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What Does "Prevailing" Mean, Anyway? And Why Is the Prevailing Wage Rate So High?

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. But in recent years, the law in California has EXPANDED well beyond its initial...more

Holiday pay includes commission (unsurprisingly)

The eagerly-awaited Court of Appeal decision in British Gas v Lock has now been handed down. The hope for this decision was twofold: that it would clarify whether or not holiday pay should take into account commission...more

Third Circuit Confirms Paid Meal Breaks Cannot Offset FLSA Overtime Liability

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit emphasized the need for employers to capture and compensate all hours worked by non-exempt employees, even if the employer pays the employees for break time that it could treat as...more

Changes to Russian Labor Law Affect Payments to Employees

A number of significant amendments to Russian labor legislation entered into force on October 3, 2016. The amendments were introduced by Federal Law No.272-FZ “On Introducing Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the...more

New York Publishes Final Rules on Wage Payment Methods

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor published final regulations on the methods by which employees must be paid, including with respect to direct deposit of wages and payroll debit cards.  The...more

Prompt Payment Required – Doesn’t Matter If Fired, Retired, Or Resigned

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court holds that employers must promptly pay final wages owed to employees who quit, including those who retire, or risk paying steep statutory penalties under California Labor Code...more

New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants About Salary History

Earlier this month, Massachusetts’ Republican governor signed into law a bipartisan bill requiring employers to pay men and women equally for similar work. The law’s basic requirement is one in place in many states and under...more

Costa Rica: Aumento Salarial Aprobado para el Sector Privado para el Segundo Semestre 2016

El 15 de junio del 2016, el Consejo Nacional de Salarios aprobó un aumento al salario mínimo de 0.5%, correspondiente al segundo semestre del 2016 para los empleados del sector privado, excepto para las trabajadoras...more

Costa Rica: Salary Increase Approved for the Private Sector for Second Semester of 2016

On June 15, 2016, Costa Rica’s National Wages Council (“Consejo Nacional de Salarios”) approved a 0.5% increase to the minimum wage for all private sector employees, except for domestic workers whose salaries will be...more

Proposed Rule Would Radically Alter Use of Direct Deposit and Paycards in New York

On June 15, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published a proposed rule governing the permissible methods for an employer in New York to pay wages to employees. The most radical change is that all...more

Connecticut Authorizes Use of Payroll Cards to Pay Employees

On June 7, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute authorizing employers to use payroll cards to pay employees. Previously, the Connecticut Department of Labor's position was such cards were...more

The District of Columbia Council Paves the Way to Increasing the Hourly Minimum Wage to $15 by 2020

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the District of Columbia Council voted unanimously to raise the District’s minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees. For non-tipped employees, the current minimum wage in the...more

Legislative Update: Bi-weekly Payroll Periods (Without CTDOL Approval) are Here!

It’s been a long-time coming but the General Assembly finally approved of a measure that would allow employers to pay employees on a bi-weekly basis without receiving prior CTDOL approval. The provision, part of a set of...more

Payroll Cards Finally Approved in Connecticut

Payroll cards are finally here. The General Assembly finished their regular session last night with several employment law bills getting passed, including some that have been kicking around for years. One of them is...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

The California Fair Pay Act

California’s Fair Pay Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits private employers from paying male and female employees at different wage rates for substantially similar work. This standard is both more stringent...more

Stronger New York Pay Equity Law to Take Effect in January 2016

New York employers take notice: an amendment to New York’s equal pay law (S.1/A.6075) was signed by Governor Cuomo on October 21, 2015. The law amends Labor Law Section 194, which prohibits pay differentials based on gender...more

Preparing for Compliance with California’s New Fair Pay Act

When California’s Fair Pay Act goes into effect January 1, 2016, the state’s employers will be subject to the strictest equal pay law in the country. The new law is part of an increased effort on both the federal and state...more

Higher Wages for Computer Software Employees for 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations recently announced an increase in the minimum hourly wage required for certain computer software workers who are exempt from overtime under California Labor Code section 515.5....more

Colorado Vacation Pay Update

Earlier this month, we alerted you that the Colorado Department of Labor was considering an enforcement position with respect to “use it or lose it” vacation policies. The CDOL recently issued a FAQ document about Colorado’s...more

"Use-It-Or-Lose-It" Vacation Policies Declared Permissible in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Labor-Division of Labor has issued much needed guidance confirming that "use-it-or-lose-it" vacation policies are permissible under the Colorado Wage Protection Act provided that the policy is...more

Keine Vergütung von Raucherpausen aus betrieblicher Übung

So entschied das LAG Nürnberg mit nun veröffentlichtem Urteil vom 21. Juli 2015 (Az.: 7 Sa 131/15; Parallelsache mit Urteil vom 5. August 2015 (Az.: 2 Sa 132/15)). In dem Betrieb des klagenden Arbeitnehmers wurde durch eine...more

California Legislature Passes Fair Pay Act Aimed at Closing Pay Gap Between Men and Women

Citing the pay gap between men and women in California, and noting that the gap increases for women of color, the California Legislature recently passed a bill that would prohibit employers from paying an employee at wage...more

The National Living Wage – Will it cause a “catastrophic collapse”?

The National Living Wage comes into force in April 2016. This morning, the government announced it is doubling the penalties for minimum wage violators. In this blog, we take a closer look at how the National Living Wage...more

Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bill That Would Dramatically Curtail New Jersey Employers’ Ability to Alter Work Schedules

On May 19, 2015, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg introduced a bill (S2933) as part of a package of legislation seeking to dramatically regulate the scheduling and compensation of employees in New Jersey....more

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