18 States Set to Ring in the New Year with Minimum Wage Increases

Wage Hour - social, smallExecutive Summary: With 2018 winding down, employers should be prepared for the minimum wage increases that are expected in the New Year. Even though the federal minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25 per hour since 2009, state legislatures have been active in increasing their respective minimum wage rates. In 2019, 21 states will increase their state’s minimum wage rate, with 18 of those increases taking effect on New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve. Continue reading

New York City Enacts Mandatory Minimum Wage for App-Hail Drivers

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Valerie Ferrier

Executive Summary: On December 4, 2018, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) adopted rules mandating a minimum wage for app-hailed drivers. According to the TLC, approximately 80,000 affected drivers stand to earn an average of $10,000 more per year. FordHarrison recently wrote about the New York City Council’s (“the Council”) adoption of a suite of regulations targeting the app-hail industry: https://www.fordharrison.com/new-york-city-considering-mandatory-minimum-wage-for-app-hail-driversContinue reading

DOL Currently Surveying Wages Paid to Construction Workers in North Carolina

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Kristin Gray

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) is currently conducting a survey seeking information from employers on wages paid to construction workers in 46 metropolitan North Carolina counties on all active building projects.  The DOL is seeking this information to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (“DBRA”). Continue reading

2019 Minimum Wage Increases

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Russell Jackson

With the November election results (finally) in the rear view, businesses should be prepared to comply with upcoming minimum wage increase obligations, including increases resulting from the election.  Specifically, companies with operations in Arkansas and Missouri must be aware that in the recent election, voters chose to increase their state minimum wage rates as of January 1, 2019.  Arkansas increased its minimum wage from $8.50/hour to $9.25/hour on January 1, 2019 and will increase the rate to $11.00/hour by January 1, 2021.  Missouri voters approved an increase from $7.85/hour to $8.60/hour on January 1, 2019 and to $12.00/hour over the next five years.  Continue reading

U.S. Department of Labor Forms FLSA Outreach Office

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Mike Bayonne

U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, recently formed the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new Office of Compliance Initiatives (“OCI”).  The stated purpose of the OCI, according to the DOL’s website, is in part to “promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans’ wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits.”  To this end, the OCI focuses on education to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Continue reading