Minimum Wage

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    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in 1938 to ensure that employers who fall within its reach abide by a number of different “fair labor standards.” Accordingly, FLSA establishes key employment standards in a number of areas including minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and employing younger workers. Private...

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    Two recent decisions may give franchisers and entities that use independent contractors cause for concern. In both rulings, the joint-employer doctrine was invoked to extend potential liability to the larger entities (in these cases, a franchiser and a grocery store chain). General Counsel: McDonald's joint employer In a departure from...
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    Will summer ever come to Michigan in 2014? Hopefully, by the time this article reaches you, the long winter will be far behind us. Regardless of the temperature, however, you can be sure that high- school students will soon be available for summer help. If you plan to hire minors this summer, or at any time, you should be familiar with Michigan's...
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    The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Arkansas employers) recently held that employees were not entitled to compensation for several hours spent completing rehire training certification. Facts H&R Block is a tax preparation service provider, and it employs tax professionals who are primarily responsible for...
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    The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Alabama employers) recently held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable for wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court specifically found that the FLSA doesn't provide employees with a substantive right to file a...
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    March 6 was the Hawaii Legislature's first crossover deadline — the date by which bills had to be approved by each house and cross over to the other house for consideration. Numerous bills have crossed over, including several that could impact employment law in Hawaii. Legislators are still considering bills that seek to raise the minimum...
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    California employers must prepare for the new minimum wage that goes into effect July 1, 2014, by reviewing pay practices to ensure they comply with federal and California law. Even MLB teams will be subject to the same standards of law. What follows is an analysis of a recent class action complaint filed by minor league players against MLB and...
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    On January 30, 2014, Governor Jack Markell signed a bill increasing Delaware's minimum wage. Effective June 1, the minimum wage will increase to $7.75 per hour for affected employees. Effective July 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase to $8.25 per hour.
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    Q Is it legal to hold an employee's final paycheck until uniforms, tools, or other company property is returned? A No. An employer may not withhold an employee's final paycheck for any reason. If an employee is separated from employment in Utah, he is to be paid all wages he is owed within 24 hours of separation. If an employee without a...
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    Minimum wage rates are a perennial topic for debate among politicians, employers, and employees. Recently, Virginia's General Assembly rejected a proposal for a minimum wage increase, but debate about the issue isn't over. Labor unions and the Democratic Party have both vowed to make increasing the minimum wage a leading issue in future elections...
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