Obama Plan More Than Doubles Overtime Exemption Qualification

President Obama last night unveiled his long-awaited proposed overtime exemption rule, enabling those who earn up to $970 a week, or $50,440 a year, to be eligible for time-and-a-half when working more than 40 hours in a week. The current minimum salary exemption (free from overtime) is $455 a week, or $23,660 a year. “Right now,” […]

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Ikea Follows One Minimum Wage Hike with Another for Next Year

A minimum wage hike in January brought the wage floor at Ikea’s U.S. stores to at least $10 an hour, and now with another hike announced for next January, the floor is set to rise to almost $12 an hour. Currently, Ikea U.S. is using the MIT Living Wage Calculator to determine wage floors in each […]

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FedEx Joins Walmart in Trucker Pay Woes

FedEx has agreed to a roughly $228 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified more than 2,000 California drivers as independent contractors and thus owes them overtime pay and other benefits. FedEx originally prevailed in a federal court proceeding, which ruled that the company was not subject to California labor laws. An appeals […]

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Walmart Could Be on the Hook for $100 Million in Back Trucker Pay

Walmart’s policy of paying its truck drivers by miles driven and activities performed violates California’s minimum wage law, a federal judge has ruled, putting the retailer on the hook for as much as $100 million in back wages. “The court finds that the pay policies detailed in the [company’s trucker] manuals violate California minimum wage […]

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Wal-Mart to Raise Wage Floor for Managers Following Employee Hourly Hike

After previously announcing it would raise the minimum wage paid its employees to at least $10 an hour, Wal-Mart is now embarking on a program to raise managers’ hourly rates depending on their department, starting with their Aug. 13 paychecks. Managers in more service-oriented departments such as auto care and electronics will receive at least […]

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Los Angeles Joins Other Big Cities in Raising Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Los Angeles City Council has voted with a lone naysayer to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour in 2020, joining other major cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle and New York City. Like the other municipalities, Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage in steps, going up to $10.50 […]

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Rhode Island Joins DOL Effort to Weed Out Worker Misclassification

Officials from the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the goal of protecting the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies will share information and coordinate law enforcement. […]

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DOL Arguing in Court to Reinstate Home Care Worker Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) is back in court today trying to win a reversal of a federal district judge’s ruling that overturned the agency’s attempt to bypass the 1974 minimum-wage exemption for home care workers who are placed by third-party employment agencies. In January, District Judge Richard Leon threw out the agency rule that redefined “domestic service […]

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Emeryville, Calif., Votes for Highest City Minimum Wage in Nation

By a vote of the city council yesterday, the city of Emeryville, Calif., has opted to enforce a $16-an-hour minimum wage, effective in 2019, which to date is the highest level enacted by any municipality in the nation. The council voted unanimously to start the phase-in by raising the minimum wage to $14.44 an hour […]

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DOL Sends Proposed Overtime Rules to OMB

In a blog post yesterday, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez announced he has sent his agency’s proposed revamp of the nation’s overtime rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Perez gave no details but noted: “The rules governing who is eligible for overtime have eroded over the years. As […]

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