New Jersey Proposes New Wage Definition for Tips

The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) has proposed new regulations that would revise the definition of “wages” in the Garden State to exclude “tips” from an employer’s obligation relating minimum wages. Under the proposed regulations, a “tipped employee is any employee engaged in an occupation in which he or she customarily and regularly receives…

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Miscellaneous

According to the Center for An Urban Future, the Big Apple got a little smaller in 2019 – at least if you’re measuring it by chain stores. In its twelfth annual ranking of national retailers, State of the Chains, 2019, the Center reports that New York City lost 304 store locations in the year just…

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Florida Supreme Court OKs Wage Question to Ballot

Shortly before Christmas, the Florida Supreme Court wrapped up and handed Orlando attorney/activist John Morgan a big present with its approval of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would increase the minimum wage in the Sunshine State to $15/hour in 2026. Morgan was instrumental in the drafting of the proposed amendment and has essentially been…

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New Virginia Wage Payment Statements

As we’ve been trying to advise you over the past several weeks, it is not only minimum wages that change when the New Year kicks in. On Wednesday of this week, January 1, Virginia employers became subject to a new state law that requires them to provide paystubs to employees on “each regular pay date.”…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks recently reached a $176,000 three-year settlement agreement with New York City for violating NYC employment laws by requiring employees to find their own substitutes when they took sick leave. Announcing the settlement, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and other city officials said the chain must also prominently post education posters explaining the city sick…

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Birmingham Wage Suit Dismissal Upheld

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the lower court dismissing a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law banning local minimum wages. The Birmingham City Council approved a local minimum wage ordinance back in 2016 setting the minimum wage in the city at $10.10 per hour. In response, the state legislature passed…

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California Considerations and Court Challenges

Where to begin? Well, for openers and staying with the theme of a January 1 effective date, a ban on the use of latex gloves in restaurants throughout California takes effect with arrival of the New Year. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation back in September (SB 677) making the Golden State the 7th in…

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E-Verify in Florida

A battle is brewing in the Sunshine State over a proposal endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis to mandate the use of E-Verify by all employers in the state. E-Verify has been aggressively opposed by a number of business groups who allege such a state mandate would be expensive to their bottom line and unconstitutional. An…

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Employer Liability for Marijuana Termination

Although it is still very much a developing body of law, employers must be especially cautious in the actions they take against employees who may be legally using marijuana for medical purposes. In the first state or federal decision in Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas in Scranton allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the…

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New Jersey Softening Wage Hike?

In that same vein, New Jersey legislators are set to consider the impact that minimum wage hikes and other mandates can have on small businesses, but especially in the event of an economic downturn.  Small business owner and democratic Senator Vin Gopal joined forces with republican Deputy Whip Senator Kristin Corrado to sponsor S.3607, a…

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