Time to Update Your Labor Law Poster, Especially If…

Especially if you’re in one of the 13 states that will greet the New Year with new minimum wage rates and mandatory workplace notices: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York (which actually takes effect on Dec. 31, 2015), Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. In addition, both Washington, D.C. and […]

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MLB Lawsuit Attracts 500 Minor League Signatories

Since winning class action certification in October, the lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB) over wage-and-hour issues for its minor leaguers has seen some 500 current and former players add their names, including a couple already in the big leagues. “We’re very happy with it,” said Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer handling the case, a former minor-league […]

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Judge Expands Uber Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has expanded the lawsuit against Uber to include even those drivers in California who failed to opt out of the company’s arbitration agreement. Previously, the class action suit against the ride-sharing service was limited only to drivers who never signed the arbitration agreement or who drove for Uber before the […]

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Judge Nixes St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike

St. Louis tried to hike its minimum wage from the state-mandated $7.65 an hour to $8.25 an hour, but it ran afoul of a recently passed state law barring municipalities from setting their own minimum wage. This week Judge Steven Ohmer of the St. Louis Circuit Court, responding to a legal challenge by local business groups, […]

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Seattle Franchisees Lose Again in Minimum Wage Battle

The International Franchise Association, suing on behalf of franchisees in Seattle, has once again been rebuffed in its legal battle over the city’s new minimum wage law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week upheld the local U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Emerald City’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law is correct in lumping […]

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California Protects NFL Cheerleaders’ Wage and Overtime Rights

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) reportedly pay their cheerleaders $75 per game and nothing for rehearsal time, but that will stop in January when a new California law will force teams to adhere to state and federal labor laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. Already, four teams have lost court […]

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DOL Receives Some 25,000 Public Comments on Proposed Overtime Rule

Public commentary on the  proposed new overtime rule closed the Friday before Labor Day, but not before some 25,000 comments were received by the Department of Labor (DOL). The rule would raise the minimum salary necessary to be exempt from being paid overtime on an hourly basis from $455 a week to $970 a week, […]

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Washington Supreme Court Restores SeaTac’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Voter-approved Proposition 1, which provides for a $15-an-hour minimum wage along with paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers in the Washington State community of SeaTac, has been revived by the state Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote. After voters approved the measure two years ago, a King County judge ruled that the city of […]

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New York Fast Food Workers to Get $15 an Hour

The New York Wage Board moved Wednesday to raise the hour wage for fast food workers from $8.75 an hour to $15, which would take effect in New York City on Dec. 31, 2018, and for the rest of the state by mid-2021. The board’s move does not require legislative approval, but will need a […]

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Minor Leaguers Press Overtime Lawsuit Against MLB

Various Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises in the past have avoided paying minimum and overtime wages by relying on the “seasonal amusement” exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but this time a federal court in California has allowed class certification to begin for a group of former minor league players who filed suit. The 22 […]

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