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Forcing The Issue? President Obama To Issue Executive Order To Increase The Minimum Wage For Workers Under Federal Contracts

The White House Issue issued an official press release today detailing President Obama’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers. Through Congress, President Obama has attempted for months to increase the Federal minimum wage for all employees entitled to the minimum wage, without success. President Obama thus decided to use his […]

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Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.93 an hour

Overview On January 1, 2014, the Florida minimum wage will increase from $7.79 an hour to $7.93 an hour.  This is due to a Florida law that mandates an increase in the Florida minimum wage based on inflation. If an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the […]

Overtime Pay and Minimum Wage Protection Extended to Direct Care Workers

The home health care industry scored a victory this week as the United States Department of Labor entered a Final Rule on September 17, 2013 extending the minimum wage and overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to direct care workers. Direct care workers are workers who typically provide home care services, such […]

Calculating Overtime Pay Under the Fluctuating Workweek Method

Overtime Pay Overview Generally, employees are entitled to overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 hours per workweek under the Fair Labor Standards Act, notwithstanding exemptions for administrative, executive, creative, highly compensated, and certain computer employees. Salaried Employees May Be Entitled to Overtime Pay A common misconception is that an employee is automatically exempt […]

Apple Sued by Former Employees for Unpaid Wages

Two former Apple employees have filed a collective action lawsuit against the global technology giant for unpaid wages and unpaid overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, amongst various state labor laws. The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in the Northern District of California on behalf of the two named plaintiffs, as […]

Striking of DOMA Likely to Affect Federal Employment Laws

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. DOMA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, prevented same-sex couples, whose marriages were recognized by their home state, from receiving benefits available to other married couples under federal law.  Section 3 […]

Florida Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

The unemployment rate in Florida continued to decline as it dropped to 7.2% in April 2013, the lowest rate in the state since September 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor.  The unemployment rate has decreased each month since the unemployment rate reached a high of 11.9% in December 2009. Employment in South […]

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