New policy on internships puts DOL, courts on same page

January 09, 2018 0 COMMENTS

EntertainHR intern movieThe U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement that it is nixing its 2010 guidance on unpaid internships in favor of a less-rigid test puts the agency in line with recent appellate court rulings on the issue, according to an attorney following the matter.

Matthew H. Parker, an editor of Rhode Island Employment Law Letter and attorney with Whelan, Corrente, Flanders, Kinder & Siket LLP in Providence, Rhode Island, says the new policy isn’t “a sea change in how to classify interns” but does align the DOL’s standard with recent appellate court rulings.

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Minimum wage is now $10.50 in Arizona, $11 in Flagstaff

January 02, 2018 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James
Gonzalez Law, LLC

The second of four annual increases in Arizona’s minimum wage kicked in at midnight on January 1, 2018, boosting the base rate from $10 to $10.50. Voters gave themselves the raise and paid sick time when they adopted Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, in November 2016.

Flagstaff voters claimed an even bigger raise for themselves, with the minimum wage in the High Country city rising to $11 per hour on January 1. It increased to $10.50 on July 1, 2017.

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Maine’s minimum wage law change going into effect January 1

December 08, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Matthew Jacobson

Changes to the Maine minimum wage law taking effect January 1 mean that the minimum wage for tipped workers will continue to be $5 an hour instead of rising $1 an hour like the minimum wage for workers who don’t receive tips.

Maine voters approved Question 4 on the 2016 ballot. The initiative set in motion annual minimum wage increases that will take the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour in 2016 to $12 an hour by 2020. The rate going into effect on January 1, 2018, puts the nontipped minimum wage at $10 an hour, up from the 2017 rate of $9 an hour.

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New minimum wage, paid sick leave requirements for Washington

December 01, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Cate DeJulio and Stephanie Holstein

Employers in Washington will be required to comply with a new minimum wage and offer paid sick leave beginning January 1, 2018.

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As a result of Initiative Measure (IM) 1433, approved by voters in November 2016, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour on January 1, 2018, up from the $11 rate that went into effect on January 1, 2017. In 2019, the minimum wage will rise to $12 per hour, and in 2020, it will increase to $13.50. Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually to keep up with inflation.

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Montana minimum wage increases to $8.30 on January 1

October 03, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Jason S. Ritchie

On September 29, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) announced that the Montana minimum wage will rise to $8.30 per hour on January 1, 2018. Under Montana law, the DOLI is required to annually review the Consumer Price Index and adjust the state minimum wage to reflect increases in the cost of living. The DOLI recently completed its annual review, and Montana workers who earn minimum wage will see an increase from $8.15 per hour to $8.30 per hour on January 1.

Jason Ritchie is the editor of Montana Employment Law Letter and a partner with Ritchie Manning LLP in Billings. You can reach him at jritchie@ritchiemanning.com.

Los Angeles, San Francisco minimum wages going up July 1

June 12, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Employers in Los Angeles and San Francisco must prepare to pay higher minimum wages starting July 1.

In the city of Los Angeles and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, the minimum wage is going to $12 an hour on July 1 for businesses with more than 25 employees, up from $10.50 an hour. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have to pay at least $10.50 an hour, up from $10 an hour. Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles are the areas of the county that aren’t governed by local city governments.

San Francisco’s minimum wage will go from $13 an hour to $14 an hour on July 1.

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$15 minimum wage clears Baltimore City Council

March 21, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Kevin C. McCormick

On March 20, the Baltimore City Council voted 11-3 to approve a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. If ultimately enacted, the minimum wage would be the highest in Maryland.

Under the proposed legislation, the minimum wage for employees working in the city would rise to $15 an hour by 2022. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would have until 2026 to reach that threshold. There are exceptions for employees younger than 21 and workers who participate in training programs through the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.

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Arizona Supreme Court upholds minimum wage, paid leave law

March 15, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James
Gonzalez Law, LLC

In a three-sentence order entered just before the close of business March 14, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, commonly known as Proposition 206. The unanimous ruling dashed the last remaining hope of business groups trying to block the voter initiative, which raised the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour on January 1 and mandates paid sick leave for most employees beginning July 1, 2017.

More than 58 percent of Arizona voters approved the law on the November 2016 ballot. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry led the legal challenge to the law, arguing it violated the Revenue Source Rule in the Arizona Constitution, which makes any citizen initiative that requires the expenditure of state funds specify from where the funds will come.

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Arizona Supreme Court keeps challenge to Proposition 206 alive

February 15, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James

The uncertainty surrounding Proposition 206’s mandate of a $10 minimum wage for 2017 will continue for a few more weeks, as the Arizona Supreme Court has decided to consider business groups’ challenge to the voter-approved law. After a Valentine’s Day conference, Chief Justice Scott Bales announced in a five-sentence order that the court will hear argument on one of the two issues raised by the challengers.

The court set a hearing for March 9, 2017, on whether the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act adopted by Arizona voters in November 2016 violates the Revenue Source Rule of the Arizona Constitution and, if it does, what the appropriate remedy would be. The rule requires that any citizen initiatives that require the expenditure of state funds specify from where those funds will come.

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New AZ minimum wage takes effect January 1

December 30, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James
Gonzalez Law, LLC

The minimum wage in Arizona will jump from $8.05 to $10 on January 1 as a result of the passage of Proposition 206 in November.

A last-minute barrage of litigation by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry failed to block the increase from taking effect. On December 29, the Arizona Supreme Court entered a one-sentence order refusing to put the increase on hold.

Under the new law, the minimum wage will increase each year until it reaches $12 per hour in 2020. Employers can take a tip credit of up to $3 per hour for tips earned by workers who regularly and customarily receive tips.

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