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September 15, 2023

Nearly Every Employee in Portland, Maine Entitled to Hazard Pay Due to Hurricane Lee Emergency Declaration

On September 14, 2023, Maine Governor Janet Mills declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Lee’s anticipated landfall on the Pine Tree state, triggering a costly hazard pay measure for nearly all employers in Portland.

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September 12, 2023

New California Fast Food Worker Law Would Raise the Minimum Wage, Establish a “Fast Food Council,” and No Longer Fund the Industrial Welfare Commission

Proposed legislation would create a new “Fast Food Council” with limited authority to recommend employment regulations, set $20/hr minimum wage for workers in this industry, and allow the IWC to remain de-funded.

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August 30, 2023

DOL Proposes to Significantly Increase the Minimum Salary Level to Qualify for the “White Collar” Overtime Exemptions

On August 30, 2023, the DOL released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations applicable to executive, administrative, and professional employees.

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August 15, 2023

Dear Littler: How Do Restaurants Without Table Service Handle Tips?

We’re moving to a new online payment platform, which includes an option for customers to include tips in varying amounts. We’re new to dealing with tips, and not sure how this will impact our pay practices. Who do the tips go to?

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July 14, 2023

Maine Legislative Roundup: New Employment Laws Were Enacted This Session

The First Special Session of the 131st Maine Legislature included debate about more than 2,000 bills. Many that were adopted will impact employers in the Pine Tree State.

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July 7, 2023

Key Provisions of the UK’s New Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023

The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill received Royal Assent in May, becoming the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023, and is expected to come into force in May 2024.

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July 7, 2023

Legal Challenge to FLSA 80/20 Rule Headed Back to Fifth Circuit

On July 6, 2023, a federal court in Texas rejected a challenge to the United States Department of Labor’s 80/20 Rule, which applies to employers that take a tip credit toward their minimum wage obligation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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June 26, 2023

July Is the New January: The Pace of New State Laws Heats Up

For the past several years, we have reported on employment and labor laws taking effect mid-year. Increasingly, new compliance challenges are not taking a summer vacation.

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May 31, 2023

As Temperatures Rise, So Do Minimum Wage, Tipped, and Exempt Employee Pay Rates Across the United States

It’s time again for our mostly rates-only update that summarizes scheduled state- and local-level wage increases throughout the summer and fall of 2023, along with some rate changes that occurred in 2023 before publication.

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May 26, 2023

Evanston, Illinois Establishes a Fair Workweek Ordinance

Evanston, Illinois' Fair Workweek Ordinance will require covered employers to provide a written good-faith estimate of work schedules and premium pay for changes.

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