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Are My Company’s Workers In New York Employees Or Independent Contractors For Purposes Of Overtime Pay And The Minimum Wage?

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 federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours...

New Jersey Increases Minimum Wage to $8.25 Per Hour, Will Increase Annually Based on Inflation

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 wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour...

State Net Capitol Journal: Minimum Wage Just One Issue Washington Has Left to the States

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, Washington has rarely been heard from since...

Push to Raise Minimum Wage Picking Up Momentum

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: while the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per...

“The Devil Made Me Do It” Is Not a Defense to Insidious Wage-and-Hour Violations

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 Ohio.com : • Defendants improperly treated certain workers...

Over the Next Three to Six Years, New York Raises the Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers to $15.00 Per Hour

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 food employees from $8.75 per hour to $15.00 per hour...