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New York Tip Law Update: Subminimum Wage for Tipped Employees Will Increase to $7.50 per Hour on December 31, 2015

On February 24, 2015, New York State Acting Commissioner of Labor Mario J. Musolino issued an order (“Order”) increasing the subminimum cash wage for all tipped workers in the hospitality industry from the current $5.00...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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

Alert: 2015 Minimum Compensation Rates

Employers should review compensation rates for both exempt and nonexempt employees, to ensure compliance with current legal thresholds. Set forth below are rates at the federal level, and for the states and localities that...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

Arizona's Minimum Wage Will Increase On January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Arizona minimum wage will increase from $7.90 to $8.05 per hour. ...more

Wage Exemption Amount for Restraining Notices and Levies under New York State Law to Increase to $2,100 as of December 31, 2014

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

Chicago Approves Ordinance to Increase the Minimum Wage

The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance (“Ordinance”) to increase the city’s minimum wage to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, with successive increases to $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016; $11.00 per hour on July 1,...more

New Jersey Department of Labor Amends Minimum Wage Regulations

The New Jersey Department of Labor amended N.J.A.C. 12:56-3.1 to reflect the recent amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that raised the minimum wage to $8.25 and created yearly increases to the minimum wage tied to the...more

Four States and Two Cities Hike Their Minimum Wage Rates

Somewhat overlooked in this week’s election were the minimum wage referenda on the ballots in a number of states. Continuing a growing national trend, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota approved proposals...more

Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes In San Francisco And Oakland

On Tuesday, San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted to raise the City’s minimum wage to $15.00 over the next few years. The San Francisco current minimum wage of $10.74 is already higher than both the federal minimum wage of...more

Wage and Hour 2014 Election Results Roundup: Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Big Winners

Before the election, we talked about minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives on the rise, including some important ballot issues. With most of the results tallied, it appears that the Republicans weren’t the only big...more

It's Official: $10.10 Minimum Wage For Government Contractors

The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) published final regulations implementing President Obama’s Executive Order, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on government contracts. The new minimum wage will take...more

New York City Expands Living Wage Law for City Contractors

As we covered in a recent blog post on the living wage requirements for city contractors, on September 30, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order that: (1) raises New York City’s “living wage”...more

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

On October 16, 2014, the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) announced an increase to Arizona’s minimum wage. Effective January 1, 2015, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $8.05 per hour. This 15 cent increase over...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law...more

Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2014 #2

SBA Data Shows Large Firms are Nabbing Contracts Reserved for Small Businesses - Federal procurement data show that large companies, including leading defense contractors, last year received millions of dollars in...more

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