A new order from the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor will eliminate distinctions among various types of employees and establish a uniform minimum cash wage for all tipped employees.
Legislation establishing new employee notice requirements for employers in the District of Columbia is projected to take effect on February 26, according to the District's Department of Employment Services.
In Home Care Ass'n of Am. v. Weil, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a regulation from the US Department of Labor that would have narrowed the duties a companion may perform to qualify for an exemption from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
New York employers will no longer have to provide employees with annual wage notices under the state Wage Theft Prevention Act starting with 2015. However, some of the Act's existing enforcement provisions have been enhanced.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a $151-million award to workers at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores for unpaid break time and other off-the-clock work. Wal-Mart also must pay nearly $34 million in attorney fees for its employees. The decision affects 188,000 Wal-Mart employees who worked in Pennsylvania between 1998 and 2005.
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