President Obama has spent much of his second term zealously pursuing an increase to the current $7.25 federal minimum hourly wage. While it is not clear whether a federal wage hike is in the offing, many states have recently taken measures to increase their own minimum wage rates. Effective January 1, 2014,
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he will issue an executive order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Most of those employees, however, are already paid in excess of this amount under statutes such as the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act.
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On January 15, 2014, the Mayor of the District of Columbia signed a bill increasing the D.C. minimum wage to $11.50, in three steps by July 1, 2016. This caps off a recent coordinated effort in D.C. and suburban Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to increase the regional minimum wage to $11.50.
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New Jersey voters have approved a ballot question that will raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, and to provide for future increases based on changes in the consumer price index.
After Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the minimum wage increase earlier this year, both houses of the…
By Michael Kun
On January 1, 2012, the minimum wage for employees working in San Francisco will rise to $10.24 per hour.
This is, to our knowledge, the first time the minimum wage in any U.S. city has ever exceeded $10 per hour.
Employers with employees in San Francisco will need to make sure that…
By: Kara M. Maciel
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Norfolk, Virginia has announced that it will be stepping up its compliance audits and enforcement efforts against area hotels. In the past few years, the DOL stated it found violations at about 60% of local hotels. According to the DOL, the agency recently made…
The New York State Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule which would combine the current wage orders for the restaurant and hotel industries to form a single Minimum Wage Order for the Hospitality Industry. If adopted, the Wage Order would affect requirements related to the minimum wage, tip credits and pooling, customer service charges, allowances, overtime calculations, and other common issues within the restaurant and hotel industries. Additionally, the Wage Order would provide helpful guidance for traditionally ambiguous wage issues such as the handling of service charges and the definition of an employee uniform for purposes of a laundry allowance.
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In a recently reported case, Applebee’s’ servers alleged they spent a “substantial” amount of time performing non-tipped work, such as cleaning and maintenance, and should be paid the minimum wage 29 U.S.C § 206(A)(1)(c) of $7.25 rather than the direct wage 29 U.S.C. § 203(m) of $2.13 the FLSA 29 U.S.C. § 203(t) allows 29 C.F.R. § 516.28 tipped employees.
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