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2016 "Contractor Minimum Wage" Rate Released
Posted on 21 Sep 2015 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2016 wage-rate floor required by President Obama's "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors" Executive Order 13658 . The Order has been implemented through regulations appearing at 29 C.F.R... Read More

May My Company In New York Pay Its Employees In Sweat Equity Instead Of Cash?
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 by cbp

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... Read More

What You Don't Know About the Minimum Wage Will Hurt America
Posted on 7 Aug 2012 by Donna Ballman

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... Read More

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?
Posted on 18 Jan 2013 by David S. Rich

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... Read More

Scranton, PA Becomes Employment Law Ground Zero
Posted on 18 Jul 2012 by Philip Miles

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Cuomo Pushes to Raise NY Minimum Wage
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by State Net

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... Read More

Employers, Don't be too Quick to Take that IRS "Independent Contractor" Deal
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 by Robin Shea

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... Read More

California Considering Minimum Wage Hike
Posted on 2 May 2013 by Robin Largent

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... Read More

Duane Morris Alert: Florida Minimum Wage Is Now Higher Than Federal Minimum
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by Duane Morris LLP

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... Read More

The FLSA “Kick Back” Rule Can Kick You in the Pants
Posted on 4 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Over the Next Three Years, New York Raises the Minimum Wage to $9.00 Per Hour
Posted on 2 May 2013 by David S. Rich

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... Read More

New York Wage Board Recommends $7.50 Hourly Wage for Tipped Workers
Posted on 12 Feb 2015 by Sheppard Mullin

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... Read More

Wages & Hours: Law and Practice
Posted on 13 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Labor & Employment Law Community St

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... Read More

California Court Holds That Piece Rate Workers Must Be Paid at Least Minimum Wage for Non-Piece Rate Work Time
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by Robin Largent

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... Read More