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Chris Lazarini Examines Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff claimed to be an employee of Northwestern Mutual and therefore protected under New York's minimum wage and overtime laws; Northwestern argued...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

California Minimum Wage Increases

California Legislature introduced and passed a law phasing in state-wide minimum wage increases that will ultimately reach $15.00 per hour by 2022 for large employers and by 2023 for small employers. Specifically, for...more

New Mexico Minimum Wage Increases in 2017

Several cities and counties across New Mexico have recently increased the minimum wage that must be paid to employees working within their jurisdictions. The statewide minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, with a tipped employee...more

Scaling The Wall Of Conflicting "Tip Credit" Provisions

We've all struggled with what to do when we're given conflicting orders. Grandma says "have some pudding," and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters responds, "how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!" Employers are...more

Payment Obligations for Mexico Employers: The 2017 Daily Minimum Wage and UMA

On December 19, 2016, it was issued in the Official Gazette of the Federation that the daily minimum wage for 2017 in Mexico will be Mex$80.04. Moreover, on December 31, 2016, the Law to Determine the Value of the Unit...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 16th Public Hearing (Wage/Hour and Leave)

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills, many of which concern “wage and hour” and leave issues (and some of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

Gig Economy — Bike Couriers Set the Wheels in Motion on Workers Benefits

‘Gig’ economy: Latest developments - In a further challenge by a worker in the ‘gig’ economy, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier was a ‘worker’ and qualified for various employment protections. The...more

The Continued Uncertainty of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Just days after Cook County passed its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on October 5, 2016, several Cook County suburbs began the process of opting out of the law. So far, four have successfully done so. On November 15, 2016,...more

Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role,...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 9th Public Hearing (and wage/hour bills)

On Thursday, February 9, 2017 (weather permitting), the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills, many of which concern “wage and hour” issues...more

Fourth Circuit Says Construction General Contractor Responsible to Subcontractor's Employees for FLSA Violations

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage payment laws, employers are responsible for compliance with wage payment requirements. Plaintiffs cannot sue non-employers claiming overtime or minimum wage violations....more

From Swimsuits to Grass Fed Beef: A New Direction for Labor?

The United States Senate is slated to consider Andrew (Andy) Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, as the next Secretary of Labor (“DOL”). Although his confirmation hearing which was set for February 7, 2017 has been delayed...more

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage set to increase in April

Following our post on 1 December 2016, “National Living Wage to increase by 4 per cent in April“, the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have now been published....more

Gavel to Gavel: The road ahead for employers

Just two weeks into the new administration, and we’re starting to get a sense of what changes may be looming for employers. At the forefront are President Trump’s picks to lead the nation’s federal employment agencies....more

A Look Ahead At Wage And Paid Leave Issues In 2017

Passage of new sick leave laws, increases in the minimum wage, and even an attempt to increase the salary basis for exempt employees made 2016 an active year for wage issues. Despite the anticipation of a more...more

Unclear crystal ball: What might 2017 hold for employers?

In 2016, employers were confronted with many new laws, regulations, and issues. Companies geared up for a substantial change in the overtime rule, which ultimately didn’t take effect after a federal judge in Texas issued an...more

State of the States: Legislatures are off to the Races!

Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1, 2017, more than 500 employment-related bills have been proposed in more than...more

Best in Law: California Employers Have New Rules to Follow — Effective Now

Each New Year typically brings a slew of new laws that affect employers – and 2017 is no exception. Many of these new laws took effect on Jan. 1, so employers must now be in compliance. If not, you must take immediate steps...more

2017 Minimum Wage Hike: What You Need To Know

Effective December 31, 2016, New York no longer has a state wide minimum wage. In 2017, the minimum wage is based on where employees work. Also, in New York City rates depend on the number of people you employ....more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (January Edition)

Since we published our annual article discussing minimum wage rates in 2017, many state and local jurisdictions have adjusted their minimum wage rates, state legislative sessions have begun, signatures have been collected for...more

New Rules, New Secretary? As Spring Inches Closer, We’re Getting Warmer.

Will the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule go into effect? When will a new Secretary of Labor be confirmed? We don’t have the answers just yet, but a lot has happened over the last few weeks to inch us closer. As things...more

Post-Election Predictions: What the Hospitality Industry Can Expect in 2017

Welcome and thank you and our listeners and welcome to the first in our series on the national and commercial estate market. My name is David Adams and today I’m talking with Dan Weede – a guy who needs no introduction in...more

Post-Election Predictions: What the Hospitality Industry Can Expect in 2017 [Video]

Like other industries, the hospitality industry is reacting to the surprise victory of President Donald Trump. In this podcast, real estate lawyers David Adams and Dan Weede discuss the impact of the election on the...more

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