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President Obama Targets Federal Contractors on Pay Disparity Issues

Last week, President Obama issued two important directives aimed at ending gender pay disparities. The first, an Executive Order, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors with government contracts exceeding $10,000...more

Executive Orders and New Employment Requirements for Federal Contractors

As promised in his 2014 State of the Union Address, President Obama has turned to executive action to advance his agenda, which includes increasing the minimum wage and creating improved tools to ensure equal pay for women...more

California’s Minimum Wage Increases Will Impact the Pay of Your Exempt Employees and Commissioned Inside Sales Employees

Most California employers are well aware that California’s minimum wage for non-exempt employees will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. ...more

Minnesota Passes Law Raising Minimum Wage

On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation that will increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016. With the passage of the new minimum wage law, Minnesota becomes the fifth state this year to raise its...more

Looking Into My Crystal Ball At The Future Of FLSA Regulations

Last month, I wrote about the Obama Administration’s Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime protection for workers under the Fair Labor...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Speaks

Before the deadline for committee action, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee voted favorably on a plethora of bills and advanced them out of committee. Among the most noteworthy were: 1) a bill...more

New Mexico Law Requires Employers to Post Human Trafficking Poster

New Mexico's governor recently signed a law mandating that, no later than July 1, 2014, employers subject to the state's Minimum Wage Act conspicuously display in their facilities a poster on human trafficking. The new law...more

Minnesota Legislature Expected to Pass Minimum Wage Increase

The Star Tribune is reporting that Minnesota legislators have reached a deal that will increase Minnesota’s minimum wage for most employers to $9.50 per hour by 2016. When the proposed law is passed and signed by Governor...more

FLSA Does Not Prohibit Mandatory Individual Arbitration of Claims

Employers concerned about the cost and unpredictability of the civil judicial system may elect to require binding individual arbitration of disputes with their employees. In response, employees trying to get their claims...more

Obama Administration Expected To Expand Wage And Hour Protections, Disclosures For Federal Contractors' Employees

Recently, we told you about President Obama’s Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to announce that he will sign two new...more

White House Announces Additional Executive Orders For Federal Government Contractors

President Obama is expected to sign two executive orders that will impose additional compliance obligations on federal government contractors. The first order will reportedly bar federal contractors from retaliating against...more

Disinformation And The "Tipped-Employee Minimum Wage"

A White House report promoting a substantial jump in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage perpetuates now-widely-disseminated propaganda about an alleged "tipped employee minimum wage" of $2.13 per...more

Connecticut Moves Toward Highest Minimum Wage of Any State in the Country

On March 27, 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that is poised to make Connecticut's minimum wage the highest of any state in the nation by 2017 (if no other state enacts a higher wage in the interim). ...more

Connecticut Becomes the First State to Increase Minimum Wage to $10.10 per Hour by 2017

On March 27, 2014, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass legislation mandating an increase to the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017—the same rate to which President Barack Obama is seeking to...more

Alert: West Virginia House Bill 4283 Raises Minimum Wage and Has Unintended Consequences

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill ("HB") 4283 into law yesterday, April 1, 2014. The bill will raise West Virginia's minimum wage incrementally, from $7.25 per hour to $8 per hour on January 1, 2015,...more

Executive Order Issued on Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for Federal contractors and subcontractors under certain contracts, as he had foreshadowed in this year’s State of the Union. The...more

One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

The BLS Minimum-Wage "Report" Means . . . What, Exactly?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report entitled "Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013" which claims that approximately 1.8 million hourly-paid workers made less than the federal Fair Labor...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks To Increase Minimum Wage For Tipped Employees

On February 27, 2014, a bill (S1595) was introduced that appears to establish an increase in the minimum wage for tipped New Jersey employees—first to 40 percent of the standard minimum wage, and then after one year, to 69...more

Executive Order Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

As he suggested during his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama intends to “lead by example” to increase the minimum wage by urging businesses to raise employee wages and by increasing minimum wages payable to...more

Secretary of Labor Directed to Update Federal Overtime Rules

In a brief memorandum recently issued to the Secretary of Labor, President Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to update federal overtime rules. As noted in the memorandum, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)...more

Q&A: Executive Order Increasing Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama increased the minimum wage for federal contractors and subcontractors by an Executive Order to $10.10 per hour. This announcement comes on the heels of 13 states and 4 cities that also...more

Minimum Wage in Mexico

Effective January 1, 2014, Mexico’s wages for geographic Zones “A” and “B” increased by 3.9%. Zone A includes all of Mexico’s major cities and entry ports....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

Obama Administration Orders Department Of Labor To Revise “White-Collar” FLSA Overtime Exemptions

In an unexpected move, the Obama administration officially announced today that it will issue a Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime...more

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