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Giant Leap In St. Louis City Minimum Wage Is Imminent

Employers in St. Louis City should prepare for an imminent increase in the minimum wage from $7.70 to $10 per hour. On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its direction to lift an injunction blocking the City’s minimum...more

St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect in the Coming Days

On April 25, 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued its mandate in Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401), paving the way for St. Louis City’s minimum wage ordinance to take effect, which will...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

Top labor and employment developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. presidential administrations historically have sought to use the federal procurement system, and specifically the regulations that apply to contractors and subcontractors, as a means to implement policies that would...more

State and Local Governments: Battling for Control of Workplace Laws

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

While some states are taking action to bar cities and local governments from regulating the workplace, cities and counties appear to be countering that effort by implementing innovative worker protections....more

USCIS Appeals Panel Rules on L-1B Employment

by Morgan Lewis on

The guidance creates a new wage obligation for L-1B employees on overseas payroll. On April 14, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum establishing a...more

New York's 421-a Tax Exemption for New Residential Buildings is Back

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York State Legislature has passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation re-establishing the 421-a Tax Exemption Program after a nearly two-year hiatus. The program, which was first put in place in the early...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

New York State Appellate Court Finds 24-Hour Non-Residential Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods

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As Littler reported in March of 2015, a New York Supreme Court, Kings County Justice found that sleep and meal periods must not be excluded from the hourly wages of a home attendant who does not reside in the home of his or...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Conflict Between Florida Preemption Statute and Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance Emerges Amidst Ongoing Litigation

by Littler on

A conflict between a Florida state preemption statute and the City of Miami Beach’s minimum wage ordinance is coming to bear.  The end result of the pending litigation on the subject will likely determine the extent to which...more

Steady as She Goes or Charting a New Course? Employment and Labor Signals in the Trump Administration

As we discussed yesterday at Mintz Levin’s Third Annual Employment Law Summit, big changes are likely in the offing as all three branches of our federal government begin to deal with labor and employment issues following...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Hundreds of Restaurant Owners and Servers Turn Out in Augusta for Hearings on Tip Credit and Minimum Wage - Hundreds of Maine restaurant servers and business owners appeared in Augusta on Wednesday, April 5 to testify...more

The Resurgence Of The Hourly Rate To Recognize Performance

by Fisher Phillips on

The minimum wage is here to stay, but it has become more complicated to apply to some classes of employees. Until this century, the issue of whether employees are adequately paid at the applicable minimum wage in California...more

Its all change in employment law in April…

by Dentons on

April is a key month for employment law changes and this April is no different. 6 April is “D-Day” for a number of significant changes. By way of reminder...more

Following Maine's Minimum Wage & Tip Credit: An Update for Employers

by PretiFlaherty on

The evolution of Maine wage payment laws continues apace, and a raft of legislative bills are currently undergoing scrutiny in Augusta. Back in November, Maine voters increased the state minimum wage to $9 per hour and...more

Two Employment Law Issues Startups Should Know About

by Varnum LLP on

It's no secret that the first year of operation can make or break a startup. Don't let overlooked employment issues be your startup's downfall. Below is a brief overview of two major issues startups face in their first year....more

NLRB Finds That Fast-Food Company Must Allow Employees To Wear “Fight For $15” Buttons

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB rules that fast-food company violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining a rule prohibiting employees from wearing unauthorized buttons or insignia and by instructing an employee to remove...more

New York Court Delivers Denial Of Certification In Papa John’s Drivers’ Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court in Durling, et al. v. Papa John’s International, Inc., Case No. 7:16-CV-03592 (CS) (JCM) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2017), recently denied Plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification...more

Tip Credit Does Not Apply to Delivery Drivers Declares Connecticut Supreme Court

In a decision released on April 4, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that employers cannot take advantage of a “tip credit” for delivery drivers in order to meet the state minimum wage. The case, Amaral Brothers,...more

HB2 Repeal Shields Employers From Local Labor Ordinances

On Thursday, Governor Cooper signed into law a measure repealing North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law that limited use of public restrooms and changing facilities to the gender on that person’s birth certificate. While most...more

State of the States — Legislative Action Heats Up

by Littler on

As we turn the calendar to April, state legislatures are starting to hit their stride. Bills introduced earlier this year continue to advance, with more than 400 labor and employment-related measures remaining under...more

Raising Rates: Tribunal Compensation Limits and National Minimum Wage 2017

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The annual increases in compensation in the employment tribunals will take effect on 6 April 2017. The new rates apply where the event giving rise to the compensation (such as the termination of employment) occurs on or after...more

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