Other Restrictions Effective with the New Year

Elsewhere around the nation there are other laws that have taken effect with the flip of the calendar and we want to ensure you’re aware of them as well. Hairstyle or hair texture is now considered protected under New Jersey anti-discrimination laws after the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act)…

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Wage Theft Law Now Much Tougher in NJ

With Governor Phil Murphy still on vacation last week, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation into law that significantly strengthens the penalties for wage theft in New Jersey. S.1790, which Oliver signed last Friday with much fanfare, updates the New Jersey Wage Payment and Wage Hour laws by increasing penalties and enforcement activities. Under the…

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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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Miscellaneous

Amidst all this talk (and legislative activity) about increasing wages and protecting workers, We couldn’t miss the irony of a story from a few weeks reporting that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic National Committee on behalf of 40-50 “field organizers” who allege that they were denied overtime compensation and minimum…

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New York Wage Theft on Record Pace

To underscore the importance of staying on top of employment law issues, in the first 6 months of 2015, New York has collected over $18 million from employers in the state and paid those monies to employees who have alleged they were illegally denied minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits.  According to Governor Cuomo’s…

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Florida County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Florida’s Osceola County, which includes the cities of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Buenaventura Lakes, has passed an ordinance that provides for recovery of wage theft and underpayment of wages claims to be resolved without going through Florida courts.  The ordinance, approved on a 4 -1 vote, is based on a similar one in Miami-Dade County,…

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