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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

California Labor Commissioner Revises Sick Pay Notice Obligation

As the July 1, 2015 deadline for employers to implement California’s new paid sick leave law approaches, employers are finding a number of ambiguities in the law that make it challenging to implement. The Office of the Labor...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

NYS Acting Commissioner of Labor Accepts the Wage Board’s Recommendation to Increase the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees in the...

New York State’s Acting Commissioner of Labor, Mario Musolino, issued an Order today, accepting most of the recommendations made by the Hospitality Industry Wage Board, including the recommendation to increase the minimum...more

New Washington, DC Wage Law with Sweeping Changes In Effect This Week

On February 26, 2014, the Amended DC Wage Theft Prevention Act (the “Act”) goes into effect and imposes several new obligations on Washington, DC employers. The Act makes sweeping changes to notice and recordkeeping...more

Quirky Question #254, Foreign currency fluctuations and expat employees

Question: I am an HR manager working for a US company that sends employees on long term assignment abroad. One of our senior assignees recently rang me to say how worried he is about Greek politics and the potential...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

The Story of the Missing Dollar: (Mis)Applications of the Pay Period Leap Year

When I was a kid, my grandpa (a trained biochemist) used to teach me how to burn things and blow things up with my little home chemistry set. But that’s a story for another time. He also used to tell me a story that I never...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

Cunningham v. Feinberg: Virginia Employers May be Answerable in Maryland Courts for Unpaid Wages

In a case with potential significance for many Virginia employers, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently decided in Cunningham v. Feinberg that the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (“MWPCL”) may be applicable to...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 Wage Board Recommends $7.50 Hourly Wage for Tipped Workers

Under a proposal recommended by the state’s Wage Board on Friday, January 30, 2015, tipped workers in New York state, including restaurant servers and hospitality workers, would have their minimum hourly wage increased to...more

Workers' Compensation Update: "Economic Circumstances" and "Fellow Employee"

One tool available to employers to limit workers' compensation benefit payments is the so called "fellow employee" limitation. In general, absent a full recovery from a work-related injury, an employer is obligated to pay...more

Reminder: Amendments to Illinois Employment Laws Effective 2015

In recent months, we have reported on some significant amendments to Illinois employment laws on the horizon for 2015. Now that 2015—and these new requirements—are in full swing, we thought a brief recap and reminder of two...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

Employer Pay Practices Viewed as Potentially Discriminatory

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected an employer’s argument under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) that a pay differential was justified because a female employee and her male counterparts do not have the same jobs....more

Emergency Legislation to DC’s Wage Theft Law Clarifies That Exempt Employees Are Not Subject to Heightened Recordkeeping...

The D.C. Council has passed emergency legislation to address certain ambiguities in and other issues raised by D.C.’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act, which takes effect on February 26, 2015. As we noted last month, the...more

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