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July 23, 2021

DOL Releases Proposed Rule on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

On July 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to implement and enforce Executive Order 14026, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” was published in the Federal Register.

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July 22, 2021

Maine Legislative Update: Back to Work Incentives, Ban the Box, Tip Minimum, and Other Developments Affecting Employers

In a special session that ended on July 19, 2021, the Maine legislature enacted several new laws that will significantly impact almost all employers in the Pine Tree state. This article briefly summarizes key measures considered this session.

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July 16, 2021

Did Your Business Pay Break Premiums AND Bonuses? California Has A Penalty For That, Too

The California Supreme Court has rejected the longstanding view that meal and rest break premiums are paid at the employee’s base rate, rather than at the more complicated regular rate of pay used to calculate overtime premiums.

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July 12, 2021

Employment Highlights from Oregon’s Active 2021 Legislative Session

June 2021 culminated in the elimination of COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon and significant changes to the state’s employment laws during the 2021 legislative session.

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July 12, 2021

Pennsylvania Repeals Rule Increasing Salary Threshold for White Collar Exemption and Restores State Law Exemptions to 1968 FLSA Standards

As a result of a compromise reached during recent budget negotiations, Pennsylvania repealed an administrative rule that would have substantially increased the salary threshold needed to qualify as an exempt EAP employee under the state minimum wage act.

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July 8, 2021

Maine’s Highest Court Finds Portland Hazard Pay Ordinance Constitutional, But Not Effective Until 2022

Employers in Portland, Maine received long-awaited clarity Tuesday regarding a November 2020 voter referendum raising the city’s minimum wage and instituting hazard pay during states of emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 1, 2021

Chicago Amends Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Implements New Wage Theft Protections

On June 25, 2021, the Chicago City Council passed Ordinance No. O2021-2182, part of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chi Biz Strong Initiative.

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June 23, 2021

DOL Proposal to Resurrect 80/20 Rule for Tipped Employees Fails to Alleviate Longstanding Industry Concerns

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. DOL published a notice of proposed rulemaking, which reverses course from a December 2020 final rule and seeks to resurrect the so-called “80/20 Rule” that governs how tipped employees must be paid under the FLSA.

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June 21, 2021

Pandemic-Born Rules: Nevada’s Newest Employment Laws

In its 81st Session, the Nevada Legislature passed and Governor Sisolak signed into law approximately 140 pieces of new legislation. This article highlights key labor and employment laws that will soon take effect, or already are in effect.

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June 17, 2021

Colorado Supreme Court Finds Policies Requiring Forfeiture of Earned Vacation Unlawful

On June 14, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Nieto v. Clark’s Market, holding that company policies that provide for the forfeiture of earned vacation pay are unenforceable under Colorado law.

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