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Government Contracts Increasingly Further Labor-Policy Goals

This past year, the federal government implemented a variety of rules requiring that its contractors meet certain fair-labor requirements. For example, a federal rule finalized in September requires federal contractors to...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

Last week, outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released a farewell “Memorandum to the American People.” It mostly reads as a recap of the DOL’s news releases over the past several years, touting various DOL initiatives...more

Why Learning How to Count to 26 Just Became Important: Recent Changes to California and Local Minimum Wage Laws

Recently California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) issued an FAQ concerning 2016 legislative changes that impact the state minimum wage in 2017 and future years. The most notable change was the creation of...more

Minimum Wages Climb

Workers will now receive higher minimum wages mandated by state law in 19 states, effective this month. Florida’s minimum wage increased to $8.10 an hour from $8.05 an hour, effective January 1. Tipped employees in Florida...more

Major Changes to New York Overtime and Minimum Wage Regulations to Take Effect on December 31, 2016

As of December 31, 2016, employers wishing to claim an administrative or executive exemption to New York State’s overtime regulations must raise each exempt employee’s salary threshold to $727.50-$825.00 per week, depending...more

Effective January 1, 2017: New Federal Contractor Paycheck Transparency, Independent Contractor Notice, and Paid Sick Leave...

On January 1, 2017, new federal contract paycheck transparency, independent contractor notification, and paid sick leave requirements go into effect.  Below we summarize the key elements of these new regulatory requirements....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2016

Last month, the IRS issued final regulations repealing its rule requiring that a Form 1099-C be filed whenever a financial institution (or certain other limited taxpayers) fails to receive payment on a debt for 36 consecutive...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

Federal Overtime Rule Injunction Calls for State-Level Attention

Many businesses let out a sigh of relief after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements for exempt executive,...more

Employment Law Changes in the Trump Administration

When Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will enjoy Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, which should allow him to take quick action on a number of employment law issues. Although there issome...more

NY State Prepared to Increase Salary Level for Certain Overtime Exceptions

Proposed amendments to the New York State Wage Orders significantly increase the salary levels needed for employers to qualify for the executive and administrative exceptions under the New York Labor Law....more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

Penn Students Seek Rehearing, DOL Files Brief in OT Rules Appeal

Just a quick update on a couple of our recent stories for you wage and hour litigation junkies: Back on December 5, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a case in which two former...more

Puerto Rico Employers Cannot Withhold Income Taxes for Christmas Bonuses of $600 or Less

Pursuant to the current income tax withholding rules issued by the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury, there are specific income tax withholding rules applicable when a Christmas bonus is paid, which differ from those...more

The Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Will Ban Employers From Asking Prospective Employees About Their Past Wages and Fringe Benefits

On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed a Wage Equity Bill that prohibits employers from asking about a prospective employee’s wage and fringe benefits history. The Bill has been publicly supported by...more

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

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