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New Jersey Increases Minimum Wage to $8.25 Per Hour, Will Increase Annually Based on Inflation
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by David S. Rich

On November 5, 2013, New Jersey residents voted , by a tally of 61% to 38%, to approve an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution (the “New Jersey Constitution” or the “State Constitution”) increasing the State’s minimum... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Minimum Wage Just One Issue Washington Has Left to the States
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 by State Net

by Lou Cannon More than four years ago Congress passed President Obama's health care proposal, the Affordable Care Act, on party lines. Whether one favors it or not, Obamacare is a momentous measure. But as far as other major legislation is concerned... Read More

New York City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto Of Living Wage Statute
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 by David S. Rich

On June 28, 2012, the New York City Council, by a vote of 46 to 5, overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, Local Law 37 of 2012 (the "New York City Fair Wages Act," the "Fair Wages Act," the... Read More

Are My Company’s Workers In New York Employees Or Independent Contractors For Purposes Of Overtime Pay And The Minimum Wage?
Posted on 27 Apr 2011 by David S. Rich

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219 (the "FLSA"), and its implementing regulations, 29 C.F.R. § 510 et seq. , mandate that most employees in the United States be paid at least the... Read More

Over the Next Three to Six Years, New York Raises the Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers to $15.00 Per Hour
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by David S. Rich

On September 10, 2015, acting New York State Commissioner of Labor Mario J. Musolino signed an order (the “Wage Order” or the “Order”) which (1), over a period of three years, raises New York City’s minimum wage for fast... Read More

Push to Raise Minimum Wage Picking Up Momentum
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by State Net

by Rich Ehisen Frustrated by a lack of success on the federal level, advocates for raising the minimum wage have in recent years instead focused their energies on states and specific cities around the nation. Those efforts have proven far more fruitful... Read More

Law Increases Penalties Against Employers In New York Which Don’t Pay Overtime Pay, Minimum Wage, Or Other Wages
Posted on 27 Dec 2010 by David S. Rich

On December 14, 2010, New York State Governor David Paterson signed into law the Wage Theft Protection Act, A. 11726/S. 8380 (the "Act"). The Act substantially increases civil and criminal penalties against employers which break New York's... Read More

“The Devil Made Me Do It” Is Not a Defense to Insidious Wage-and-Hour Violations
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Jon Hyman

Late last week, the Department of Labor announced that it had filed a wage-and-hour lawsuit against Akron, Ohio, televangelist Ernest Angley and the for-profit buffet his church operates. The allegations are, to put it mildly, ugly. From : ... Read More