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Massachusetts Increases the Minimum Wage and Reforms Unemployment Insurance

On Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an increase in the state minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017, the highest state minimum wage in the country. Specifically, Massachusetts’ current $8.00 per hour minimum...more

Employers Must Post Updated Minimum Wage Order by July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage increases to $9.00 per hour (from $8.00). It will increase further to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Employers must post the applicable California Department of...more

The Minimum Wage Battle Wages On

With the federal minimum wage remaining at $7.25 since 2009, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wages to amounts higher than the federal rate. ...more

DOL Proposes New Federal Contractor Minimum Wage to Carry Out Executive Order

In February, President Obama signed Executive Order 13,658 increasing the minimum wage for work performed by federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. The Order resulted from the administration’s continuing frustration with...more

Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rules to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers; Federal Contractors Should...

In response to President Obama's Executive Order earlier this year, the Department of Labor has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish standards and procedures for raising the minimum wage paid to...more

DOL Proposes Rule to Establish Higher Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The rule would set the wage at $10.10 for covered contracts beginning in 2015. On June 17, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) formally proposed a new rule to implement Executive Order 13658, which, in February 2014,...more

Your Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13658 (“Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors”), with instructions to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to issue regulations by October 1, 2014...more

One Step Closer to a $10.10 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors: Proposed Rule Implements EO 13658

On June 12, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced a proposed rule raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting on January 1, 2015, for workers on federal service and construction contracts. The...more

Employment Law - June 2014

Appellate Court Tosses Employee’s Seating Suit - Why it matters: An employer won a rare victory in a suitable seating case when a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in a suit brought by a sample...more

Seattle Increases Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour Over Several Years

Seattle, Washington has enacted groundbreaking legislation that, over several years, will phase in a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, the nation’s highest for private employers who do not contract with governmental entities....more

Minimum Wage Groundswell? Seattle, Others Raise Their Statutory Minimum Wage Rates

It’s official. The Seattle City Council has voted to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. Is this the sign of groundswell? ...more

Settlement Between U.S. Department of Labor and Blueberry Growers Vacated

In 2012, the Department of Labor accused Oregon blueberry growers of employing "ghost workers" resulting in minimum wage violations. The DOL then issued what is known as a "hot goods order"...more

Minimum Wage in Michigan Set to Rise Beginning in September

It has been six years since Michigan last saw any increase in the minimum wage. But yesterday, both houses of the Michigan Legislature passed a compromise deal that would see the minimum wage gradually raised over time until...more

Philadelphia Mayor Raises Minimum Wage for City Contractors and Subcontractors

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed an executive order that will increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour for individuals working for employers who contract with the City, where the individual’s work arises...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2014

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace - In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice Group to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. In This...more

What Screams Summer Fun in California? How ‘Bout California’s July 2014 Minimum Wage Increase?

Beach towel – check, sunscreen – check, beach tunes playlist – check, make sure the company complies with California’s July 2014 minimum wage increase – che…wait, what?! You ask, “how is it possible that a California...more

Ongoing Confusion About Tips, Even From The White House

Recently, I explained that revising the FLSA regulations will not be easy, and highlighted tip credits as one such area in particular. In my last post, I discussed yet another case involving the miscalculation of wages for...more

Minnesota Passes Law Raising Minimum Wage

On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation that will increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016. With the passage of the new minimum wage law, Minnesota becomes the fifth state this year to raise its...more

Obama Administration Expected To Expand Wage And Hour Protections, Disclosures For Federal Contractors' Employees

Recently, we told you about President Obama’s Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to announce that he will sign two new...more

Alert: West Virginia House Bill 4283 Raises Minimum Wage and Has Unintended Consequences

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill ("HB") 4283 into law yesterday, April 1, 2014. The bill will raise West Virginia's minimum wage incrementally, from $7.25 per hour to $8 per hour on January 1, 2015,...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase

Increasing the minimum wage and reforming the unemployment insurance (“UI”) system in Massachusetts are the two major employment issues facing the 2013–2014 Legislature, which comes to a close on July 31, 2014. The Senate and...more

President Obama Plans To Sign Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage For Some Federal Contract Workers

Executive Summary: President Obama announced in his State of the Union address on January 28 that he plans to sign an Executive Order requiring that workers on new federal contracts be paid at least $10.10 per hour, well...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

Getting Down To Business: Highlights Of New California Employment Laws

With the start of the new year, it is the perfect time for employers to ensure that their policies reflect the changes in California law. We covered many of the laws affecting employers in our “California Legislative Update...more

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