Total Articles: 26
Fisher Phillips • February 06, 2019
We previously summarized the state-level minimum wage increases for 2019. As reported, New Jersey's new legislation calls for another increase from $8.85 to $10.00 effective July 1, 2019.
Ogletree Deakins • January 03, 2019
The “minimum wage” is the minimum hourly wage that an employer must pay to a covered nonexempt employee for work, and is set by federal, state, and local law. The current federal minimum wage, which was set in 2009 under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is $7.25/hour.
Ogletree Deakins • January 03, 2019
As always, the ball dropping in Times Square not only ushers in a new year but many new employment laws across the country taking effect on January 1. Headlining the list are numerous minimum wage increases as 20 states raised their minimum hourly rate, several of them by a significant amount.
Ogletree Deakins • December 31, 2018
In 2019, a number of states’ minimum wage rates will increase. The below chart summarizes the rates that will increase for certain states (and several localities) at any time during 2019, including all state changes that will become effective next year.
FordHarrison LLP • December 28, 2018
Executive Summary: With 2018 winding down, employers should be prepared for the minimum wage increases that are expected in the New Year. Even though the federal minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25 per hour since 2009, state legislatures have been active in increasing their respective minimum wage rates. In 2019, 21 states will increase their state’s minimum wage rate, with 18 of those increases taking effect on New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 09, 2018
While the federal minimum wage has remained stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009, there has been significant movement at the state level, with some states enacting a minimum wage rate that is now more than double the federal level.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 03, 2018
The dishes are done, the leftovers are gone, and you are back at work. Were new laws enacted while you were conked out in a tryptophan-induced nap? Keep reading for all the November updates about the minimum wage, tips, and overtime.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 03, 2018
The November mid-term elections resulted in some significant power shifts at the state level. Six states (Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York) that had been politically divided now enjoy a Democratic "trifecta" – meaning the state house, senate, and governor are all affiliated with the same party.1 Alaska, meanwhile, whose current governor is an Independent, will have a Republican governor in 2019, making that state solidly red. Four states (Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin) in which the Republican Party had enjoyed a legislative trifecta, are now politically divided.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 19, 2018
Minimum wage laws can impact businesses of all sizes, whether operating nationwide, in multiple jurisdictions, or only in one state, county, or city. To help manage this challenge, we are publishing a rates-only update detailing state- and local-level wage increases that are scheduled to occur throughout 2019 so employers can determine the minimum amount they must pay non-exempt, tipped, and certain exempt employees.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 01, 2017
The leftovers are (mostly) gone, and turkey-induced naps have been taken, but if you think a post-Thanksgiving minimum wage and overtime update will be uneventful, you are mistaken. Jurisdictions continue to announce 2018 minimum wage rates,1 cities have amended existing or introduced new minimum wage ordinances, state legislators have pre-filed 2018 bills, and a lawsuit challenging a forthcoming local law has been filed.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 15, 2017
The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour since 2009. In the absence of an increase to the federal minimum wage, an increasing number of states, cities, and other municipalities have enacted statutes providing for minimum wage rates in excess of (and, in some cases, more than twice as high as) the federal rate.
July 1 is a day of national celebration for our friends in Canada. But in many parts of the US, it’s compliance deadline day as a flurry of new employment laws take effect. Here are some of most significant changes employers need to know about before the clock strikes 12:00 on Friday night.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 01, 2017
Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s main political parties take to tackling labor and employment issues. States and counties struggle to assert their legislative dominance over their governmental subordinates. And local councils and agencies continue to push existing and proposed minimum wage ordinances.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 01, 2017
Since we published our annual article discussing minimum wage rates in 2017,1 many state and local jurisdictions have adjusted their minimum wage rates, state legislative sessions have begun, signatures have been collected for ballot measures, and officials have hinted at policies they intend to pursue. One particularly interesting development we have seen is the emergence of several anti-preemption bills, or bills designed to upend the trend in recent years of state laws preempting the development of local minimum wage rates that would exceed the state or federal minimum wage rates.
