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Minimum Wage

The Fight for 15: Montgomery County, Maryland, Raises the Bar

Montgomery County, Maryland, has approved Bill 28-17, which increases the countywide minimum wage from $11.50 to $15.00. The nine-member Montgomery County Council voted unanimously in support of the bill on November 7, 2017,...more

Are "Draws" Against Commissions Unlawful "Kick-Backs"?

by Fisher Phillips on

Media reports have mistakenly suggested that a recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) found the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit recouping a draw or...more

2018 Minimum Wage Rate Increases: Are You Ready?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour since 2009. In the absence of an increase to the federal minimum wage, an increasing number of states, cities, and other municipalities have enacted statutes...more

New York Proposes New “Call-In” Pay and Scheduling Requirements

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

Employers in New York will be subject to new “call-in” pay and scheduling requirements under recently-proposed state Regulations. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced these proposed Regulations, which the New York State...more

National Appliance And Electronics Retailer’s Sales Commission Policy Was Lawful – For The Most Part, Sixth Circuit Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In what may be viewed as a pyrrhic victory, now-defunct[1] “big box” electronics, appliance and furniture retailer hhgregg’s commission-with-draws compensation program generally was lawful under the FLSA, the Sixth Circuit...more

New York State to Address Employee Scheduling

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City’s Fair Workweek Law takes effect on November 26, 2017, thereby limiting the scheduling options and reducing the flexibility of retail and fast food employers. Not to be outdone, New York State is about to add...more

Could Labor Law Waivers Foster Legislative Change And Spur The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

It is no secret that labor laws have been unable to keep pace with the changing economy. Recently, however, it appears the effort to spur change has been resuscitated, as proposals come in from the left (former SIEU head...more

Client Alert: Florida Minimum Wage to Increase in 2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that, effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.10 per hour to $8.25. Employers may pay their properly tipped employees a lower rate of...more

Montgomery County Council Approves Increase In Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

On November 7, 2017, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 for employers with more than 50 employees (the “Bill”). Mid-size businesses, with 11...more

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

by Fisher Phillips on

While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

New York 13 Hour Rule

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) adopted an emergency temporary regulation on October 6, 2017 to address home care aides who work shifts of 24 hours or more. This action comes amidst much anxiety in the industry...more

What Can You Get for $535?

by Fisher Phillips on

An expensive lawsuit. Let’s say you have a service advisor who is paid $525 per week, plus commissions. The service advisor makes a blatant and careless mistake on a customer invoice, costing your dealership $535. The...more

Emergency New York Department of Labor Amendment Attempts to Clarify Pay Requirements for Home Health Care Workers

by Hogan Lovells on

The home health care industry has been buffeted in the past year by almost constant winds of change and conflicting guidance. Home health care agencies, which provide crucial live-in aides to New York’s most vulnerable,...more

The Minimum Wage in 2018: A Rates-Only Update

by Littler on

Minimum wage laws can impact businesses of all sizes, whether operating nationwide, in multiple jurisdictions, or only in one city, county, or state. To help manage this challenge, we are publishing a rates-only update so...more

New Jersey Update: What Phil Murphy’s Election Could Mean for Employers and Employees

Yesterday, Democrat Phil Murphy won the race for New Jersey governor, easily defeating Republican Kim Guadagno. Democrats also retained their majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly....more

Court Grants Summary Judgment For Employer In Tip Credit Collective Action

by BakerHostetler on

With scores of collective actions being filed every month and many courts willing to issue conditional certification on even very weak claims, it’s easy to forget that, yes, it’s important for there to be a claim in the first...more

The Federal Overtime Rule Stalls and State Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules Rev Up

As we previously reported, a federal district judge’s invalidation of the Obama-era overtime rules – which proposed a sharp increase in the salary threshold for exempt employees, expanding overtime pay to millions of workers...more

3rd Circuit Rules Employers Must Pay for Short Breaks

A recent case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals serves as an important reminder that employers must pay workers for short breaks. The opinion by Judge McKee in Secretary United States Department of Labor v. American...more

No Pay to Sleep or Eat on the Job: New York State Department of Labor Issues an Emergency Regulation for Home Care Workers

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The New York State Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued an emergency regulation clarifying its minimum-wage rules regarding home care employees. The emergency regulation provides that sleep and meal times for home care...more

Fall In Florida Means Increase In State Minimum Wage

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It is pumpkin spike latte time here in Florida which is one of the only signs of fall with our tropical weather. Fall also is time for Florida employers to pay attention to the new 2018 Florida minimum wage. As of January...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (October Edition)

by Littler on

As darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close[r] at hand for employers to revise their pay practices to ensure compliance with 2018 minimum wage rate changes. Hospitality industry employers may receive from...more

Just A Tip: DOL One Step Closer To Rescinding Tip Pooling Regulation

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Good news for restaurant employers: the regulation that says tips belong to the employee – regardless of whether the employer takes the tip credit or pays the full minimum wage — may soon be history. Last week, the Department...more

USDOL's Proposed Tip-Pooling Modification Sent To OMB

by Fisher Phillips on

Oct. 26, 2017 by The Editor The U.S. Department of Labor has taken the next step toward rescinding the prior administration's 2011 regulatory position that an employer may not retain any of an employee's tips even if...more

Employer Can Use Draw-On-Commissions but Cannot Require Repayment Upon Termination

On October 12, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals partially approved and partially rejected an unusual pay plan designed to satisfy federal minimum wage requirements. In Stein v. HHGregg, Inc., the employer placed retail...more

DOL Confirms To OMB It Will Reverse Course On Yet Another Controversial Regulation, New Rule Will Reduce Restrictions On Tip...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In recent years, one significant issue that has plagued industries employing tipped employees is whether the employers must ensure that tipped employees retain all of their tips even if the company is not using the employee’s...more

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