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State and Local Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2016

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that one of my main focuses from day to day is updating you on ordinances, ballot initiatives, and other local and state actions on minimum wages, paid family or sick leave, and ...

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Amended New York Law Gives Wage and Hour Plaintiffs Direct Access to Shareholders’ Pockets

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New York employers and their shareholders will start facing substantially increased liability for wage and hour violations in January now that the state has again amended its Business Corporation Law.  The latest change allows plaintiffs in wage and hour cases ...

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State Supreme Court Considers Whether Employers Can Contractually Shorten Time for Employment Claims

On Tuesday, I watched the webcast of Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture before the New Jersey Supreme Court where the court considered whether an employer can use a contract (here, in an employment application) to shorten the statute of limitations period otherwise ...

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Local Minimum Wage Measures Produce Mixed Bag in 2015 Elections

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that one of my main focuses from day to day is updating you on ordinances, ballot initiatives, and other local and state actions on minimum wages, paid family or sick leave, and ...

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Election Day and Wage and Hour Law: Paid Voting Leave Laws

We’ll get back to FLSA mergers and acquisition tips tomorrow, I promise, but today is election day in many places around the country.  It is easy to remember election day in presidential years, but state and local elections happen every ...

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California Court Confirms that Employers Can Still Employ Unpaid Interns in Certain Cases

Recently, the DOL’s preferred test for whether employers must pay their interns has been under attack, an issue I’ll address more directly in a future post. Put simply, the scope of lawful unpaid internships has narrowed substantially in recent years, ...

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Missouri Battles Over Minimum Wage, Right to Work Rage On

As I’ve been covering on Twitter, Missouri has been roiled lately with state and local battles over the minimum wage and right to work legislation. Both saw developments last week. Last Wednesday, the Missouri General Assembly sustained Governor Jay Nixon’s ...

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