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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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Labor & Employment E - Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - S.E.I.U. Helps Fast-Food Workers Battle for $15 an Hour Wage - Obama Announces Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order - Silicon Valley Hiring Conspiracy Settlement Insufficient, Judge...more

Federal Preemption Defense Running Out of Gas?

Recent decisions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court have thrown a road block in the way of employers relying on a federal statute to preempt certain state wage-and-hour law claims. At issue...more

Late Payment Resulted In An FLSA Violation

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Claims underscores important propositions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to the effect that: - Failing to pay non-exempt employees the FLSA-required minimum-wage or...more

California Supreme Court Limits the Use of California's Commissioned Salesperson Exemption

The California Supreme Court recently released an important decision regarding California's "commissioned salesperson" exemption. To qualify for this exemption to California's overtime laws, an employee must: (1) earn at...more

New York Governor Cuomo Announces New Minimum Wage Policy for Thousands of Airport Workers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that employees of contractors and subcontractors at JFK and LaGuardia airports currently earning minimum wage are to receive a pay increase from $9.00 to $10.10. The policy, which also...more

NLRB Moves Toward New Standard to Hold Franchisors Are Joint Employers of Their Franchisees' Employees

Over the last two years fast-food workers have engaged in walkouts and other activities protesting their wages and seeking an increase to $15/hr. Numerous unfair labor practice charges have been filed with the National Labor...more

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases on August 1, 2014

In April the Minnesota legislature passed legislation establishing incremental increases to the state minimum wage over the next three years. The first increase takes effect on August 1, 2014. The new minimum wage impacts...more

Another Increase in the Rhode Island Minimum Wage to $9/Hour

On July 3, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. The legislation, which will increase the state’s minimum...more

How to Avoid Emerging Wage & Hour Risks: Exempt or Non-Exempt, Contractor Liability & Minimum Wage Hikes

This webinar was designed to help employers keep up with recent developments in the rapidly-evolving area of wage and hour law compliance. These developments include ongoing efforts by federal and state leaders to increase...more

Seattle Increases Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour

Joining Hawaii, Maryland and Connecticut, all of which have voted to gradually raise their state minimum wages to $10.10 per hour, and Massachusetts, which has voted to gradually increase its minimum wage to $11.00 per hour,...more

Massachusetts Increases Minimum Wage

On June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation that will significantly increase the state’s minimum wage for hourly and tipped workers over the next three years. The current Massachusetts...more

Employers Must Post Updated Minimum Wage Order by July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage increases to $9.00 per hour (from $8.00). It will increase further to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Employers must post the applicable California Department of...more

The Minimum Wage Battle Wages On

With the federal minimum wage remaining at $7.25 since 2009, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wages to amounts higher than the federal rate. ...more

Employment Law - June 2014

Appellate Court Tosses Employee’s Seating Suit - Why it matters: An employer won a rare victory in a suitable seating case when a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in a suit brought by a sample...more

Seattle Increases Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour Over Several Years

Seattle, Washington has enacted groundbreaking legislation that, over several years, will phase in a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, the nation’s highest for private employers who do not contract with governmental entities....more

General Assembly Approves New Laws for Illinois Employers

As the legislative session drew to a close at the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly approved several new laws that will affect Illinois employers beginning January 1, 2015. The laws are now awaiting approval by...more

No, Seriously: Don't Forget the Minimum Wage

Start-up companies are often in cost-saving mode, but when it comes to employees, be prepared to pay at least a minimum wage. Many companies forget about it. All companies, regardless of size, must pay either the...more

Minimum Wage Groundswell? Seattle, Others Raise Their Statutory Minimum Wage Rates

It’s official. The Seattle City Council has voted to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. Is this the sign of groundswell? ...more

BREAKING NEWS: Seattle City Council Passes New Minimum Wage Requirements

In a vote of 9 to 0, the Seattle City Council has just approved new minimum wage requirements for employers with employees working in Seattle. For some employers, this means the minimum wage could increase to $15 per hour as...more

Let the Countdown Begin — Only a Few Weeks Before California’s Minimum Wage Increase

In one month, minimum wage earners in California will get a “raise.” On July 1, 2014, the state’s new minimum wage will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour. (The minimum wage will get another bump in January 2016, when...more

Minimum Wage in Michigan Set to Rise Beginning in September

It has been six years since Michigan last saw any increase in the minimum wage. But yesterday, both houses of the Michigan Legislature passed a compromise deal that would see the minimum wage gradually raised over time until...more

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2014

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace - In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently...more

Labor and Employment Updates from Around the World: Germany

As so often happens in the aftermath of an election, the new German Government has turned its attention to labor and employment law, and has already announced new and significant legislation. On top of this, there have been...more

ASK Fisher & Phillips: Dealership Update

QUESTION: We have a salesperson who signed off on his pay plan which states that if he has a CSI score below the national average he will be deducted $500. We know not to take him below minimum wage. He sent us an...more

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