The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has proposed revisions to the city's minimum wage rules intended to reflect a 2015 wage theft ordinance, a ballot initiative increasing the statewide minimum wage and other developments.
The new Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit will draw on investigators from a number of state agencies, including the Department of Labor, Department of Taxation, Workers Compensation Board and the Department of State.
In a landmark California case, a San Diego restaurant owner has been sentenced to two years in jail for promising wages to immigrant workers but paying them only in tips. This marks the first criminal conviction under the state's toughened wage theft law.
Minimum wage rates will gradually increase over the next four years, eventually reaching $12.00 in Arizona, Colorado and Maine, and $13.50 in Washington. Starting in 2021, the minimum wage rates will be adjusted for inflation once a year.
In Schaefer v. Walker Bros. Enters., the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals followed federal guidance that allows employers to claim the minimum wage tip credit even when their employees spend as much as 20 percent of their time performing duties that are related to their occupations but do not explicitly produce tips.
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