In addition to the minimum wage increase, Massachusetts employers must comply with two less flashy, but more administratively burdensome, changes.
Here is a handy summary of the minimum wage increases applicable to most employers in the coming year.
The concept of "fair" workweeks, scheduling, etc., while primarily a local-government endeavor, is causing a national headache. Given the breadth and complexity, let alone variety, of these provisions, employers must invest in getting to know the specifics of each jurisdiction and, just as importantly, training front-line managers.
Employers often have pay plans detailing the events that trigger an employee's entitlement to commission payments. A recent Seventh Circuit decision serves as a reminder that employers should closely consider the particular position when doing so.
Employers must take into account the wage-hour requirements and restrictions of all jurisdictions in which they employ tipped workers, as well as how these provisions interact with the FLSA's requirements.
Employers should keep in mind that an applicable state law might affect whether a "fluctuating workweek" arrangement is permitted for workers in that jurisdiction.
Employers should review our summary chart to be sure that they are aware of applicable state minimum-wage increases for 2017.
South Carolina employers' preparations for changes in the FLSA's "white collar" exemption regulations must take into account the state's law requiring advance notice of modifications in an employee's pay plan.
Those who employ workers in New Hampshire should be aware of the state's revised wage regulations.
Be sure you are aware of all applicable state and local minimum-wage increases for 2016.