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An Early Holiday Boost to Low-Wage Silicon Valley Workers?: San José Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance and Accelerates The...

The New Year will bring significant changes to the local employment laws affecting Silicon Valley-area employers, with measures aimed at reducing the expansion of the part-time workforce and increasing the minimum wage....more

Wage Exemption Amount for Restraining Notices and Levies under New York State Law to Increase as of December 31, 2016

Under New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act (“EIPA”), certain funds in deposit accounts are exempt from most restraining notices and levies. One exemption under the EIPA is for an amount deemed to be protected wages, with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Are Not Employees

Back in August, the National Labor Relations Board threw the higher education community a curve ball ruling that student assistants at Columbia University were employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and were...more

Reminder: Minimum Wage in Michigan Increasing in January

On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate in Michigan will increase from $8.50 per hour to $8.90 per hour. This increase marks the third out of four scheduled increases which began in 2014....more

México: Incremento al salario mínimo por el año 2017

El 1 de diciembre de 2016, la Comisión Nacional de los Salarios Mínimos (CONASAMI) acordó por unanimidad otorgar un aumento constituido por el Monto Independiente de Recuperación (MIR) por la cantidad de $4.00 pesos diarios...more

Mexico Increases Daily Minimum Wage, Effective January 1, 2017

On December 1, 2016, the National Minimum Wages Commission (CONASAMI) unanimously approved two new increases to the minimum wage. The first increase, consisting of $4.00 Mexican pesos per day, has been designated as an...more

National Living Wage to increase by 4 per cent in April

The Chancellor has confirmed that the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase in April 2017 from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour. This represents an increase of 4 percent. The new NLW for workers aged 25 and over came into...more

New Pennsylvania Legislation Allows Payment of Wages by Payroll Debit Cards

Employers in Pennsylvania will be able to pay employee wages using payroll debit cards under an amendment to the banking code signed by Governor Tom Wolf on November 4, 2016. The new legislation goes into effect 180 days...more

Costa Rica Adopts New Methodology for Adjustments to Wage Increase

On October 31, 2016, Costa Rica’s National Wages Council (“Consejo Nacional de Salarios”) approved a proposal to change the formula and timeframe of wage increases for employees in the private sector. With the new...more

Tenth Circuit Says FLSA Overtime Rate Does Not Include Reasonable Per Diem Meal Pay

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime pay is calculated based on the employee’s “regular rate.” The regular rate includes not just base compensation, but bonuses, incentive pay, commissions and other forms of cash and...more

New Pennsylvania Law Allows Use of Payroll Debit Cards

We have been following litigation in Pennsylvania challenging the use of payroll debit cards by employers to pay employees. In one such case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that an employer violated the...more

May your Days be Merry and Blue Laws Compliant

‘Tis the season to eat turkey, drink pumpkin-flavored lattes, and, of course, shop. With Black Friday and the holiday season just around the corner, it is important for retailers to remember that Massachusetts has specific...more

New York Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations for Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) adopted final regulations (“Final Regulations”) limiting the methods by which New York employers may pay their employees and defining mandatory...more

The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers

Based on promises made during the campaign, it appears employers may expect changes in the government’s approach to workplace regulation. Although we certainly do not have a crystal ball, President-elect Trump campaigned on a...more

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies the Use of Payroll Debit Cards

On November 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that brings the Commonwealth’s law regarding payroll debit cards into the 21st century. The new legislation amends Pennsylvania’s Banking Code, and...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

Looking Ahead: President Trump, the Overtime Rule, and Other Impacts on the Employment Landscape

The U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will take effect December 1st unless a federal judge in Texas issues an injunction after a hearing next week in an action challenging the rule. In the meantime, employers must...more

Superior Court: Mandatory Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates PA Law

As regular readers of our blog know, we have been following a pending class action lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania employer’s use of payroll debit cards to pay its employees. There has been a key development in that case. ...more

Yes, Cher, you can ‘Turn Back Time’—you’ll just have to pay for it

By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Cubs won something called “the World Series.” Our long, national nightmare—arrogant Cubs fans—has now officially begun. Now, onto things that actually matter. This past weekend, we...more

The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2016

Court Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban Finds Grooming Policy Did Not Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - A federal appellate court recently held that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute...more

Takeaways from the Admiralty Law Institute-Maritime Law Association 50-Year Reunion

Last week, 425 admiralty and maritime lawyers, law professors, U.S. Coast Guard officers, law students, and maritime industry professionals descended on New Orleans for the Golden Rules: Tulane Admiralty Law Institute and...more

Pay rises = pay cuts?

Earlier in the year, Tesco announced, as part of pay negotiations, a 3.1 per cent increase in wages for staff. This measure, however, was accompanied by a cut to the rates paid to some long-serving staff members for working...more

Proposed Amendment to New York State Wage Orders Set To Substantially Raise Salary Requirements For Exempt Employees

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published proposed new Wage Orders which, if enacted, will ultimately increase the salary requirements for exempt employees in New York State beyond even...more

End of Daylight Saving Time: Wage-Hour Implications for Night Shift Workers

Daylight Saving Time will end in most states on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. when we set our clocks back one hour. How does this time change effect nonexempt employees who are working at the time we "fall back"?...more

White House Council of Economic Advisors Cites Non-Competes as Factor in Increasing Labor Monopsony

I vaguely recall the word “monopsony” from an introductory economics course, but to be honest, I could not remember what it means. The term monopsony is defined as, “a market condition where one or a small group of firms...more

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