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Wages & Hours

New OT rule coming, could approach $50K threshold

Within weeks, the Biden administration is expected to release a proposed rule that would raise the salary threshold that qualifies white-collar employees to receive overtime pay.

The other good thing about remote work: the big bucks

While San Francisco is known for having high-paying jobs, high-paying remote work opportunities now top it.

Recovery: Women’s pay increasing faster than men’s

Women, who were hardest hit in the past two years by job losses, are reaping the biggest pay raises as the current phase of the pandemic winds down, according to a new study.

Workers can’t sign away their rights to overtime

A California home care agency was ordered last month to pay $315,000 in unpaid overtime to 158 workers. The owner unlawfully required hourly workers to sign an agreement to be paid straight time for each pay period.

1st in 40 years: DOL proposes new Davis-Bacon Act rules

The Department of Labor has published a notice of proposed rulemaking that for the first time since the 1980s revises rules for administering the Davis-Bacon Act, which governs pay for private-sector employees working on government construction contracts.

How to compete with rising pay expectations

Target announced at the end of February that it was dramatically raising its minimum wage. Other large companies are also raising pay and benefits to compete for available talent. What does this mean for smaller organizations that can’t afford such lofty pay scales and benefits packages?

One-third of recent job-changers making 30% more

With new jobs come bigger paychecks for many American workers. A new survey reveals that nearly a third of workers who left their jobs during the pandemic are making at least 30% more in their new roles and almost half are making at least 10% more.

New tipped-worker 30-minute rule challenged

The Restaurant Law Center has sued the DOL to reverse a new rule requiring tipped workers who spend more than 30 consecutive minutes performing nontipped tasks to receive the full minimum wage for time exceeding 30 minutes.

Beware pay cuts that disadvantage minorities

Many employees who began working remotely two years ago decided to relocate to areas with low costs of living.  Some employers responded by cutting relocated workers’ pay—not always a popular practice, but somewhat defensible. But that calculus could trigger legal trouble, potentially affecting some protected classes of employees more than others.

3 steps toward pay transparency for new hires

More employers seeking a recruiting advantage in today’s tight labor market have started advertising exactly how much they’re paying. It might be time for you to try that bold tactic, too.