Through an unusual agreement, the New York State Legislature and
Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to hike New York State's minimum
wage in three steps from the current $7.25 per hour to an hourly
rate of $9.00 in 2016. The minimum wage schedule looks like
$7.25 per hour
$8.00 per hour
$8.75 per hour
$9.00 per hour
What places the pact in the category of "unusual" is
the compromise reached to ease the burden on employers of lower
wage employees. Under the recently passed legislation, tax credits
will be provided to employers that hire seasonal workers aged 16 to
19 who are still in school. Republican leaders contend that the
subsidy is intended to protect the employment of those otherwise
most likely to lose their jobs when the hikes take effect. Eligible
employers would effectively receive an hourly subsidy of $0.75 when
the wage rate increases to $8.00 per hour. That subsidy will
increase to $1.31 per hour when the minimum wage increases to $8.75
in 2015 and will hit $1.35 per hour in 2016 when the rate of pay
Sylvia Dahlby, a "purveyor of talent acquisition, staffing management and recruiting business solutions" in Hawaii, commented below on our posts about "lookism," beauty bias, appearance bias, and obesity.
Over $2 million, along with "a very strong consent decree," is the price of settlement of an EEOC same sex sexual harassment (and retaliation) lawsuit action against a New Mexico car dealership on behalf of over 50 men.
Recently issued final regulations on the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act clarify and streamline the process for reporting information relating to the provision of minimum essential coverage and health insurance coverage offered under employer-sponsored plans.
I read with interest a recent post by Michael Kun in the Epstein Becker wage hour blog concerning (non-exempt) employees seeking payment for and/or suing for compensation for time spent checking and responding to emails and utilizing other PDAs on (ostensibly) Company business after business hours and on weekends.
On November 2, 2012, we reported that a federal court in Michigan had enjoined the application of the rule of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would have required a "secular, for-profit, family owned and operated corporation" owned by a practicing Catholic to provide employee health insurance that covers contraception.
President Obama Issues Initiative to Expand Overtime Pay
On March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama requested that the Labor Department issue rules that greatly expand the number of workers who will be eligible to receive overtime pay.