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Minimum Wage Increases Now in Effect

Nothing says Happy Holidays like a pay raise! Here is a summary of some of the states and localities with significant increases in their minimum wage rates as of January 1, 2018. California Effective January 1, 2018, the...more

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

by Littler on

2017 may be so last year, but minimum wage and overtime developments in its final month may forecast what types of measures we will see in 2018. And employers should remember that as of January 1, 2018, state and local...more

New York Rings In New Year With Wage & Hour Presents: A Preview Of Upcoming Changes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While the federal minimum wage for non-exempt employees has remained unchanged at $7.25 per hour since 2009, and the federal salary level for exempt employees has been stymied in litigation and rulemaking since 2014, New York...more

Here We Come A Waiver-ing: 2017 Year In Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and the WH-L-PG Contemplated the wage-hour year lyrically; We considered the issues our readers would most like to savor And decided the tastiest one was class waiver....more

Reminder: Michigan's Minimum Wage Increases to $9.25/Hour

by Miller Canfield on

In May 2014, Michigan enacted a law that gradually increases the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by January 1, 2018. On Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum hourly wage for employees will increase by 35 cents, from $8.90 to...more

Department of Labor Seeks to Loosen Reins on Restaurant Industry By Rescinding Regulation of Certain Tip Pooling Practices

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Earlier this year, in “Restaurant Industry Headed To U.S. Supreme Court Over Tipping Practices”, I wrote about the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) 2011 Regulation related to restaurant tip distribution practices and its journey...more

Michigan Minimum Wage to Increase From $8.90 to $9.25

Effective January 1, 2018, the Michigan minimum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour. This is the last of the scheduled increases under Public Act 138 of 2014. ...more

NY Governor Signals “Tipping” Point Over Elimination Of Minimum Wage Tip Credit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Commissioner of Labor to schedule public hearings to address the possibility of eliminating the tip credit. A tip credit allows an employer to pay less than minimum...more

Governor Cuomo Contemplating Elimination Of Tip Credit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers in New York currently are permitted to pay tipped workers a direct cash wage that is below the State minimum wage and take a “credit” for some of the tips received by employees to satisfy the difference between the...more

The DOL Serves Up a Major Overhaul of its Tip-Sharing Regulations

by BakerHostetler on

Citing a “significant amount of private litigation,” recent changes in state wage laws, and “independent and serious concerns” of public policy, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to rescind an Obama-era rule...more

DOL Proposes Repeal of Obama-Era Tip Credit Rule

Last week, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division proposed repealing a controversial regulation affecting employers in the hospitality industry. The regulation interpreted a provision of the Fair Labor...more

Explanation of the DOL's Proposed Rules on Tips

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

There’s been plenty of press regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rules governing employer treatment of tips. Commentators are debating whether the proposed changes are a sensible return to the four corners of...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017#2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

A state senator in Pennsylvania has reportedly announced plans to introduce a bill that would bar any municipality in the state from levying a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). If enacted, the bill could invalidate the...more

Are We at a “Tipping” Point for Wrongful Discharge Claims in Minnesota?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A bartender is told by his employer, in violation of state law, that he must share tips with other employees. He refuses to comply and is fired. The state law in question says he can sue for being required to share tips, but...more

Update: Tip Pooling by Restaurant Owners Remains in Flux

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This past April, we reported on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld a 2011 Department of Labor (“DOL”) rule that prohibits restaurants from instituting tip-pooling arrangements that include both front-of-house staff...more

DOL's Proposed Rule Change to Give Employers Increased Flexibility to Distribute or Retain Tips from Employees Earning the Full...

by FordHarrison on

On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reverse the Obama Administration’s tip rule prohibiting the distribution of tips to anyone other than the...more

Labor Department Proposes Reversing Obama-Era ‘Tip-Pooling’ Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers would be expressly permitted to require servers and other tip-earning employees to share their tips with employees working in the kitchen and other “back of the house” employee, but only when the employer does not...more

USDOL Seeks To Narrow Tip-Retention Prohibition

by Fisher Phillips on

We have previously written about the U.S. Department of Labor's position adopted in 2011 saying that an employer may not retain any of an employee's tips even if management: • Takes no tip-credit under the federal Fair...more

New York State’s Minimum Wage and Tip Credits Will Increase Effective December 31, 2017

As we have previously reported, New York State’s Minimum Wage Orders set forth a schedule that provides for the automatic annual increase of, among other things, the salary basis thresholds for overtime exempt employees, the...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule to Rescind 2011 Regulations that Impose Tip-Sharing Restrictions on Employers that Pay the Full Federal...

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule to rescind the Department’s position that employers must comply with tip-pooling requirements even when paying the full minimum wage. ...more

The DOL Proposes to Cut Tip-Pooling Restrictions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing new rules that would provide some employers with more flexibility to count tips toward the federal minimum wage—particularly important for hospitality industry businesses such...more

Tip-Pooling Expansion on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed to roll back regulations enacted in 2011 that limited tip-pooling arrangements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rule was published December 5 in the...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule to Rescind 2011 Regulations that Impose Tip-Sharing Restrictions on Employers that Pay the Full Federal...

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule to rescind the Department’s position that employers must comply with tip-pooling requirements even when paying the full minimum wage. ...more

Department Of Labor’s Wage And Hour Division Proposes To Nix Unpopular Tip Pooling Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Monday, the DOL issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing rescission of a rule that regulates tip pooling by employers who do not take the tip credit. The DOL has issued a Notice of Proposed...more

DOL Proposing New Tip Credit Regulations

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On December 4, 2017, the U. S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the tip credit regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed new regulation will be published today,...more

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