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Posts from June 2014.

In the past month, a bill that would ban discrimination against unemployed job applicants has been moving through the New Jersey Legislature. Initially, two bills cleared the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees, but the Senate Bill has been substituted for the Assembly Bill. The Assembly recently passed the bill, and the Senate has not yet taken a final vote on the Assembly passed bill.

The US DOL Wage and Hour Division just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and the generally recognized official start to the summer season, released its spring regulatory agenda. On its agenda are four areas that the Division intends to issue proposed rules for that could significantly impact employers’ operations.

Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I – VT) recently joined fourteen (14) other Senators as cosponsors of the Fair Employment Protection Act of 2014. The intent of this legislation, which was introduced in the Senate on March 13, 2014, is to change the standard for holding employers vicariously liable for claims brought under federal antidiscrimination statues; an identical piece of legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on ...

As previously discussed on this blog, in recent months many state and local governments have aggressively moved to raise the minimum wage. The City of Seattle joined these ranks on Monday when its city counsel unanimously approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, the highest for any metropolis in the country. The minimum wage increase in Seattle will be phased over differing lengths of time depending on the size and type of the employer. For employers with less than 500 employees the minimum wage increase will be phased in over the next seven years, while for larger businesses and franchises the increase will be phased in over the next three years; for those businesses and franchises falling into the latter group that also offer health insurance this phasing in process will be extended to four years. The ordinance also includes an exception that allows employers to pay a lower training wage to teenagers.

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