All Items: Wage and Hour

  • New FLSA Opinion Letters Address Rounding, Bonuses and Paralegals

    July 1, 2019

    The US Department of Labor opined about permissible rounding practices for calculating an employee's hours worked; the calculation of overtime pay for nondiscretionary bonuses paid on a quarterly and annual basis; and the application of the highly compensated employee exemption to paralegals.

  • Nevada Enacts Paid Leave, Minimum Wage Increases and More

    June 13, 2019

    Starting in 2020, employers with 50 or more employees in Nevada will be required to provide employees up to 40 hours hours of paid leave per benefit year. In addition, Nevada's minimum wage will increase by 75 cents per year, until it reaches $12 per hour in 2020.

  • Washington State Proposes Raising Minimum Salary for Overtime-Exempt Workers

    June 5, 2019

    The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued draft regulations, under which the minimum salary for executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees would increase from the current level of $23,660 to $49,140 for large employers and to $35,100 for small employers, effective July 1, 2020.

  • Nevada Sets Bar for Health Benefits Needed for Lower Minimum Wage

    May 31, 2019

    Effective January 1, 2020, Nevada's minimum wage law will be amended to specify exactly which benefits an employer must offer in order to pay a lower minimum wage.

  • Manager Misclassification Costs Steak 'n Shake $7.7 Million

    May 28, 2019

    A federal judge has ordered Steak 'n Shake to pay $7.7 million in back pay and liquidated damages for misclassifying store managers as exempt employees and failing to pay overtime.

  • Wage Theft to Be a Felony Under New Colorado Law

    May 22, 2019

    A new Colorado law makes it a felony for an employer to fail to pay employee wages. Wage theft has been seen as a significant issue, particularly in the construction industry.

  • Connecticut Sets Course for $15 Minimum Wage

    May 20, 2019

    Connecticut joins California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and about three dozen cities, towns and counties that have, or will eventually have, a $15 minimum wage.

  • NLRB Finds Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

    May 17, 2019

    In a victory for Uber, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) advice memorandum has concluded that the company's drivers are independent contractors rather than employees.

  • California's "Dynamex" Test for Independent Contractors Applies Retroactively

    May 6, 2019

    In Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that it is "basic in our legal tradition" that court decisions such as the California Supreme Court's 2018 Dynamex decision should apply retroactively.

  • DOL Opinion Letter May Help Shield Gig Companies

    April 29, 2019

    Applying six factors derived from Supreme Court precedent, the US Department of Labor (DOL) said certain service providers were not "economically dependent" on an unnamed gig economy company that requested the opinion letter.

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News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding federal and state wage and hour laws.