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New York’s Fast Food Wage Board Confirms: $15/Hour

In a televised meeting this afternoon, New York’s recently-convened Fast Food Wage Board confirmed industry employers’ fears and announced its unanimous recommendation that the wage for “fast food employees” in “fast food establishments” be increased to $15/hour by December 31, 2018 in New York City and by July 1, 2021 in the rest of New… Continue Reading

Manhattan Federal Court: Financial Firm Retained Discretion to Award or Not Award Bonus

As we recently noted in our discussion of Massachusetts law, incentive compensation has the potential to become “wages” protected by state labor law once it is “earned.” However, when an employer conveys to the employee that it retains discretion to award or not award incentive compensation in any specific amount, such potential incentive compensation (whether… Continue Reading

New York Introduces Regulations Concerning Use of Payroll Debit Cards

Like many states before it, New York today published new proposed regulations to provide “clarification and specification as to the permissible methods of payment [in New York], including [the use of] payroll debit cards.”  The proposed regulations require voluntary consent from employees paid pursuant to such a program, and set minimum program requirements for feeless… Continue Reading

New York “Fast Food Wage Board” Formally Convened

Responding to the Governor’s directive, Acting State Labor Commission Mario J. Musolino has empaneled a Wage Board to recommend a minimum wage increase for the fast food industry. Commissioner Musolino issued a determination regarding the inadequacy of the current minimum wage which states, “I am of the opinion that a substantial number of fast food… Continue Reading

New York AG Schneiderman Introduces Pay Card Legislation

Following his investigation of the issue, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week proposed the Payroll Card Act, which would require employers: To permit employees to elect whether to be paid through a payroll card, direct deposit, or to receive a paper check; To provide notice of payroll card program terms and conditions, including… Continue Reading

New York Wage Board Issues Recommendation Regarding Tip Credit

Completing its task assigned by former Commissioner of Labor Peter Rivera, the current New York Wage Board has issued its recommended findings to the Commissioner with respect to tip credit issues.  Most importantly for hospitality employers – an industry sector which includes many small, low-margin businesses – if approved by the Commissioner, the available tip… Continue Reading

Vote To Eliminate Tip Credit In New York Fails

As reported by our colleagues at the New York State Restaurant Association, the current Wage Board, convened to examine the state of the tip credit under New York law, today voted on, but ultimately rejected, a motion to eliminate the tip credit entirely.  Tip credits under federal and state wage laws permit an employer to… Continue Reading

NY Legislature, Governor Cuomo Reach Agreement On Repeal of Annual Wage Notice

Business advocacy groups advise that the New York Legislature and Governor Cuomo have reached agreement on the Legislature’s already-passed legislation repealing the Wage Theft Prevention Act’s annual notice requirement.  Indeed, the Legislature’s web site confirms that S.5885-B has been delivered to the Governor.  Business groups believe a “chapter amendment” will be forthcoming in January, modifying… Continue Reading

With WTPA Amendments In Limbo, New York Employers Must Prepare for Another Round of “Those (Annual) Notices”

Despite passage in June by both chambers of the New York State Legislature, legislation repealing the 2011 Wage Theft Prevention Act’s “annual wage notice” has yet to take effect.  In fact, as of this writing, Governor Cuomo has not been presented with the bill for signature.  Because the legislation only takes effect 60 days after… Continue Reading

NYS Commissioner of Labor Issues Official Wage Board Charge

On Monday, New York Commissioner of Labor Peter Rivera formally issued his Charge to the recently convened 2014 Wage Board.  The Charge, available here, asks the Board to answer the following question: What modifications, if any, should be made to the required cash wage rates and the allowable credits for tips, meals, and lodging, for… Continue Reading

Manhattan Restaurant Prevails On Wage-and-Hour Claims Following Trial

Demoralized by the attendant costs of litigation and a shifting compliance environment in numerous jurisdictions, many hospitality industry employers have resolved wage-and-hour lawsuits brought in New York City and elsewhere over the last number of years.  Bucking this trend, one such employer recently successfully defended its wage practices at trial.  Mendez v. Int’l Food House,… Continue Reading

New York Legislature’s Second “Fair Play Act” Enacted to Cover Commercial Goods Transportation Industry

On the heels of similar legislation passed in 2010 for the construction industry, and consistent with the state’s continuing focus on alleged misclassification of service providers as independent contractors, the New York state legislature recently passed the Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, N.Y. Labor Law § 862 et seq.  This legislation creates a “presumption of… Continue Reading

Second Circuit To Issue Important Guidance On Legal Standards Applicable To Unpaid Interns

Recognizing the need to provide clarity to the business community in light of voluminous litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently agreed to hear appeals in the Fox and Hearst intern cases.  Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., Case Number 13-2467, 11/26/13.  The Court will examine the different legal tests and… Continue Reading

New York’s New Miscellaneous Wage Order Tip Credit Provision to Impact Businesses Such As Car Washes and Salons

As discussed in greater detail here, the New York State Department of Labor’s revised Wage Orders, which were published in the administrative record on October 9, 2013 and set to become final by the time New York’s December 31 minimum wage hike becomes effective, implement a number of changes to the pay requirements and credits… Continue Reading

New York Department of Labor Provides Draft Wage Orders Implementing Minimum Wage Increase

The legislation setting forth a schedule for increasing New York’s minimum wage has numerous implications for the New York employer community. On October 9, 2013, the Department of Labor published proposed amended Wage Orders for all industries which are effective as of December 31, 2013.  The changes to the minimum wage implicate many facets of employee… Continue Reading