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Wages & Hours: Law and Practice

Wages & Hours: Law and Practice covers all aspects of federal and state laws governing minimum wage, overtime, and child labor standards. It focuses on the federal wage-hour statutory scheme, including laws regulating work under government procurement contracts and federally assisted projects, plus...

Duane Morris Alert: Florida Minimum Wage Is Now Higher Than Federal Minimum

Florida's minimum wage rose to $7.31 per hour, effective June 1, 2011. The increase is a result of a recent lawsuit- Cadet v. Fla. Agency for Workforce Innovation -filed in Leon County Circuit Court where the judge ruled that the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation had miscalculated the minimum...

Employers, Don't be too Quick to Take that IRS "Independent Contractor" Deal

Don't eat that pretty red apple, Snow White!!! It has poison in it!!!! You know the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is"? Well, it appears that this may be the case with the new "sweet deal" the Internal Revenue Service is offering to employers who...

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May My Company In New York Pay Its Employees In Sweat Equity Instead Of Cash?

Many individual owners of closely held businesses want to hire an employee for the business, but lack the cash flow to do so. Periodically, owners of a cash-strapped, closely held business in New York, who want the business to hire a worker, will ask me whether, instead of paying the worker the minimum...

What Does Independence Day Really Mean?

To most of us, the 4 th of July means a day off from work spent with family and friends, perhaps going to a parade, having a barbeque or watching fireworks. But Independence Day signifies so much more. It not only honors the birthday of our country, but the adoption of the Declaration of Independence...

Scranton, PA Becomes Employment Law Ground Zero

Scranton, PA is perhaps best known as the hometown of the fictional company Dunder Mifflin from The Office . It's actually a real town, and I have found that it has a certain charm. Recently, Scranton has drawn enormous media attention because its mayor cut all city employees' pay to minimum...

What You Don't Know About the Minimum Wage Will Hurt America

I bet you don't think about the minimum wage very much, unless you're one of the folks trying to live on it. There's a move afoot to raise the minimum wage, and you should support it. It's in everyone's best interest to make sure working Americans make a living wage. Senator Tom Harkin...

Does an Employer in New York Receive Credit Toward the Minimum Wage for the Value of an Apartment Furnished to an Employee in a Residential Building?

In New York City, it is common for the owner of a residential building to furnish the building's superintendent and the superintendent's family with an apartment to live in, rent free. This practice raises the question: In New York State, does an employer receive credit toward the minimum...

California Court Holds That Piece Rate Workers Must Be Paid at Least Minimum Wage for Non-Piece Rate Work Time

In early April, a California court issued a published decision holding that an employer who employs piece rate employees must compensate those employees at the piece rate for all piece rate work and at a rate of at least the minimum wage for each hour of non-piece rate work. It is not sufficient...

California Considering Minimum Wage Hike

California's Legislature is considering AB10 this session, which would increase California's minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $8.25 per hour next year, to $8.75 per hour in 2015, and to $9.25 per hour in 2016. Beginning in 2017 and thereafter, the minimum wage would be automatically...

Over the Next Three Years, New York Raises the Minimum Wage to $9.00 Per Hour

On March 29, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, N.Y. State Senate Bill S02607D , N.Y. State Assembly Bill No. A03007D ("the Act"). The Act includes a provision, Part P, which, over a period of three years, raises New York State's...

The FLSA “Kick Back” Rule Can Kick You in the Pants

by Mark G. Jeffries I recently had a client ask if the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) required him to reimburse employees for mileage for using their own vehicles to drive to and from mandatory training. Although many employers reimburse their employees for the employees’ use of their personal...

New York Wage Board Recommends $7.50 Hourly Wage for Tipped Workers

by Ryan Duffy 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 $7.50 per hour before tips. If approved by the commissioner...

State Net Capitol Journal: Cuomo Pushes to Raise NY Minimum Wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) kicked off a statewide tour last week to promote his plan to raise the Empire State minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, which he said would lift 100,000 workers out of poverty and produce a $3 billion annual boost to the state’s economy. Cuomo signed legislation...