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On Sept. 15, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection adopted changes to the regulations governing the city’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA).

A jewelry company in California could not compel a former employee’s sexual harassment and sexual assault claims to arbitration where the arbitrator did not receive the employer’s payment of arbitration fees until two days after the statutory deadline had passed, even though a check for payment had been mailed before the due date, a California appeals court recently ruled.

Amid conversations about high cost of living and heightened employee expectations, another major employer is making compensation changes.

A judge has blocked the Biden administration’s $15 minimum wage for federal contractors in three states. Soon thereafter, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice raising contractors’ minimum wage for all their workers to $17.20, as of Jan. 1, 2024.

​States reported that 204,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 23, an increase of 2,000 from last week’s revised level but still near the lowest level of unemployment claims since the beginning the year. About 1.6 million workers continue to claim unemployment benefits, down from a recent high of 1.86 million in mid-April. The unemployment rate unexpectedly rose in August to 3.8 percent from 3.5 percent in July, the highest since February 2022. The increase is attributed to a significant rise in labor force participation.

In another sign of declining loyalty by employees toward employers, a recent survey found that 50 percent of candidates accepted a job offer between May 2022 and May…

Global jobs board Indeed has reported that 50 percent of the U.S.-based job listings on the site now include some employer-provided salary information, the highest share…

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP Act ensure additional freedoms to mothers in the workplace. However, Pam Cohen, chief researcher and analytics officer at The Mom Project in Chicago, writes that employers can still do more to support the needs of working mothers.

The California Legislature recently passed a bill that would require employers to adopt workplace violence prevention plans, maintain records of any threats or incidents of workplace violence, and provide effective training to workers on violence prevention.

The U.S. government has recently funded programs to support the employment prospects of individuals with disabilities. An attorney and disability-rights activist reacts to the news and explained why more work is still needed to create a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.