Wage and Hour Minimum Wage

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From Stanley Cup to Ante Up: Minimum Wage Increase Sweeps Chicagoland

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

New Wage And Hour Laws Go Into Effect On July 1

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

Unpaid Intern v. Employee Classification Analysis Must Look at Who is Primary Beneficiary of Relationship, Second Circuit Holds

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

Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Goes Into Effect July 2015

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

It’s Coming: Overtime Pay for More Workers

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

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

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

Connecticut Mandates Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime

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

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

Rhode Island Raises Minimum Wage Again: Now $9.60 per Hour

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

Post Session News

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

A Reminder to Employers That FLSA Claims Cannot Be Waived in Most Circumstances

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

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

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

Los Angeles Mayor Approves Minimum Wage Increase

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

Chicago Employers Subject to New Minimum Wage and Posting Requirements Beginning July 1, 2015

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

For Here or To Go? Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Noncompete Agreements, Increase Mobility For Sandwich Makers and Other Low-Wage...

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

DOL Presents: The Ghost of Violations Past

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

The Groundswell for Paid Sick Leave

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

Chicago Minimum Wage Hike Is Here: Are You Ready?

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

New Independent Contractor Misclassification Study Is Belied By Government Report and Disregards the Legitimate Use of Independent...

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

San Francisco Retail Workers Bill Of Rights Takes Effect July 3, 2015

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

2015 Employment Bills Moving Through The CA Legislative Process

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

Nevada Establishes Conclusive Presumption for Independent Contractor Status

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

Late but Not Forgotten: The DOL’s White-Collar Proposal

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

Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Compliance

Employers should consider these recommendations for handling uniform purchase and maintenance costs, unpaid interns, and minimum wage requirements. UNIFORM PURCHASE AND MAINTENANCE COSTS Problem/Issue Employees...more

Australia: Get Set For a 2.5% Increase to Minimum Wages Effective July 1, 2015

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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