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Breaking Down the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently turned 80—an anniversary celebration that went largely unnoticed by national news media, perhaps, for good reason. Despite its past and current role in regulating working conditions and workers’ rights, many feel the law is outdated and in need of a rewrite.

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Over 80 HR Laws Take Effect on Jan. 1

Forget the champagne and confetti—HR teams have a different kind of New Year’s tradition.

Every January, states and cities across the country enact laws impacting company policies and employee wages. While the Trump administration has slowed regulations at the federal level, local activity has remained fast and furious. Over 80 new employer requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019, involving workplace issues ranging from overtime exemption to criminal history access.

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Amazon Raised Its Minimum Wage to $15. Is Your Company Next?

Score another win for the "Fight for $15" movement. Online mega-retailer Amazon delivered welcome news to employees last week, announcing that it would increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The change takes effect next month and applies to the company's more than 350,000 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees. Whole Foods, the upscale grocery chain owned by Amazon, will also be subject to the change.

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Massachusetts Passes Historic Minimum Wage, Paid Leave Law

Move over, California. With a flurry of legislative activity last month, Massachusetts has joined the select few states with both a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave program.
 

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Minneapolis To Enact $15 Minimum Wage

It’s official: the “Fight for $15” just scored its first-ever win in the Midwest.
 

Court Scraps Louisville’s $9 Minimum Wage

Doing business in different cities within a state has typically meant working through a patchwork of minimum wage laws. Not so in Kentucky. 

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D.C. Set for New $15 Minimum Wage

The “fight for fifteen” may have scored a knockout punch in the nation’s capital this week.

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New Oregon Minimum Wage Law First of Its Kind

Oregon’s new minimum wage law does more than help workers get by—its novel design sets a national precedent.

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2016 Minimum Wages Increase

With the new year comes a large number of state and local minimum wage increases. Effective January 1, 2016, fourteen states have increased their minimum wage rates, in addition to three local minimum wage rate increases. Employers with multi-state operations should become especially familiar with these changes.