New Overtime Rules to Take ‘a Few More Months’

Testifying before Congress, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez acknowledged that it will take “a few more months” for his department to rewrite the rules for who is eligible for overtime at work. “We want to make sure that our proposal, which we expect to release in the coming months, is informed by as […]

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Emerald City Wins Minimum Wage Battle Over Franchisees

A federal judge in Seattle has rejected a lawsuit by city-based franchisees that sought to delay implementation of the Emerald City’s looming $15-an-hour minimum wage law. At issue was the minimum wage measure’s inclusion of franchises in the large company category (500 or more employees), meaning that McDonald’s and other franchisees have to establish the […]

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Target to Follow WalMart’s Minimum Wage Lead

After earlier announcing it was trimming its workforce by 1,700 positions, Target has jumped on the minimum wage bandwagon by matching WalMart’s hourly wage minimum of $9 this year and $10 in 2016. The first increase is set for April. The retailer already pays its employees more than the minimum wage, so it was not […]

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DOL Lists Ten Fastest Growing Jobs

The Department of Labor (DOL) on its blog recently listed what it says are “The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs.” In order from last to first, with median annual salaries shown in parentheses, these jobs are physical therapy assistants ($53,360); genetic counselors ($63,590); occupational therapy assistants ($55,270); helpers of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons and tile and marble […]

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Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of DOL Interpretive Rule

The Supreme Court has ruled that federal agencies may issue initial and amended interpretive rules without advance notice and without soliciting commentary from interested parties. The case was Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Thomas Perez is secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), and at issue was his agency’s abrupt switch from previous interpretations […]

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Franchises Sue Seattle Over Minimum Wage Law’s Application

The City of Seattle in 2014 passed a law raising the minimum wage in the Emerald City to $15 an hour in stages, with $11 an hour taking effect this April 1, but the phase-in schedule differs according to the size of the business. Businesses with 500 or more employees are on a faster track — […]

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T.J. Maxx Group Follows Lead of Wal-Mart on Minimum Wages

TJX Cos., parent of retail stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, announced today that it will boost wages to a minimum of $10 an hour in 2016 for all employees who’ve been on board for six months. In June, it will raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour in advance of next year’s move. […]

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Wal-Mart Jumps on the Minimum Wage Bandwagon

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced today that it will be raising the wage floor on its U.S. employees to $10 an hour by Feb. 1, 2016, and as a steppingstone to $9 an hour by mid-year. “These changes will give our U.S. associates the opportunity to earn higher pay and advance in their careers,” said Doug […]

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Aetna to Institute $16-an-Hour Wage Floor

Some 5,700 employees of Aetna Inc., the health insurance provider, will see their wages rise to $16 an hour as the company prepares to become “a much more consumer-oriented business” with “a better and more informed work force,” according to CEO Mark T. Bertolini. Chalk part of the company’s decision up to Obamacare, as Aetna […]

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DOL’s Perez: We Have 1,000 Wage and Hour Cops on the Beat

Speaking Dec. 4 at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., Secretary Tom Perez told attendees that the Department of Labor (DOL) now has 1,000 Wage and Hour (WHD) investigators aggressively enforcing the nation’s pay, overtime and worker classification laws. That figure is up from the 730 investigators the Obama administration inherited. The DOL […]

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