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The District of Columbia Council Passes Its Own Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

The Council of the District of Columbia passed the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act (WTPAA) of 2014 which then mayor Vincent C. Gray signed in September 2014. Pursuant to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, this...more

Cook County's New Wage-Theft Ordinance

Cook County recently increased the stakes on wage and hour compliance for employers that transact business with or receive tax incentives from the County. After May 1, 2015, Cook County may refuse to allow businesses to...more

Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California's Paid Sick Leave Law, To Take Effect

Starting July 1, 2015, California will join numerous other states in requiring employers provide employees with paid sick leave pursuant to the Health Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014....more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 24 and 26 Public Hearings

As we promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. A. On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct an “off...more

District of Columbia Wage Theft Prevention Act Takes Effect February 26, 2015; Recent Amendments Modify Notice, Timekeeping,...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled “New District of Columbia Law Greatly Expands Remedies for Wage Law Violations and Places New Notice Requirements on Employers”), the “Wage Theft Prevention Amendment...more

Uncharted Territory: Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

The City of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance is set to take effect April 1, 2015.  When it does, Seattle will have the highest minimum wage in the nation, outpacing larger metropolises like San Francisco and New York City....more

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Significant Labor Law Amendments Take Effect February 27

As we previously reported, the New York State Legislature last June passed a Bill, intended to revitalize the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things,...more

Alice in Cook County, Illinois: A View Through the Looking Glass at a Ridiculous Wage-Theft Ordinance

Starting May 1, 2015, employers in Cook County will be subject to a new “Wage-Theft Ordinance” that could lead to employers incurring massive property tax liabilities, business license revocation, and debarment from county...more

The Federal Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees—Is a Raise in Store?

President Obama has made increasing the federal minimum wage a priority for the administration due in no small part to sustained union efforts over the past few years—including “worker center” protests and campaigns aimed at...more

"Tipped Minimum Wage" Nonsense Continues

A recent post appearing on U.S. Labor Department's blog begins, "The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That's right - it's been the same for nearly a quarter century." Actually, that's wrong....more

2015 Wage and Hour Law Update for Hospitality Industry Employers in New York

This Employment Law Spotlight blog post highlights important changes to New York’s wage and hour laws covering private employers in the hotel and restaurant industries, not including resort hotels. These changes are already...more

New York Hospitality Industry Wage Board Recommends Increase in Tipped Employee Minimum Wage

On September 15, 2014, the New York State Commissioner of Labor assigned the three-member Hospitality Industry Wage Board (“Wage Board”) with the task of reviewing and making recommendations regarding what changes, if any,...more

A Substantial Salary-Test Jump Is Likely

On January 28, the Economic Policy Institute announced that "noted economists and a former Secretary of Labor" had written to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to propose an increased salary threshold of around $960 a week...more

The Diminishing Tip Credit: Another Reason it is becoming Harder to Comply with Wage & Hour Laws in New York

Executive Summary: On January 30, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's ("NYSDOL") Wage Board (the "Wage Board") voted to recommend a fifty percent increase in the minimum hourly rate for tipped workers, from $5.00...more

New York Federal Court Finds that the Fair Labor Standards Act Does Not Require an Employer to Compensate an Employee for Time...

Employers do not have to pay their employees to attend mandatory alcohol counseling and treatment sessions, according to a New York Federal court. In reaching its decision, the court concluded that employee attendance at...more

Employee Recovers $131,000 For Unpaid Wages Against Former Employer

Manuel Tabarrejo was employed as a caregiver by Princess Retirement Homes, Inc. (“PRH”). After Tabarrejo left his employment with PRH, he filed a claim with the Labor Commissioner for unpaid wages and other wage-related...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Equitable Defenses to FLSA Claim Where Employer Aware of Underreported Hours

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that an employer that has knowledge that an employee underreported his hours cannot assert equitable defenses based on the employee’s own conduct as a...more

California District Court Finds that CAFA’s Amount-in-Controversy Requirement was Satisfied; Denies Motion to Remand

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied plaintiff’s motion to remand, holding that plaintiff’s claim for unpaid wages and overtime satisfied CAFA’s amount-in-controversy requirement. ...more

Adventures in Rounding: What if the "Rounding" Doesn't Happen at the Time Clock? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

This past spring, I discussed rounding time clock punches (usually automatically with a time clock system) at the beginning and end of a shift. To recap briefly, rounding is the practice of adjusting time clock punch times...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

$4.5 million wage settlement for Pa. and WVa. workers in oil and natural gas industry

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has reached agreement with numerous employers in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to provide 5,310 workers...more

Supreme Court Decides No Pay Owed for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, that Amazon warehouse employees were not entitled to pay for the time spent waiting to go through security checks at...more

Security Checks Ruled Non-Compensable Time by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that employees who are required to wait in line to pass through a security check before leaving at the end of their shift are not entitled to compensation for that time. In a unanimous...more

First Circuit Analyzes Whether Employees' Fluctuating Pay Meets FLSA's Salary Test

A recent First Circuit decision demonstrates how, in determining whether employees meet the FLSA's salary requirement,courts can look at how the employees are actually paid rather than any theoretical payment plan in...more

Six-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to Claims Under the New Jersey Wage Payment Law, New Jersey District Court Holds

A New Jersey federal court recently held that a six-year, not a two-year, statute of limitations applies to claims under the New Jersey Wage Payment Law, N.J.S.A. 34:11-4.1, et seq., that section of the New Jersey wage and...more

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