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August 25, 2006

A Rising Tide for the Smallest Boats: The Minimum Wage Increases in California and Elsewhere

Note: Governor Schwarzenegger signed A.B. 1835 on September 12, 2006In a policy decision driven as much

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August 8, 2006

Chicago's Living Wage Ordinance: A Sign of What is to Come?

OverviewAfter weeks of harried lobbying, grassroots protests and dueling full-page newspaper ads, the

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July 12, 2006

California Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of "Discharge" Triggering Immediate Payment of Final Wages

In a major decision in Smith v. Superior Court (L'Oreal USA, Inc.), No. S129476 (July 10, 2006),

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May 23, 2006

Change in Minimum Wage Rate Jeopardizes the Exempt Status of Thousands of Michigan Employees

OverviewNew legislation increasing Michigan's minimum wage rate could result in hundreds of thousands

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April 28, 2006

Court Invalidates Collective Bargaining Exemption to California's Meal Period Rules

In its recent decision in Bearden v. U.S. Borax, Inc., No. B182625 (Apr. 7, 2006) the California Court

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April 27, 2006

The May 1 Immigration Demonstrations - What Can An Employer Do?

On May 2, 2006, numerous newspapers will likely run the following headline: "Thousands Demonstrate over

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April 13, 2006

Federal Court Affirms Legality of Deducting Credit Card Processing Fees From Servers' Tips

A federal District Court in Illinois recently confirmed that a restaurant has the legal right to deduct

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March 13, 2006

California Supreme Court to Decide Issues Concerning Meal and Rest Periods and Reimbursement of Expenses

Underscoring the increasing prominence of wage and hour issues, the California Supreme Court has agreed

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November 18, 2005

To Pay or Not to Pay: Supreme Court Holds That Time Spent Traveling To And From Work Areas to "Don and Doff" Protective Gear Is Compensable

In a recent consolidated opinion, IBP, Inc., v. Alvarez, No. 03-1238, and Tum v. Barber Foods, Inc .,

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November 18, 2005

To Deduct or Not to Deduct Exempt Employee Absences During Weather Emergencies

In two recently released opinion letters, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor

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