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One of the most hotly debated issues in wage and hour law is what constitutes a “living wage.” Depending on who you ask, you are likely to get a very different answer. While the minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 an hour, some states, as well as some corporations, are experimenting with paying workers a much higher minimum wage. A “Living Wage” Based on federal guidelines, a two-person household in the United States…
In the beginning of June 2019, the governor of Alabama signed legislation to combat gender-based wage discrimination which will become effective on September 1, 2019. With the enactment of this legislation, Alabama will join several other states including California, Colorado, Maryland, and Massachusetts which have new equal pay laws designed to combat gender-based wage discrimination. Despite this recent change in law, however, it is still important for workers to understand how to combat pay disparity…
Each year millions of workers throughout the county are victims of wage theft. To combat wage theft, several states have passed legislation that supplement federal law to strengthen workers’ rights and prevent wage theft. Most recently, the states of Colorado and Minnesota passed legislation that will create harsh criminal penalties for employers who fail to pay employees proper wages. In order to ensure you are not a victim of wage theft, it is critical for…
Under the Obama administration, the minimum salary threshold for salary exempt employees increased to $47,476. However, the increase was short-lived when a Court overruled the Obama- rule in December of 2016. Since that time, the salary threshold has remained at a paltry $23,660. Recently (in early 2019) the United States Department of Labor proposed increasing the salary threshold to $35,308 – with the comment period for the DOL’s proposed rule closing on May 21, 2019.…
Under the Obama administration, the minimum salary threshold for salary exempt employees increased to $47,476. However, the increase was short-lived when a Court overruled the Obama- rule in December of 2016. Since that time, the salary threshold has remained at a paltry $23,660. Recently (in early 2019) the United States Department of Labor proposed increasing the salary threshold to $35,308 – with the comment period for the DOL’s proposed rule closing on May 21, 2019.…
May 1 marked International Workers’ Day. While the event was created to commemorate the Chicago workers who were killed during strikes calling for an eight-hour workday, the event is also used to celebrate all laborers and workers including employees misclassified as independent contractors. At the end of April 2019, the California Supreme Court issued a new independent contractor test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The following will…
May 1 marked International Workers’ Day. While the event was created to commemorate the Chicago workers who were killed during strikes calling for an eight-hour workday, the event is also used to celebrate all laborers and workers including employees misclassified as independent contractors. At the end of April 2019, the California Supreme Court issued a new independent contractor test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The following will…
Federal laws apply in all 50 states. Your state’s laws may supplement the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but your state’s law may not replace the minimum protections afforded under the federal law including federal tip share laws. To be clear, your state’s laws may only supplement federal law if your state’s laws provide additional protections to workers. In other words, everything that federal law requires applies to workers in all 50 states, but your…
Federal laws apply in all 50 states. Your state’s laws may supplement the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but your state’s law may not replace the minimum protections afforded under the federal law including federal tip share laws. To be clear, your state’s laws may only supplement federal law if your state’s laws provide additional protections to workers. In other words, everything that federal law requires applies to workers in all 50 states, but your…