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Attention California Employers: New Employment Laws Affecting Your Business Take Effect on January 1, 2016 - In past years the Governor of California has enacted new laws related to employment that place additional...more

New York Jets Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage Lawsuit

Last week, a New Jersey state judge approved a $324,000 settlement between the New York Jets (the “Jets”) and 52 female cheerleaders stemming from a class action lawsuit seeking unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related...more

NJ Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

On February 4, 2016, in Trenton, New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and State Senator Ray Lesniak proposed a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 for all New Jersey...more

Tacoma’s New Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Laws Now in Effect

As of February 1, 2016, employers with employees who work in Tacoma must comply with two new legal requirements. First, employers must pay employees who work in Tacoma a minimum wage of $10.35 per hour, rather than the state...more

Beware the Landmines: New and Coming Labor and Employment Laws

From 2014 to 2016 there has been an explosion of labor & employment “laws” through Executive Orders, new regulations and proposed regulations. Some of the requirements apply to all employers, while those issued by...more

New Employment Laws for California Public Employers

As in years past, 2016 brings important changes to employment laws in California — a state that continues to be a challenging environment for employers. Employment issues ranging from healthy workplaces and gender...more

Starting Off The New Year Right

As we all begin 2016 with resolutions for a better year, it is also a prime time to review your company’s policies to help avoid employment-related minefields. In addition to certain new obligations beginning this year,...more

State Minimum Wages Increase in the New Year

Although the minimum wage under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) remains the same for 2016, the minimum wage increases under the laws of 14 states. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have minimum...more

Required 2016 Minimum Wage Poster for Federal Contractors Available

The U.S. Department of Labor has updated its 2016 minimum wage poster to reflect new requirements imposed by the February 12, 2014, Executive Order (E.O.) 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The E.O. requires...more

Seattle Enacts Law to Strengthen Wage Theft and Other Labor Standards Ordinances

Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray recently signed a measure strengthening the city’s ability to enforce minimum wage and other workplace standards. The Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance 2015...more

#RaiseTheWage: Why is Voluntarily Raising the Minimum Wage Rate Trending Across the Country?

For employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the debate in Congress over the minimum wage has been a hot button issue. Interestingly, 29 states in addition to Washington D.C., have already enacted...more

New Orleans ‘Living Wage’ Law Goes Into Effect

In August we reported that the City of New Orleans had passed a “Living Wage” ordinance requiring city contractors and grant recipients to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour. The new law also requires...more

California’s Minimum Wage Increase: The Impact May Be Broader Than Employers Think

Effective January 1, 2016, California has increased its minimum wage from $9 per hour to $10 per hour. This is the second increase to the state minimum wage in the past year and a half. Remember, the obligation to pay minimum...more

Are You Adopting a Service Charge Model to Help Raise Wages?

As lawmakers continue to increase the minimum wage in states and cities across the country, many hoteliers and restaurateurs are implementing service charges and tip pools in order to meet rising costs and help workers earn...more

Looking Forward to 2016

A new year is upon us, and it is shaping up to be a big one in terms of political and regulatory change. As the last year of the Obama presidency, there is a lot of pressure on the administration to leave a mark – including...more

New Year, New Laws: A Summary of Hot Button Employment Laws to Hit the Books in 2016

From coast to coast, as the calendar turned to 2016, a host of new employment laws became effective. States and local government are imposing broad obligations on employers well above what federal law requires. This patchwork...more

Mexico Approves an Increase to the Daily Minimum Wage for 2016

On December 18, 2015, the National Commission on Minimum Wages ("Comisión Nacional de los Salarios Mínimos" or CONASAMI ) approved a general minimum wage increase of 4.2%, effective January 1, 2016....more

Mexico: Incremento al Salario Mínimo por el Año 2016

El 18 de diciembre de 2015, la Comisión Nacional de los Salarios Mínimos (CONASAMI) acordó otorgar un aumento general al salario mínimo  para el 2016 de 4.20%.  El incremento en el salario mínimo diario entró en vigor a...more

Legislative Updates Employers Should Know About to Avoid Wringing in the New Year

The California legislature played an active role in 2015 by enacting new rules and amendments in many employment areas. The following covers some of the key highlights, some of which became effective on January 1, 2016. Equal...more

Reminder: Michigan's Minimum Wage Increases to $8.50/Hour

In May 2014, Michigan enacted a law that will gradually increase the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by January 1, 2018. On January 1, 2016, the minimum hourly wage for employees increased by 35 cents, from $8.15...more

Gov. Cuomo to Announce Minimum Wage Hike for State University Workers

The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce a minimum wage increase for state university workers, to $15 per hour. The announcement is planned for January 4, 2016, and is estimated to...more

California Employers Will Be Facing New "Break Wars" In The New Year

Although meal periods have occupied central stage in class action litigation over the past decade in California, rest-period litigation will soon join the “break wars.” A new law that just took effect on January 1, 2016...more

Fast Food Employers In The Empire State: 10 Wage-And-Hour Issues On The Horizon

Employers across New York State will be ringing in the new year with wage increases — particularly those in the hospitality industry, who face additional increases for qualifying "fast food" workers. This update summarizes...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2016

As in recent years, the California Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed numerous labor and employment bills into law in 2015. Each become effective on Jan. 1, 2016, unless otherwise stated. This Alert highlights the...more

Minimum Wage Changes to New York’s Fast Food Industry: New Hospitality Wage Order & FAQs

As we previously discussed in May and July of this year, wage and hour requirements for the fast food industry in New York State are changing starting in the new year. These changes, which go into effect on December 31, 2015,...more

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