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D.C. and Maryland Set to Increase Minimum Wage on July 1, 2016

As of July 1, both Maryland’s and the District of Columbia will increase the minimum wage. Maryland’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 per hour while the District of Columbia’s will increase to $11.50 per hour. Employers...more

A Reminder: Increased Minimum Wages for Santa Monica and Los Angeles

An increase in temperatures will not be the only increase employers will see this July: employers in the City of Los Angeles and in the City of Santa Monica are reminded that minimum wages will increase starting on July 1,...more

D.C. Council Passes Minimum Wage Hike

The Council of the District of Columbia has voted to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2020, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to approve the legislation. On June 7, 2016, by a unanimous...more

Update: New Jersey Minimum Wage Bill Clears the Assembly

With the federal minimum wage stalled at $7.25 since 2009, HR Legalist has been tracking several developments to wage and hour law on both the federal level (via the pending overtime rule change recently reported by HR...more

OIRA’s Review of the Final Overtime Regs Draws to a Close: Will It Include a Provision to Increase the Salary Automatically?

As the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget concludes its review of the proposed final overtime regulations, the issuance of new regulations defining and delimiting the...more

New California Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour by 2022, Has Ripple Effects on Salaried Employees

Minimum wage increases will be incremental, starting in 2017 for larger employers, 2018 for smaller employers - This week, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 3 into law. SB 3 will raise the State’s minimum wage for hourly...more

California Increases Minimum Wage – Prepare Now to Avoid Future Liability!

California lawmakers, union supporters, and Governor Brown have come together to increase California minimum wage to $15.00 over the next several years. Governor Brown signed the law only one week after he announced that...more

Congress Moves to Expand Definition of “Accredited Investor” Under Regulation D

In an era where Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have been working to break down barriers to investment and equity development, it only makes sense a new bill currently wending its way through the...more

California Minimum Wage to Increase to $15.00

On April 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 3 providing for a gradual increase in California’s minimum wage from $10.00 to $15.00 per hour. The effective dates of the scheduled increases depend on the...more

Governor Brown Signs New Minimum Wage Increase Into Law

On April 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 3, a bill which will gradually increase minimum wages in California in a manner that is very similar to the Los Angeles ordinance, except that the state increases will not...more

California Becomes the First State to Adopt a $15 Minimum Wage; New York Is Likely to Be the Second

California has become the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour state-wide. The $15 minimum wage rate will go into effect after a series of gradual increases over the next few years. New York legislators have...more

OSHA Law Alert: Enhanced OSHA/MSHA Enforcement and Penalties On the Way

Two recent developments suggest that employers can expect enhanced enforcement of worker endangerment violations under OSHA and MSHA and increased fines under OSHA....more

Oregon Adopts Tiered Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2016

Oregon is the first state in the nation to enact a statewide tiered minimum wage. Oregon’s new minimum wage law will phase in wage increases over a six-year period starting July 1, 2016. Eventually, the law will require...more

New Rules for 831(b) Captive Insurance Companies

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act), as part of a 2016 appropriations bill. The PATH Act includes significant changes to Internal Revenue Code section...more

NJ Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

On February 4, 2016, in Trenton, New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and State Senator Ray Lesniak proposed a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 for all New Jersey...more

2016 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited by CPI-U factor of 0.7%

Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) that will be used in the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) limiting rate calculations for 2016...more

Municipal Bidding Thresholds for 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 - The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has published the municipal authority and municipality bidding thresholds for 2016 under Act 90 of 2011. Under Act 90, the bidding thresholds...more

OSHA Penalties Set to Increase in 2016

OSHA penalties, like death and taxes, are one of the few certainties in life. The last time OSHA raised its maximum penalties, Vanilla Ice and New Kids on the Block dominated the airwaves, Macaulay Culkin was a bona fide...more

OSHA Penalties to Increase in 2016

As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Budget Act), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase its maximum civil monetary penalties for the first time since 1990....more

New OSHA Penalty Maximums Take Effect by August 1, 2016

The recent federal budget compromise contains a potentially nasty surprise for some employers. The new law allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, among other federal agencies, to increase civil penalties...more

The Federal Budget Deal Will Mean Higher OSHA Penalties for Employers

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed by President Obama on November 2nd, contains a buried provision with the potential to substantially impact employers. Section 701 of the Act significantly increases the maximum civil...more

OSHA Fines to Increase Dramatically

For the first time in 25 years, OSHA fines likely will be increasing. The change will take effect no later than August 1, 2016, and each year thereafter. A relatively obscure provision in the 2015 budget bill passed by...more

The November Surprise: OSHA Raises Penalties 82% And No One Notices

Employers woke up to a surprise on November 3. That’s when we learned that the Federal Budget Agreement, which was quickly worked out behind closed doors and signed the day before, includes surprise provisions authorizing the...more

OSHA Penalties – After 25 Years There Will be an Increase

The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, allows (in fact requires) OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three...more

So How Does OSHA Raise Penalties 82% and We Don’t Notice?

A lot of us woke up on November 3 and exclaimed, “What the heck!  How did that happen?”  The Budget Agreement signed on November 2, which was worked out behind closed doors, includes provisions authorizing OSHA to increase...more

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