DOL Issues 2017 Minimum Wage Rates for Federal Contractors

Complying with its legal mandate of announcing minimum wage increases for businesses operating on federal contracts at least 180 days before they take effect, the Department of Labor (DOL) has set 2017 minimum wages at $10.20 an hour, up from $10.15, and at $6.80 an hour for tipped employees, up from $5.85. The rates take […]

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California to Mandate Farmworker Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in a Day

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation granting farmworkers overtime pay after 8 hours of work in a single day or 40 hours in a workweek. The current standard is 10 hours a day and 60 hours in a week before overtime kicks in for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066 starts phasing in the new […]

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Circuit Court Slams the Brakes on Uber Drivers’ Lawsuit

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Uber drivers who signed arbitration agreements with the ride-sharing company must use the arbitration process and not the courts to settle their grievances. Essentially, this means that only about 8,000 of some 240,000 drivers involved in the California-Massachusetts class action can proceed with the lawsuit. […]

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MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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Virginia Becomes 31st State to Join DOL in Combatting Misclassification

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Virginia Employment Commission have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies announced they will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees […]

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Wendy’s to Replace Order Takers with Self-Service Kiosks

In response to rising minimum wage standards in many states, Wendy’s the fast food chain is rolling out self-service kiosks for customers to punch in their orders, replacing human order takers. The kiosks will be available at Wendy’s 6,000 nationwide locations in the second half of this year, but it will be up to franchisees […]

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Overtime Final Rule Still Under Attack While at OMB

The final rule setting a new salary threshold for overtime exemptions, now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is still being attacked as overly aggressive by business groups. The final rule reached OMB March 17. Since then, OMB has held 22 meetings with business groups seeking to tone down the rule. […]

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AGs Go After Firms with ‘On-Call’ Worker Policies

Attorneys-general from eight states, including California, have collaborated in an effort to rein in on-call worker policies that leave employees dangling and unable to do anything while waiting for a call to work that might never come. On-call policies demand that employees remain free to be summonsed to work if needed. The AGs sent a […]

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Oregon Tinkers with Tiered Minimum Wage Structure

The Oregon legislature has passed a plan to raise the state minimum wage in a tiered structure that sees employees in Portland earning $14.75 an hour, those in Salem, Eugene and other smaller cities $13.50, and those in the hinterlands $12.50 — all by 2022. Gov. Kate Brown, in a statement, said she is prepared […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses College-Athletes-Are-Employees Claim

A federal judge in Indianapolis this week threw out a lawsuit by student athletes against more than 100 Division I colleges and universities, alleging they were employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) deserving of being paid the minimum wage. U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence ruled against the athletes, writing: “The question is not […]

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