Cuomo Creates New York “Payroll Police”

He may not have named it that, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was pretty clear that policing employer payrolls will be a primary goal of his new 200 member enforcement force.  This week, the governor announced the creation of the Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit, a new state agency that will be comprised…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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EEOC Clarifies Wellness Programs

There has long been a conflict on wellness programs between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – with employers caught in the crossfire. It would appear that at long last, EEOC has clarified the provisions as relates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination…

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Arizona Minimum Wage Injunction Rejected

Speaking of the SEIU efforts to raise minimum wages across the country, a legal effort to block the voter approved wage hike in Arizona from taking effect on Sunday has been dismissed by the court.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected several arguments put forth by a number of Chambers of Commerce that…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Upheld

It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Next Week

At the risk of belaboring the pending increases in minimum wages across the country, we felt it important to again remind our subscribers of the wage hikes that will become effective next weekend.  Those states with new minimum wages taking effect January 1, 2017 include: Alaska – $9.80              …

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law

In one of the few bipartisan actions occurring in Washington, DC in quite some time, the President and Congress agreed to legislation this week that allows for small employers with less than 50 full-time employees or FTEs to offer a new type of general purpose stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for their employees.  The bill…

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Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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