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Starting July 1, 2015, the minimum wage in the City of Chicago is $10 per hour. The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that also increases the city’s minimum wage in successive increments through July 1, 2019. By...more
Before you fire up the grill to celebrate Independence Day, this is a reminder that a number of important laws passed by local and state governments around the country become effective July 1. The Fast Laner previously...more
The Second Circuit struck a blow today to individuals pursuing collective/class actions alleging that unpaid interns should be classified as employees. The Court announced an employer-friendly test that asks who benefits...more
On July 1, 2015, Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance goes into effect for all covered employers and employees. The Ordinance, which will raise the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019, was passed on December...more
Coming to a store or restaurant near you soon! Supervisors will get overtime!
“Too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve.” —President Obama on overtime pay...more
Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California:
Why it matters -
Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more
On June 23, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime. With one exception, the new law requires a...more
Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.
Legislature Plans Long Day -
Early this past Wednesday morning, the Maine House and Senate...more
On June 22, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law another increase to the state’s minimum wage. This marks the fourth straight year that Rhode Island has raised its minimum wage. Effective January 1,...more
Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers -
On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors.
Commission members voted 11-4 for...more
When an employer signs a general release of claims with a former employee, it expects that the agreement and the consideration provided will prevent future legal claims. However, certain actions, such as Workers’ Compensation...more
School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the...more
On June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2020. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the measure on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Employers are required to increase...more
Beginning July 1, 2015, employers that maintain a business facility within the city of Chicago, and/or are required to obtain a business license to operate in the city, will be required to comply with the city’s Minimum Wage...more
Congress is getting into the non-compete business. Citing the use of non-compete agreements by companies such as Jimmy John’s sandwich shops, Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill—called the Mobility and Opportunity...more
On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance for President Obama's infamous Executive Order 13673 – "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" (the Order). Although the stated purpose of the Order is "to...more
One of the biggest challenges facing employers today is how to ensure compliance in the perennially evolving field of employee benefits. In that vein, employers in certain states and localities across the country must now...more
You may recall that last December, just as Chicagoans were starting to hunker down for another cold, snowy winter, the Chicago City Council made national news by passing an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for...more
The Economic Policy Institute, a respected nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, has just released a working paper authored by a respected professor who co-authored a number of early academic studies detailing independent...more
The Ordinances impose significant new obligations regarding hiring and day-to-day operations of certain retail and service establishments that do business in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights...more
Thursday, June 5 marked the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin in the California Legislature. Here is a summary of some key employment bills that made it through (followed by some significant bills that...more
In Terry v. Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, 336 P.3d 951 (Nev. Oct. 30, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court adopted the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)’s “economic realities” test to determine whether workers can be classified as...more
On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally sent its proposed overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, which comes nearly six months later than initially expected....more
Employers should consider these recommendations for handling uniform purchase and maintenance costs, unpaid interns, and minimum wage requirements.
UNIFORM PURCHASE AND MAINTENANCE COSTS
Australia’s national minimum wage and modern award pay rates are set to increase by 2.5% starting July 1, 2015. On June 2, 2015, the Minimum Wage Panel (the Panel) of the Fair Work Commission announced an increase to the...more
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