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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

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

U.S. Treasury Department Suggests That Non-Compete Reform is Necessary

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released a study on the effect of non-compete agreements, taking a hard line with respect to their social and economic benefits and purported harms. Specifically, while the authors of...more

Federal Court Rejects Hospitals’ Challenge to Medicare Wage Rule 

In a decision with far-reaching implications within the health care industry, on February 22, 2016, a federal judge rejected a challenge to how Medicare reimbursement is adjusted based on local labor costs, dismissing...more

The Danger of Service Charges in Country Club Operations

Country clubs and other private clubs have traditionally utilized service charges on food and beverage sales to supplement their revenue. In most cases, this supplemental revenue is used to pay higher wages to all employees...more

Labor and Employment Group News: U.S. Treasury Issues Report on the Economic Effects of Non-compete Contracts

An office of Economic Policy Report published in March 2016, entitled "Non-Compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications," estimates that 18% of all workers, or nearly 30 million people, are covered by...more

Changes to salary sacrifice childcare vouchers

Employees can receive childcare vouchers either on top of their normal salary or by salary sacrifice. Under a salary sacrifice arrangement, an employee agrees to a variation to their contract terms, reducing their salary to...more

#Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Employees have increasingly voiced concerns on social media regarding their employment, often including specific statements about their employers. As previously discussed on this blog, an employee’s Facebook post related to...more

Till Death Do You Part—Wages Of The Dearly Departed

When an employee dies, employers ask, “Who gets the employee’s wages, and how do I pay them without getting into trouble?” While employers might be tempted to consult the California Labor Code (see discussion of payment of...more

February 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers...more

Land Use Advisory: The Build Better LA Initiative—More Affordable Housing and Labor Agreements?

As you may have learned from the news, a coalition of labor and affordable housing advocates recently announced it may seek to place the “Build Better LA Initiative” (“labor initiative”) on the City of Los Angeles ballot in...more

Procurement Pulse - November 2015

Further debate on the living wage this month, as the Scottish Government issues guidance on evaluating fair working conditions that relate to the subject matter of a procurement. Useful direction from the courts on how to...more

New York Labor Law Wage Deduction Amendments Extended Through 2018

On the eve of November 6, 2015 expiration date, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation earlier this week (Assembly Bill A07594/S05623) extending the effective date for the expanded list of permissible wage...more

New York’s Wage Deduction Law in Effect for Three More Years

On October 26, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed State Assembly bill A07594, extending the expiration period of 2012 amendments to New York Labor Law §193, which had permitted employers to make deductions from...more

California’s New Equal Pay Laws Promise to Bring More Litigation

Equal pay claims just got a lot tougher to defend in California. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 358, a new law which aims to curb a statewide pay disparity between men and women. The law, dubbed the California...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

New York State Department of Labor Publishes Revised Proposed Regulations Governing Use of Payroll Debit Cards

On October 28, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published revised proposed regulations modifying its draft regulations (which were initially published on May 27, 2015) governing permissible methods of...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

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