MLB Wins FLSA Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB), alleging the MLB violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by using unpaid volunteers to run many aspects of its All-Star weekend, has been tossed by the court. In dismissing the case of Chen v. Major League Baseball, et al., the District Court for the Southern District […]

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Oklahoma Bans Localities from Raising the Minimum Wage

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a state measure to ban cities and towns in Oklahoma from raising the minimum wage. "Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers," she said in a statement. Organizers of a petition drive in […]

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N.Y. Wage Theft Law Requires Employee Notices by Feb. 1

As the year begins, so too do the requirements of New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act. This month employers throughout the state will have to create and issue wage notices to all employees. These wage notices must include: •    the employee’s rate(s) of pay, including the overtime rate, if any; •    the basis of wage […]

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Think HealthCare.gov Has Problems? Oregon’s Site Still Doesn’t Work

Almost three months after the Oregon Health Care Marketplace was supposed to go live, the website still isn't working, and state officials have pulled all Obamacare advertising from the airways. An estimated 36,000 Oregonians have thus far enrolled through Cover Oregon, including about 12,000 in private health insurance and another 24,000 in the Oregon Health Plan. […]

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D.C. Set to Vote on $11 Minimum Wage, Judge to Rule on SeaTac $15 Rate

In a mere formality, the Washington, D.C. Council is set to vote today on raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. The council previously approved the hike unanimously. This time the measure will go to Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has said he supports an immediate raise to $10 […]

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Fate of Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage to Be Determined in Court

12/14 Update: The case has been heard and the judge has promised a decision this month. Judge Andrea Darvas of King County Superior Court will hear a challenge today on the $15-an-hour minimum wage just approved by voters in the small town of SeaTac, Wash. Supporters of the measure, which won with a margin of fewer […]

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N.J. Social Media Privacy Act Becomes Law

New Jersey's Social Media Privacy Law took effect yesterday, prohibiting employers in the state from requiring applicants or employees to disclose their personal social media usernames and passwords or to provide access to their personal social media accounts. The law also has a strong anti-retaliation provision to prevent employers from pressuring employees or applicants into […]

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SeaTac $15 Minimum Wage Wins on Ballots, But Recount Possible

Both sides foresaw a potential recount of balloting for SeaTac Proposition 1, which would raise the small city's airport-related hospitality and transportation workers' salaries to a minimum of $15 an hour. On Monday after three weeks of counting votes, the proposition was leading by 76 votes, and King County officials were expected to certify the […]

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WHD and N.Y. Agencies Vow to Fight Misclassification of Employees

Officials of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the New York State Labor Department and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office have signed memoranda of understanding to protect the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. The memoranda of understanding represent a […]

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Seattle ‘Ban the Box’ Law Extended to Private Employers

Since 2009, the City of Seattle has been observing what it refers to as a "Ban the Box" legal provision, which forbids questions about criminal history of city government job applicants. Effective Nov. 1, the ordinance has been extended to all private employers within the city as well. "Ban the Box" derives its name from […]

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