Fisher Phillips • January 09, 2017
As employers wait to see whether, when, and to what extent the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage might increase in the near future, many other jurisdictions have continued to raise their rates to levels higher than the FLSA's current $7.25 an hour. Of course, covered employers must ensure that they are paying not less than the FLSA minimum or any higher required rate(s) applying to their non-exempt workers.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 23, 2016
With the federal minimum wage stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009, states, counties, and local governments have increasingly stepped in and passed legislation raising the minimum wage above the federal level. Because federal law does not prevent other jurisdictions from passing laws that are more protective of employees (the federal law establishes only a floor), the higher minimum wage rate in the employer’s jurisdiction applies.
Ogletree Deakins • December 22, 2016
Effective January 1, 2017, 29 states plus the District of Columbia will have minimum wage rates that are above the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. The District of Columbia will continue to have, as it did last year, one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country at $11.50 per hour until July 1, 2017, and $12.50 per hour after that date. With respect to state minimum wages, Massachusetts and Washington will have the highest minimum wages at $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2017, with California close behind at $10.50 per hour (for employers with 26 or more employees), effective January 1, 2017, and Connecticut following at $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2017.
Ogletree Deakins • December 20, 2016
In 2016, 17 states and the District of Columbia implemented increased minimum wage rates. This year, even more states are scheduled to do so.
Fisher Phillips • December 20, 2016
While the federal minimum wage has remained steady at $7.25 for the past seven years, many state and local jurisdictions have set their own minimum rates higher than the federal level. And, of course, when a local jurisdiction mandates a rate higher than the federal rate, you must pay your employees the higher rate.
XpertHR • November 14, 2016
On Election Day, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage.
XpertHR • September 26, 2016
Nearly three dozen cities and counties around the nation have enacted local minimum wage ordinances in recent years - but statistics collected by XpertHR suggest that these ordinances are not being enforced consistently.
Goldberg Segalla LLP • December 31, 2013
Employers with employees in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut should expect more than just holiday cheer this New Year. Increases in those state’s minimum wages may also bring about increased costs for businesses and organizations that utilize low-wage earners.
Brody and Associates, LLC • December 27, 2013
Voters in Sea-Tac, Washington, an airport town between Seattle and Tacoma, narrowly approved a measure to increase the minimum wage to $15 and provide paid sick time to certain hospitality and transportation workers associated with the airport and tourism. The ordinance also ties future minimum wage increases to inflation. While the ordinance currently faces court challenges that could bar its implementation, if the ordinance goes into effect, Sea-Tac will be the guinea pig allowing the rest of the nation to see the effects of a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.
Ogletree Deakins • August 14, 2013
In a decision in favor of the University of Pennsylvania entered on August 7, 2013, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the “but for” standard for liability under University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar and provided a roadmap for employers accused of retaliation to defeat the inference of causation that can arise from temporal proximity between protected activity and adverse employment action. To establish a prima facie case of retaliation under § 704(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a plaintiff must demonstrate that (1) he or she engaged in activity protected by Title VII; (2) he or she suffered an adverse employment action after or contemporaneously with the protected conduct; and (3) there was a causal connection between participation in the protected activity and the adverse employment action.
Franczek Radelet P.C • January 15, 2013
With the New Year comes a minimum wage increase in 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Each of these states has a higher minimum wage rate than the federal minimum of $7.25/hour. Employers in these states are required to pay the higher state minimum wage.
Fisher Phillips • December 21, 2012
On January 1, 2013, the minimum wage for employees working in Washington will increase to $9.19 per hour. On the same day, the minimum wage for employees working in Oregon will rise to $8.95 per hour. With these increases, Washington and Oregon will remain the states with the two highest minimum wage rates in the entire country. What do employers need to know about this change, aside from increasing their payroll accordingly?