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District of Columbia Passes Minimum Wage Increase

Earlier this week, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a measure to increase the minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 per hour. Mayor Muriel Bowser has already pledged to sign the measure when it reaches her desk later this summer. Under the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (B21-712), the minimum wage … Continue Reading

New York Minimum Wage to Reach $15 Per Hour

On March 31, 2016, lawmakers in Albany announced a budget agreement that would raise New York City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 for employers with at least eleven employees. Elsewhere in the state, the minimum wage will also rise, but more slowly. The minimum wage on Long Island and … Continue Reading

College Athletes Not University Employees, Says Federal District Court

On February 16, 2016, a federal district court in Indiana held that former athletes at the University of Pennsylvania were not university employees entitled to the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The plaintiffs—former track and field athletes at Penn—brought collective action claims against Penn, the NCAA, and more than 100 other colleges … Continue Reading

New Jersey Introduces Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour by Constitutional Amendment

On February 11, 2016, New Jersey State Senate President Steven Sweeney, D-Gloucester, formally introduced legislation for a ballot referendum that would authorize an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Senator Sweeney was joined by State Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Mercer, and 17 additional co-sponsors in … Continue Reading

NJ Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Today in Trenton, New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and State Senator Ray Lesniak proposed a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 for all New Jersey workers.  New Jersey’s minimum wage was last raised by Constitutional Amendment in 2014, with a mandate for an automatic yearly increase … Continue Reading

Governor Cuomo Will Seek Increase to Minimum Wage

Governor Cuomo announced Sunday that he will propose raising the minimum wage in New York State to $10.50 per hour and in New York City to $11.50 by 2016.  As previously reported in the New York Times, the Governor had rejected the notion that municipalities could raise the minimum wage on their own but later reversed his position.  His new … Continue Reading

The Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law in 2014

2014 was another busy year for developments in New Jersey employment law, including in ten key areas—whistleblowing, pre-employment inquiries/background checks, amendments to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”), LAD litigation, wage and hour, the Family Medical Leave Act, sick leave, states of emergency, arbitration, and “unemployment discrimination.”  Read our Top 10 newsletter to learn more about … Continue Reading

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $8.38 in the New Year

Due to to an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), New Jersey’s minimum wage will rise to $8.38 per hour starting January 1, 2015.  This is the second consecutive year that the state’s minimum wage will increase.  Per our prior client alert, last year New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment that increased the … Continue Reading

D.C. Council Passes “Emergency” Amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

As we noted in our blog post last month, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act.  As detailed in our post and related client alert, the D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”) significantly expands D.C. employers’ obligations to employees, including comprehensive new … Continue Reading

Four States and Two Cities Hike Their Minimum Wage Rates

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 to increase their states’ minimum wage rates on Tuesday.  In addition, … Continue Reading

D.C. Prepares a Holiday “Gift” for Employers – the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray quietly signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act which will likely take effect in mid-December 2014 – just in time for the holidays.  The amended Act will significantly expand D.C. employers’ obligations to employees, including comprehensive new pay notice requirements for all existing employees and new hires going … Continue Reading

DOL Delays Home Care Rule Enforcement

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently announced that it will delay bringing enforcement actions against employers who violate the new minimum wage and overtime requirements imposed by the home care regulations that take effect on January 1, 2015.  The controversial rule, announced on September 17, 2013, extends federal minimum wage and … Continue Reading

Nine More States, One City, and a Territory Increase Minimum Wage

Continuing a growing national trend, Minnesota, West Virginia, Maryland, Hawaii, Vermont, Michigan, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Guam, and the city of Seattle recentlyenacted laws raising the minimum wage in their respective jurisdictions. This client alert highlights key provisions of these new laws and examines the implications for covered employers. Minnesota Minnesota’s minimum wage will gradually … Continue Reading

New Mexico Law Requires Employers to Post Human Trafficking Poster

New Mexico’s governor recently signed a law mandating that, no later than July 1, 2014, employers subject to the state’s Minimum Wage Act conspicuously display in their facilities a poster on human trafficking. Read this alert to learn more about the new posting requirements.   Read the full text of this alert.  … Continue Reading

Connecticut Moves Toward Highest Minimum Wage of Any State in the Country

On March 27, 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that is poised to make Connecticut’s minimum wage the highest of any state in the nation by 2017. Employers should read this alert to ensure compliance with the new minimum wage rates once they take effect.   Read the full text of this alert.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Employers Must Display Two Updated Posters

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“Department”) recently updated two of the posters that employers must conspicuously display in the workplace. The first updated poster—the New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law Abstract—reflects the increase in the state minimum wage to $8.25 per hour. The second updated poster concerning Unemployment and Disability … Continue Reading

Will New Jersey Raise the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers?

On March 24, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A857) that, should it become law, would raise dramatically the state’s minimum wage for tipped workers.  Currently, New Jersey employees who receive tips or gratuities must be compensated at no less than the minimum federal tip credited hourly wage of $2.13.  Under … Continue Reading

New Jersey Raises Minimum Wage by Constitutional Amendment

A constitutional amendment to raise the New Jersey minimum wage to $8.25 per hour, starting on January 1, 2014, was overwhelmingly approved by voters on November 5, 2013 (by a 61 percent to 39 percent margin). The amendment further mandates an automatic yearly increase based on the Consumer Price Index beginning on September 30, 2014. … Continue Reading
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