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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McDonald’s to Raise Wages by 10 Percent at Corporate-Owned Locations

McDonald’s Corp. will become the first fast-food chain to raise its minimum wage this summer when it ups compensation at its corporate-owned locations by at least a dollar more than the local minimum hourly rate. In all, the planned July 1 hike will average about 10 percent for the 90,000 affected workers, rising to about $9.90 per hour with […]

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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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