Category Archives: Minimum wage

State Actions Reshaping Minimum Wage Debate

A wave of state minimum wage increases and proposed bills is reshaping efforts to raise the federal minimum wage. Dozens of states have taken up minimum wage bills over the last year, with five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota…

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Obama to Unveil Higher Minimum Wages for Federal Contractors in State of the Union

In tonight’s State of the Union Address President Obama will announce an increase in the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour and he will call on Congress to pass a proposed similar wage increase for all workers….

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2014 Minimum Wage Increases Loom in More than a Dozen States

Annual minimum wage increases kick in on Jan. 1, 2014, giving employers in many states just a few short weeks to get payroll practices in order before new minimum wage requirements take effect. As of press time, minimum wages in…

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Strategies for Coping With a Wage and Hour Audit

Thousands of employers get a figurative knock-on-the-door each year from an investigator from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. WHD is the agency responsible for enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act,…

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FLSA’s Emergency Exemption May Apply to Some Boston Employees

Emergency situations — such as the April 15 explosions during the Boston Marathon — can result in employees performing multiple job duties. For example, a store manager may have spent time cleaning up glass and debris in and around the…

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7th Circuit: Successor Must Pay $500K for Previous Owner’s FLSA Violations

A successor employer could not escape paying a $500,000 damages award for the previous owner’s Fair Labor Standards Act violations.  The case, Teed et al. v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions LLC, Nos. 12-2440, 12-3029 (7th Cir. March 26, 2013),…

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12 States Trying to Beat Feds to the Gate on Higher Minimum Wages

As the federal minimum wage debate heats up, the real challenge for employers could be at the state level, if a dozen pending measures to increase state minimum wages gain traction. The proposals share DNA with federal measures being pushed…

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Key Wage-and-hour Language to Have in Your Employee Handbook

To prevent the consequences from imprecise employee handbook language,  employers should regularly review their handbooks and written policies. Since wage and hour lawsuits make up a significant part of  litigation, W&H provisions can make a difference as you draft or…

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FLSA Lawsuits Show Steep Learning Curve for Employers Offering Unpaid Internships

Employers using unpaid interns need to be wary as lawsuits challenging the structure of these unpaid jobs continue to crop up. In recent years, several high-profile lawsuits — primarily in the publishing and entertainment industries — have highlighted the exposure…

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A Dollar by Any Other Name Must Still Equal Minimum Wage

Some employers don’t just need to know the federal wage-and-hour rules — they also need to know the currency exchange rate if they pay workers in a non-U.S. currency. Paying workers in a foreign currency is acceptable under the Fair…

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