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$15 Minimum Wage Bill Heads to Governor Christie’s Desk

In a close 21-18 vote the New Jersey State Senate passed bill S15, the $15 Minimum Wage Bill. The bill will now head to Governor Christie’s desk after its previous stamp of approval from the New Jersey State Assembly. The...more

Here’s a Tip for You, Jack – Fifth Circuit Upholds Ruling on Restaurant Credit Card Offset

Life is filled with risky decisions. Should you take that new job? Should you put in an offer on that house that is just out of your price range? Should you really eat that last piece of cake when you’ve already had two?...more

Chicago to Become the Second City in the Midwest to Mandate Paid Sick Leave in 2016

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”).  Chicago is the second city in the Midwest this year to pass a law granting employees...more

Costa Rica: Aumento Salarial Aprobado para el Sector Privado para el Segundo Semestre 2016

El 15 de junio del 2016, el Consejo Nacional de Salarios aprobó un aumento al salario mínimo de 0.5%, correspondiente al segundo semestre del 2016 para los empleados del sector privado, excepto para las trabajadoras...more

Costa Rica: Salary Increase Approved for the Private Sector for Second Semester of 2016

On June 15, 2016, Costa Rica’s National Wages Council (“Consejo Nacional de Salarios”) approved a 0.5% increase to the minimum wage for all private sector employees, except for domestic workers whose salaries will be...more

Here's a tip: Don't skim from employee tips

Hospitality industry employers take note: If you claim a “tip credit” toward the minimum wage for any of your employees, you need to make sure that all tips are properly distributed to employees. A recent case from the Fifth...more

What Employers Need to Know About the New State Garnishment Laws, Part II: Tennessee, California, South Dakota, and West Virginia

The requirements and processes applicable to employers handling garnishments are primarily governed by state law—meaning that multi-state employers need to be aware of the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) in...more

D.C. and Maryland Set to Increase Minimum Wage on July 1, 2016

As of July 1, both Maryland’s and the District of Columbia will increase the minimum wage. Maryland’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 per hour while the District of Columbia’s will increase to $11.50 per hour. Employers...more

New Law May Create Coverage for Wage and Hour Claims

Employers continue to face a wave of lawsuits alleging violations of various “wage and hour” statutes (overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, etc.). Employment liability insurers have uniformly denied coverage for these claims...more

Enactment of Los Angeles and San Diego Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Requires Employers to Reassess Their Policies

The cities of Los Angeles and San Diego recently approved minimum wage and sick leave ordinances that will apply to all employees who work within those cities’ geographical limits. Employers with employees who work in these...more

San Diego Voters Enact Paid Sick Leave, Higher Minimum Wage

Seyfarth Synopsis: After hitting some major roadblocks, the San Diego Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance has now been enacted. The Ordinance is to take effect this summer, most likely by the end of July. The...more

A Reminder: Increased Minimum Wages for Santa Monica and Los Angeles

An increase in temperatures will not be the only increase employers will see this July: employers in the City of Los Angeles and in the City of Santa Monica are reminded that minimum wages will increase starting on July 1,...more

Illinois Aims to Reduce Workers’ Comp to Help State Economy”

Governor Bruce Rauner is looking to reduce the cost of doing business in Illinois by cutting back on workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, among other initiatives. The efforts are a part of his Turnaround Agenda,...more

It’s Contagious: Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Hikes Spread to Los Angeles and San Diego

Paid sick leave is on the rise, as we reported here, here, here, and here. As we approach the one-year compliance anniversary for state-mandated paid sick leave, employers now face additional compliance wrinkles in the Los...more

New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Following in the footsteps of the New Jersey State Assembly, the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee moved forward on legislation (S15) increasing the New Jersey State minimum wage to $15 by 2021. The...more

Los Angeles Expands Sick Pay Obligations Beyond Current State Law Requirements

Action Item: On June 2, 2016, Mayor Garcetti signed Los Angeles’ new Minimum Wage Ordinance (“the Los Angeles Ordinance”), which effectively affords employees who work in the City of Los Angeles twice the amount of paid sick...more

Three California Municipalities Enact New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

The trend toward local regulation of employment laws continues in California with three new local wage and hour enactments....more

Los Angeles Approves Minimum Wage Increases and Mandates Employers to Provide 48 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

Employers in the City of Los Angeles will need to review their current minimum wage and paid sick leave policies to ensure they comply with the new City ordinance increasing the minimum wage and extending paid sick leave...more

Los Angeles, San Diego Approve Paid Sick Leave Ordinances, Joining Santa Monica and Other Cities

The Los Angeles mayor has approved a paid sick leave ordinance that requires employers to provide 48 hours of paid sick leave each year, twice the amount required under California’s statewide paid sick leave law. San Diego...more

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Issues Minimum Wage Rules

As we previously advised, on March 2, 2016, Oregon enacted the first geographically-tiered minimum wage hike in the country.  This new minimum wage law, which becomes effective on July 1, 2016, imposes different minimum wage...more

Los Angeles Employers Must Pay Higher Minimum Wages And Provide Expanded Paid Sick Leave

Los Angeles Employers Must Pay Higher Minimum Wages And Provide Expanded Paid Sick Leave - On July 1, 2016, employers who have more than 25 employees performing some work in the City of Los Angeles (the "City") will need...more

Los Angeles One-Two Punch: Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Changes Go Into Effect in July

Los Angeles is once again in the spotlight as it implements changes in its laws that will impact many of its employers and their employees beginning July 1, 2016. On June 1, 2016, the City Council passed the Los Angeles...more

San Diego's Expansion of Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

Recently, San Diego voters approved Proposition I, which requires San Diego employers to provide higher minimum wages and five days of paid sick leave to employees working in the city. The new requirements are set to take...more

Are Higher Wages Coming To A City or County Near You? The Minimum Wage Legislation Trend As Told By California

From city to county to state, in the past three years, Californians have witnessed extensive propagation of minimum wage legislation at the local level. After staying silent for several years, the upper echelons of...more

Alert: City of San Diego Raises Minimum Wage, Requires Paid Sick Leave

On June 7, 2016, voters in the City of San Diego, California approved, by referendum, the San Diego City Council's minimum wage increase ordinance that had previously been vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The ordinance...more

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