State reimbursement laws, most recently in Illinois, add another layer to the already confusing subject of reimbursing business expenses under the FLSA and other wage-related laws.
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.
Technological advances in payroll practices might be desired by both employers and employees, but an employer should give careful consideration as to how it will address the variety of legal restrictions and administrative burdens these advances could implicate.
Employers should keep in mind that an applicable state law might affect whether a "fluctuating workweek" arrangement is permitted for workers in that jurisdiction.