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Remaining In Minimum Wage Vanguard, Seattle Announces Minimum Wage Increase To $15.00/Hour

We recently reported on the decision of SeaTac, a Washington municipality and site of Sea-Tac Airport, to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour, the subject of subsequent, ongoing litigation.  Now, the City of Seattle itself has, through its City Council, passed similar legislation seeking to raise the City’s minimum wage ultimately to the same $15.00/hour … Continue Reading

President Obama Continues Push To Increase Federal Minimum Wage, Turns Attention to Tipped Wage

Despite encountering strong opposition to its proposals to raise the federal minimum wage and rewrite the Department of Labor regulations defining the exemptions from overtime under the FLSA, the White House is now requesting Congress raise the minimum wage for “tipped” employees.  Through a report released last week, the President argues that the minimum wage … Continue Reading

Florida Court Requires Pre-Suit Notice For Claims Under Florida Minimum Wage Act

Florida has maintained a separate minimum wage requirement since the 2005 passage of the Florida Minimum Wage Act (“Act”), which was authorized by the Minimum Wage Amendment (“Amendment”) to Article X of the Florida Constitution.  Since then, courts have disagreed as to whether the Amendment provides the right to a separate cause of action to … Continue Reading

Citing To Precedent, Nevada Federal Court Rejects FLSA Tip Claim Asserted By Workers Receiving Minimum Wage

A Nevada federal court’s decision is consistent with  other recent federal court decisions holding that an employee has no claim for allegedly misappropriated gratuities under § 203(m) of the FLSA if no tip credit is taken and the employee receives the full minimum wage before tips, as the FLSA does not create  a property right … Continue Reading

President Raises Minimum Wage For Employees of Federal Contractors

As discussed in a recently released White House fact sheet and summarized more fully here, the President is expected to announce tonight during the State of the Union that his office will issue an Executive Order prospectively raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10.  While many contractors pay higher rates pursuant to the … Continue Reading

Seattle Suburb’s Minimum Wage Legislation Fight Continues, Sets Up Appeal to State’s Highest Court

Warring factions continue to litigate over the legal viability of SeaTac, Washington’s Proposition One, a local ordinance increasing the minimum wage for work performed in SeaTac – a close suburb of Seattle and site of Sea-Tac airport – to a whopping $15/hour, considerably higher than the state minimum wage in Washington or any of the … 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

Ninth Circuit Requires Reimbursement of H2A Expenses

In the latest in a series of decisions addressing the proper allocation of travel and immigration fee expenses between employers and employees utilizing the H2A agricultural guestworker program, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the largest federal circuit, encompassing Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii) ruled an employer must … 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

Supreme Court Declines Review of Intern Compensability Issue

While the compensability of time spent in internship programs continues to be an hotly contested litigation issue, the United States Supreme Court has declined an opportunity to provide clarity in this area, denying certiorari to a Florida medical billing intern whose claim was rejected last year by the Eleventh Circuit.  Kaplan v. Code Blue Billing … Continue Reading

New Jersey Amends State Constitution to Increase Minimum Wage

Overriding the March 2013 veto by Governor Chris Christie of a proposed bill increasing the state’s minimum wage, New Jersey’s Democratic legislative majority successfully pushed through a constitutional amendment through a voter referendum (not subject to gubernatorial veto) to increase the New Jersey minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.25/hour effective January 1, 2014. This request is … 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

FLSA Coverage Extends to Majority of Home Care Workers

The Department of Labor continues carrying out its aggressive regulatory agenda, releasing the much-anticipated final rule extending FLSA minimum wage and overtime protection to direct care workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants working for home care agencies and other domestic services employers, and reversing the application of the … Continue Reading

Labor Secretary Details Obama Administration Wage-Hour Agenda at AFL-CIO Convention

Newly appointed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez addressed the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention earlier this week, providing details on the Obama Administration’s legislative and administrative wage-hour agenda for the remainder of the President’s second term. The wage-hour agenda likely will be overseen by the President’s new nominee for Wage and Hour Administrator, Dr. David Weil, a professor at … Continue Reading

More and More Interns Seeking Allegedly Unpaid Wages

Presumably buoyed by the district court ruling in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82079 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013), a number of copy-cat lawsuits have been filed by former entertainment industry interns in recent weeks in the Southern District of New York’s Manhattan courthouse seeking unpaid wages. Salaam, et al. v. Bad … Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit: Vehicle Weight of “Motor Carrier” Determined By Manufacturer Ratings, Not Actual Weight

Of the FLSA’s many highly technical exemptions from overtime, one that can require a detailed regulatory and factual analysis to properly apply, is the motor carrier exemption. In a new decision highlighting one of technical aspects of the exemption, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the proper measure of a … Continue Reading

DOL Announces App Competition Incorporating Employer Violation Data

Building upon its prior efforts to leverage contemporary technology, the Department of Labor has announced an “app” competition, inviting the public to create an app to incorporate its data regarding labor investigations “with consumer ratings websites, geo-positioning Web tools, and other relevant data sets, such as those available from state health boards.” This is not the … Continue Reading

New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses Truck Driver Misclassification Claims

Even as the New Jersey legislature contemplates amendments to the law (similar to those enacted in New York) limiting the classification of certain truck drivers as independent contractors, a New Jersey federal judge has granted an industry employer’s motion to dismiss claims that its drivers were misclassified as independent contractors.  Luxama v. Ironbound Express, Inc., … Continue Reading

Intern Filings Seeking Alleged Unpaid Wages Continue

In the wake of the first substantive decisions issued as part of the growing trend of wage-and-hour claims being initiated by interns recently seeking alleged unpaid minimum wages and overtime, several more high profile filings have become public over the last few weeks, including most recently a claim against popular internet media conglomerate Gawker. Mark, et … Continue Reading

Manhattan Judge Analyzes Appropriate Standard for Intern Determination, Denies Class Certification

In a significant victory for employers in the series of hotly contested cases regarding the status of interns, the Hearst Corporation successfully defeated class certification under the New York Labor Law. Xuedan Wang v. Hearst Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65869 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2013).  As important to wage/hour practitioners and employers as the Court’s ruling … Continue Reading

Text of NY Minimum Wage Bill Finalized

The text of the New York legislature’s proposed minimum wage increase confirms increases as previously reported: ·         $8.00 on and after December 31, 2013 ·         $8.75 on and after December 31, 2014 ·         $9.00  on and after December, 2015. Per the language of the amendment, the minimum wage requirements for food service workers and other … Continue Reading

Progress Towards NY Minimum Wage Hike

Reports indicate that the New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo have tentatively reached agreement regarding the terms of the anticipated proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage. As portrayed in news coverage, the latest proposal would increase the minimum wage to $8/hour in 2014, $8.75/hour in 2015 and $9/hour by 2016, but not tie further … Continue Reading

Kansas Supreme Court: Exotic Dancers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Among the types of service providers who consistently challenge their classification as independent contractors are exotic dancers, who allege that they are employees of the night club or clubs at which they perform. This allegation can give rise to a host of claims relating to wage-and-hour law, including minimum wage, overtime and gratuities-based claims, as well … Continue Reading
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