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December 2017 Archives

Should National Minimum Wage Standards Vary By Region?

The first minimum wage law was passed in Massachusetts in 1912. Since that time, the legality, logistics, and effectiveness of a minimum wage have been hotly debated. There is a new push to change the one-size-fits-all minimum wage regulations in favor of a more flexible, and possibly more effective, regional minimum wage.

The Trump Administration's Department of Labor Is Changing The Way Employers Distribute Tips and Restaurant Workers Aren't Happy

Recently proposed changes to the handling of tip distribution may create major issues for restaurant employees. In July of this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its intention to reverse current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules expressly prohibiting the pooling of tips with anyone other than a valid pool of other tipped employees. These regulations, which went into effect in 2011 under the Obama administration, clearly designate tips as the property of the employees who earned them. As such, employers are prohibited from using this money for anything other than minimum wage tip credit.

Constitution Revision Proposal Could Require E-Verifcation By Florida Employers

A controversial proposal regarding employee verification methods in Florida has just moved one step closer to appearing on the 2018 ballot. A Florida Constitution Revision Commission panel voted unanimously to back proposal P29. If passed, it would require all Florida employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Employment Authorization Program, also called E-Verify, to confirm that all new hires are eligible for employment in the United States.

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