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Multi-state employers: Be prepared for July 1 minimum wage increases

On July 1, 2019, the minimum wage will increase in several locations throughout the country. While the federal minimum wage has remained $7.25 per hour since July 2009, many states, cities and counties have adopted their own minimum wage laws which provide for a higher rate. In areas where minimum wage laws overlap, employees are entitled to receive the highest applicable rate.

The following minimum wage increases will become effective July 1, 2019:



  • Alameda, California: $13.50 per hour
  • Berkeley, California: $15.59 per hour
  • Emeryville, California: $16.30 per hour for all businesses (the rate is no longer differentiated by

Wage and Hour Division announces pilot limited “amnesty” program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced a new nationwide pilot program, called the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which is designed to facilitate resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the WHD’s website describing the program, the program’s primary objectives are to resolve wage and hour claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations and to ensure that more employees promptly receive any owed back wages.

WHD states that it will implement this pilot program …

Minimum wage exemptions upheld in Ohio Supreme Court case

A divided Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio’s minimum wage law exempts employees engaged in an executive, administrative or professional capacity, or as outside salespersons, summer camp employees, fishing employees, small publication employees and family farm employees. In Haight v. Minchak, No. 2016-Ohio-1053, two sales representatives challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s minimum wage statute (R.C. 4111.14)—arguing that the definition of employee in R.C. 4111.14(B)(1) conflicts with the definition in the Ohio Constitution. The Court held that the definitions did not conflict.

John Haight and Christopher Pence were sales representatives for Cheap Escape Company. They were paid by commissions plus …

Appellate Court throws exemptions to minimum wage laws in Ohio out the window

A divided Montgomery County Court of Appeals has determined that the Ohio minimum wage statute unconstitutionally restricted the definition of “employee” in the Ohio constitution and declared the law invalid, thereby eliminating exemptions to Ohio’s minimum wage laws.

John Haight and Christopher Pence were employed as advertising salespeople for Cheap Escape Company dba JB Dollar Stretcher, which published a coupon magazine and website for electronic coupons, and were paid mostly through commissions. In 2012, Haight and Pence sued Cheap Escape alleging they were employees of Cheap Escape and that the company failed to pay them minimum wages each week. Cheap …

Secretary of Labor announces proposed rules for minimum wage for federal contractors

The Secretary of Labor announced proposed regulations raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. This new requirement applies to: (1) construction contracts covered by the Davis-Bacon Act (but not those covered only by the Davis-Bacon Related Acts); (2) procurement and nonprocurement contracts exceeding $2,500 covered by the Service Contract Act; (3) concession contracts with the federal government; and (4) contracts to provide services to federal employees, their dependents, or the general public on federal property. These proposed regulations implement Executive Order 13658, which we reported on previously. Interested parties can submit written comments …

Updates for Federal Contractors: New Minimum Wage Coming Soon; New Required Form for Self-Identification of Disability Published by OFCCP.

Those of you who watched President Obama’s State of the Union Address know he announced that he will establish by Executive Order a minimum wage of $10.10 for all federal contractors and subcontractors. A proposal backed by the White House is currently pending in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all employers from $7.25 to $10.10.  There is strong opposition to the proposed law. The President’s anticipated Executive Order does not need Congressional approval because it will not impact all employers, just those who have federal contracts or subcontracts. Until a draft Executive Order is proposed, we will …

State Minimum Wage Increases for 2014

Come Jan. 1, 2014, the federal minimum wage rate will remain at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. As of Jan. 1, 2013, 19 states and the District of Columbia had minimum wage rates higher than the federal minimum wage rate. In 2014, not only will that number grow to 20 states, but a number will see their minimum wage rates increase further.

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Minimum Wage for Ohio Employers Increases January 1, 2013

As we begin the final quarter of 2012, employers are reminded that effective January 1, 2013, Ohio’s minimum wage rate will increase by $.15 cents per hour, from $7.70 to $7.85 for non-tipped employees and by $.08 cents per hour, from $3.85 per hour to $3.93 per hour, excluding tips. The increased minimum wage applies to Ohio employers with annual gross receipts exceeding $288,000 per year, which is up from last year’s $283,000 threshold.

Exclusions from the Ohio Minimum Wage Law
Ohio employers with 2012 annual gross receipts less than $288,000 are excluded from Ohio’s minimum wage requirements; however, they …

DOL Regulations Set To Take Effect May 5

As we advised last month, several changes initiated by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division’s new regulations are set to take effect on May 5, 2011. On that date, the maximum federal tip credit will increase from $4.42 an hour to $5.12. That means that, under federal law, an employer can pay a tipped employee $5.12 less than the minimum wage so long as the individual’s overall compensation equals at least the legal minimum wage. In addition, the DOL’s finding that "bonus and premium payments . . . are incompatible with the fluctuating workweek method" may impact how some …

DOL Wage-and-Hour Division Issues New Regulations

On April 5, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published new regulations. Among other changes, the WHD raised the maximum federal tip credit from $4.42 an hour to $5.12. That means that, under federal law, an employer can pay a tipped employee $5.12 less than the minimum wage so long as the individual’s overall compensation equals at least the legal minimum wage.

Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is what the WHD did not do in issuing the regulations. In its 2008 proposed rules, which were issued during the Bush Administration, the WHD indicated that it was considering …

Ohio Minimum Wage Changes

Effective January 1, 2009, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase to $7.30/hour generally and $3.65/hour for tipped employees (plus tips). 

The state minimum wage will briefly change to $6.55/hour for employers grossing $267,000 or less per year and employees who are 14 or 15 years of age. On July 24, 2009, pursuant to an increase in the federal minimum wage, the Ohio minimum wage increases to $7.25 per hour those employees whose employers gross $267,000 or less and 14 & 15 year olds.…

Court Finds That Immigrant Workers’ Transportation and Visa Expenses Must Be Taken Into Account For Minimum Wage Purposes

A recent wage-and-hour case illustrates the effect payroll deductions can have on minimum wage compliance. In Rivera v. Brickman Group, Ltd., No. 05-1518 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 7, 2008), a company brought Guatemalan and Mexican workers to the United States for seasonal employment under H-2B visas. Although the workers were paid amounts that appeared to be above the minimum wage, the company failed to take into account certain travel expenses and other employment-related costs incurred by the workers – expenses that reduced the workers’ earnings below minimum wage levels.

In particular, the court found that transportation expenses, costs involved in obtaining visas, …

Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increases In 2008

Ohio employers should be aware that the minimum wage is about to increase yet again. The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase to $7.00 per hour on January 1, 2008 – a 15 cent increase over the 2007 minimum wage. The minimum wage for tipped employees will rise from $3.43 to $3.50 per hour, so long as employees earn a total of $7.00 per hour once wages and tips are combined. 

These new minimum wages apply to employees over 16 years of age whose employers gross more than $255,000 annually. For employees younger than 16 and …