Effective December 31, 2017, North Carolina will create a new Employee Classification Section within the North Carolina Industrial Commission to investigate reports of employee misclassification and assist other state agencies in recovering back wages, taxes and more.
The US Department of Labor set a target date of August 2017 for issuing a Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the current Fair Labor Standards Act restrictions on "tip pooling by employers that pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly."
Although the authors cautioned that their findings should not be generalized to minimum wage policies set by other localities, the research has the potential to shape the minimum wage debate nationwide.
Effective November 26, 2017, New York City will require fast food employers to provide advance notice of work schedules to employees and to pay a schedule change premium if hours are changed after required notices, among other things.
The US Department of Labor's recent withdrawal of two administrator interpretations issued during the Obama administration may signal a more employer-friendly enforcement posture under the Trump administration.
New York City freelancers may now enforce their rights under a new law, and the City as well as the Freelancers Union have engaged in a communications campaign to ensure gig workers are aware of their legal options.
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