Employee Rights Wages

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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Fifth Circuit Agrees With NLRB That Employer Cannot Prohibit Wage Discussions

The National Labor Relations Board has long held that employers cannot prohibit employees from sharing salary information among themselves. Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an expanded NLRB ban on...more

(Not) April Fools Day – Changes To The Canada Labour Federal Code Effective April 1, 2014

For those federally regulated employers that are governed by the Canada Labour Federal Code (the “Federal Code”), there are some substantive changes coming of which you should take note....more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase

Increasing the minimum wage and reforming the unemployment insurance (“UI”) system in Massachusetts are the two major employment issues facing the 2013–2014 Legislature, which comes to a close on July 31, 2014. The Senate and...more

2014 Minnesota Legislative Session Opens with Multiple Bills of Concern to Minnesota Employers

Members of the Minnesota legislature recently introduced seven bills that could have very significant implications for Minnesota employers if passed into law. The bills will be heard in House committees this week and may move...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2014

In This Issue: - FAMILY TRIP HELD PROTECTED BY FMLA - Court Finds Worker Continued To Care For Her Ill Mother - WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS! Workplace Strategies 2014 Heading Toward A Sellout - Wage & Hour....more

President Obama Plans To Sign Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage For Some Federal Contract Workers

Executive Summary: President Obama announced in his State of the Union address on January 28 that he plans to sign an Executive Order requiring that workers on new federal contracts be paid at least $10.10 per hour, well...more

Internship Programs: Rite of Passage, or Right to Pay? The Issue Deserves Continued Monitoring by Employers

With the start of the New Year, many employers are gearing up for their internship programs, which often coincide with academic semesters and summer recesses beginning in May. Such programs, though, have become a source of...more

Three Requirements For New York Employers In The New Year

This is a friendly reminder to clients employing workers in New York that they need to comply with the annual pay notice requirement of the state’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) by February 1, 2014. As with previous years,...more

Federal Minimum Wage Stagnant but 13 States Raise Their Minimum Wages

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor made raising the federal minimum wage one of its priorities. The federal agency sought to create a discussion about the minimum wage through social media and town hall meetings across the...more

Winter Weather Woes: What are My Obligations to Pay Employees During Inclement Weather?

Last week’s “polar vortex” brought record low temperatures to many parts of the country and shut down offices in numerous cities. Estimates suggest that the frigid weather could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion. We have...more

Act Now Advisory: Reminder to New York Employers: Annual Wage Notices Must Be Distributed by February 1 and Minimum Wage Has...

New York employers should be aware that, effective December 31, 2013, the statewide minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour. This is the first in a series of incremental changes that will see the hourly minimum...more

Employer’s Final Paycheck Deductions Upheld

The Ninth Circuit just held that an employer is entitled to deduct from an employee’s final paycheck money an employee owes to the employer. Ward v. Costco Wholesale Corp. Costco issued Ms. Ward a company credit card, but...more

"Lawsuits -- I Get It! But What Should We DO?"

"Wage-hour lawsuits are booming," trumpets one recent report after another, and this is certainly true. The risk of high-exposure wage claims against an employer is greater than ever. ...more

2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v....more

New York Employers Face Far-Reaching Employment Law Changes in 2014

The arrival of 2014 has already ushered in major reforms to New York’s employment law landscape, with broad ramifications, particularly for New York City employers. The sweeping changes to the state’s minimum wage and...more

Bi-Weekly Pay in RI - Finally!!

We alerted you a few weeks ago that while we were all excited about the prospect of bi-weekly pay, we were still waiting for the required application to appear on the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training ("DLT")...more

New Labor Laws Affecting Businesses Take Effect in 2014: BB&K's Cynthia Germano Examines the New Laws and Requirements for...

As the new year dawns and we all make resolutions we are bound to forget by March, the California Legislature has passed new laws for 2014 affecting your business that you cannot afford to ignore. Business owners should work...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New California Employment Laws for 2014

California’s 2012­2013 Legislative Session concluded with the enactment of a variety of new laws that will affect California employers. In light of these developments, summarized below, California employers should review...more

Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2014

This year has brought many significant changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Group summarizes some of the most important new federal and state legal...more

New California Employment Laws for 2014

With another year comes another new set of laws for California employers; what else would you expect from sending a bunch of legislators to Sacramento? Here is an overview of the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your...more

New York Federal District Court Endorses Use of Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Payment Method Where Employer Pays Performance-Based...

True story: the other day I was speaking with a friend in the HR realm and I asked him whether he was familiar with the fluctuating workweek. He jokingly answered: “does that have anything to do with my weight gain during the...more

Bi-Weekly Pay – The Devil is in the Details

With January 1, 2014 fast approaching, many Rhode Island employers excited about the prospect of moving to a bi-weekly payroll system are wondering how to make the switch. The new law requires the filing of a petition, a...more

The Fifth Circuit Giveth and Then Taketh Away: Another Perspective on Fluctuating Workweeks in Overtime Cases

In the course of two months, two separate Fifth Circuit panels have issued decisions that call into question the application of the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method in suits for unpaid overtime based on misclassification. In...more

When the Minimum Wage Isn't…

Employers operating in multiple states should be aware that several states are raising their minimum hourly wage in 2014. While for now the federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 (for non-tipped employees), many...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Latest “Donning” and “Doffing” Wage Case

Thursday, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in another “donning and doffing” case. Donning and doffing refers to the need for employees to put on (“don”) and take off (“doff”) clothing as part of their job. The...more

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