What’s (Going) Up with Employee Pay? Part IV

While significant attention has been paid to the Cuomo Administration’s decision to unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers in the so-called “Fast Food” industry, New York employers must not lose sight of the following previously-enacted increases that will take effect on December 31, 2015:

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What’s (Going) Up with Employee Pay? Part III

President Obama raised the minimum wage and paid sick leave allowance for employees working under federal contracts and subcontracts. As these changes are due to take effect in 2016 and 2017, employers should begin preparing for them to avoid incurring liability for unpaid wages. 

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What’s (Going) Up with Employee Pay? Part II

New York became the first state to set a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers. To expand that industry-specific pay hike, Governor Cuomo created the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice to back efforts aimed at providing a $15 minimum wage for all employees in the State. 

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What’s (Going) Up with Employee Pay? Part I

This year we have seen an unprecedented exercise of federal and state Executive Branch power to unilaterally increase private sector employee wages and other compensation.  These measures portend a fundamental change the role of the Executive Branch in the labor market.

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New York Extends Permissible Wage Deduction Law for Another Three Years

On October 26, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill authorizing a three-year extension of the 2012 amendments to New York Labor Law Section 193, related to permissible deductions from employee wages. The 2012 amendments, which were set to expire on November 5, 2015, will now remain in effect until November 6, 2018 (the new expiration date).  In light of the extension, employers should continue to comply with the Commissioner of Labor regulations issued in 2013, which define the wage deduction process employers must follow, particularly with respect to the recoupment of wage advances and overpayments. 

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