DOL Issues Fact Sheets on Retaliation

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has issued three new fact sheets on unlawful retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Fact Sheet number 77A, Prohibiting Retaliation Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), briefly discusses […]

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San Francisco to Have Highest Minimum Wage in 2012

Eight states are set to raise their minimum hourly wage rates on Jan. 1, 2012, with Washington topping the list at $9.04 an hour, but San Francisco is the lone governmental entity with a minimum wage above the 10-dollar range. Though other cities enforce "living wages" for businesses that do contracted work for them, San […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Pharma Reps’ Overtime Status

Federal appeals courts have ruled differently on the issue of whether pharmaceutical sales representatives are or are not exempt from the overtime pay provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), so today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the issue. The case in question is Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. Christopher and other […]

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Colorado, Montana to Adjust Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index

Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 28 establishes a new state minimum wage rate of $7.64 per hour and $4.62 per hour for employees who regularly receive tips, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Montana will similarly raise its minimum wage by 30 cents to $7.65 an hour. Both states are basing the increases on inflationary effects on […]

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Washington Minimum Wage to Rise to $9.04 an Hour on Jan. 1

Following one day after Oregon raised its minimum wage, Washington announced it was hiking its minimum hourly rate to $9.04 to adjust for inflation as tracked by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The rate, up from the current $8.67, is effective Jan. 1, 2012. Washington and Oregon ($8.80 in 2012) have the two highest state […]

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Oregon Minimum Wage to Rise to $8.80 an Hour in 2012

Oregon will hike its minimum wage by 30 cents to $8.80 an hour come Jan. 1, 2012, adjusting the rate for 3.77-percent inflation as recorded by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the period ending Aug. 30, 2011. Oregon is one of 10 states to hitch its minimum wage to the CPI. Washington, also one […]

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New Hampshire Drops Its Minimum Wage Law

Overriding the Democratic governor's veto, Republicans in the state legislature have abolished the state's minimum wage, which was $7.25 an hour, the same as the federal rate. With no state wage law, New Hampshire is now subject to the federal minimum. The House Republicans at the same time defeated a 75-cent increase in the (now-defunct) […]

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OFCCP Seeks Devlopment of Compensation Data Collection Tool

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to invite the public to provide input on the development and implementation of a compensation data collection tool. Possible uses for the collected data include generating insight into potential problems of compensation discrimination at the establishment level that might […]

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DOL Conducting East Coast Farm Sweep for Labor Violations

Beginning in Homestead, Fla., in March, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been conducting an agricultural labor law compliance sweep up the East Coast of America, already recovering $670,770 in back wages and assessing $128,850 in fines. The sweep so far has netted 20 farms, packing houses and other agricultural operations. […]

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DOL Offers Employees Free Timesheet Smartphone App

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. With both English and Spanish versions, users can conveniently track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one […]

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