New Year, New Wage: NYS Minimum Wage Rate and Minimum Salary Level for Exempt Employees Both Set to Increase on December 31, 2016

New York State employers will ring in the New Year with increases to the hourly minimum wage rate and minimum salary level for exempt employees. The increases will take effect Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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DOL’s Changes to the FLSA Salary Test for White Collar Exemptions Expand Overtime Eligibility

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule calling for changes to the regulations governing the three white collar (executive, administrative and professional) exemptions from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  The final rule, which follows a proposed rule issued in July 2015, takes effect December 1, 2016. 

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April 2016 Budget Proposal - Wage Hike

Big changes are in store for employers in New York State.  On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation to implement scheduled wage hikes that will eventually raise New York’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over a period of several years. The amount and pace of the increase will vary based upon geographic location within the State.  The increase represents a compromise between Governor Cuomo, who sought a faster rise to the $15.00 per hour mark, and the Senate Republicans, who pushed for more time for employers to adjust to a rising wage. 

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Ban the Box or Pay the Price - Questions About Criminal History Early in the Application Process Lead to Fines

Two of the area’s largest retail stores, Marshall’s and Big Lots, made news yesterday after being fined for violating Buffalo’s Ban the Box law, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about past criminal history on employment applications.  The law is meant to help those with criminal backgrounds apply for jobs without the risk of being immediately disqualified. HSE Labor and Employment Partner Amy Hemenway spoke with WGRZ Channel 2 and WBFO 88.7 about the law’s implications. 

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NLRB Issues Revised Bench Book

On October 19, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board released a new version of its “Bench Book:  An NLRB Trial Manual.”  The updated Bench Book replaces the prior 2010 edition and can be found on the Board’s website.

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