Monday, January 26, 2015

That is SO last week

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced several new initiatives that employment lawyers expected:  increased minimum wage, paid sick and maternity leave, and more emphasis on equal pay for equal work.  While all employers should evaluate their pay practices to ensure compliance with already existing pay equity laws, those employers who pay minimum wage or do not confer paid leave benefits will need to watch Washington closely in the coming months, even though many predict that the President’s initiatives will fall flat with the Republican Congress.

Several states have already extended paid sick leave benefits and have raised the minimum wage, while others are contemplating these measures. Stay tuned.

In other developments: 

Wage and Hour
  • 42,000 employees of TGI Friday's won conditional certification in a class action alleging the restaurant failed to pay “side work."
  • Wisconsin joined many other states in partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor to combat worker misclassification.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff