Minimum Wage

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Seattle Increases Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour

Joining Hawaii, Maryland and Connecticut, all of which have voted to gradually raise their state minimum wages to $10.10 per hour, and Massachusetts, which has voted to gradually increase its minimum wage to $11.00 per hour,...more

Governor Signs Law to Raise Massachusetts Minimum Wage

What you need to know: Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law that will raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour over the next three years. The first increase, to $9 per...more

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State to Raise its Minimum Wage

Massachusetts is the latest state to take up the minimum wage mantel, as Governor Deval Patrick signed a law raising minimum wage in the state on June 26th. As we have discussed on this blog, there is a movement afoot...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

In a previous article, “Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase,” we outlined the Massachusetts House and Senate’s separate plans to increase the minimum wage and reform the...more

Are You Ready for Next Month’s Change in the State Minimum Wage?

On August 1, 2014, Minnesota’s new minimum wage law takes effect. The new law changes the state’s minimum wage requirements in several ways, including new definitions of large and small employers, progressively increasing...more

California Minimum Wage Increases July 1st!

Any California employer that has been in hiding the last six months or more may not be aware that California’s minimum wage increases to $9 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $8 per hour on July 1, 2014. In addition...more

Massachusetts Increases the Minimum Wage and Reforms Unemployment Insurance

On Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an increase in the state minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017, the highest state minimum wage in the country. Specifically, Massachusetts’ current $8.00 per hour minimum...more

Massachusetts to Raise State Minimum Wage

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that will raise the Commonwealth's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2017, which would be the highest minimum wage in the...more

Massachusetts Increases Minimum Wage

On June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation that will significantly increase the state’s minimum wage for hourly and tipped workers over the next three years. The current Massachusetts...more

Employers Must Post Updated Minimum Wage Order by July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage increases to $9.00 per hour (from $8.00). It will increase further to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Employers must post the applicable California Department of...more

New Proposed Regulations Implementing Minimum Wage Increases on Federal Contractors

On June 18, 2014, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations to implement President Obama’s Executive Order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for many workers of federal contractors, and to $4.90 per hour...more

The Minimum Wage Battle Wages On

With the federal minimum wage remaining at $7.25 since 2009, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wages to amounts higher than the federal rate. ...more

DOL Proposes New Federal Contractor Minimum Wage to Carry Out Executive Order

In February, President Obama signed Executive Order 13,658 increasing the minimum wage for work performed by federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. The Order resulted from the administration’s continuing frustration with...more

Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rules to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers; Federal Contractors Should...

In response to President Obama's Executive Order earlier this year, the Department of Labor has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish standards and procedures for raising the minimum wage paid to...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule to Implement Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Rate

As prior blog entries (see here and here) have explained, on February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to...more

eTrends – Summer Interns may be Entitled to Wage and Hour Protection

Employers who use summer interns should be aware that interns may be entitled to certain protections under the labor laws. Generally, interns are considered to be employees entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections....more

DOL Proposes Rule to Establish Higher Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The rule would set the wage at $10.10 for covered contracts beginning in 2015. On June 17, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) formally proposed a new rule to implement Executive Order 13658, which, in February 2014,...more

Your Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13658 (“Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors”), with instructions to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to issue regulations by October 1, 2014...more

DOL Proposed Rule Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10 for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees staffing any of four categories of federal contracts. The proposed rule implements an executive...more

Massachusetts Employers Prepare for Employment Law Changes

The pending proposals include a ban on noncompete agreements and a boost to the minimum wage. Employers with workers in Massachusetts should closely watch the upcoming close of the Massachusetts legislature’s current...more

President Obama to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors From Discriminating Against LGBT Employees

White House officials reported today that President Obama intends to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

Are Your Sales Employees Properly Classified as Exempt?

Many employers treat their sales employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and minimum wage requirements. Regardless of whether they pay them a salary, commissions, or some combination of both,...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule On New Minimum Wage For Some Federal Contractors

Today the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the new minimum wage for certain federal contractors based on the Executive Order that President Obama signed on February 12. The Notice...more

July 1, 2014 Brings New Requirements for California Employers

Beginning July 1, 2014, California employers must comply with several new pieces of legislation. The first phase of California’s minimum wage increase takes effect on July 1. In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed...more

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