep this pay rule in effect starting 1/1/23.

Meal and Rest Break

Effective 1/1/23, employers in Illinois must provide employees who work in excess of 7.5 continuous hours an additional 20-minute meal period for every additional 4.5 continuous hours worked.

How Can Legion Help?

Customers can use Legion WFM Meal and Rest Break template to add additional meal and rest break rules, including an additional meal period for working more than a specified number of hours. And they can set up a weekly required rest period to ensure that employees have adequate time for rest each week.

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