New York New $15 Fast-Food Minimum Wage

New York New $15 Fast-Food Minimum Wage

On May 7, 2015 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo instructed Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino to empanel a Wage Board to investigate and make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast-food industry. On July 22, 2015 the Fast Food Wage Board of the state of New York voted to raise the minimum wage in fast-food industry to $15 per hour. The increase will take effect incrementally in New York City ty December 31, 2018 and by July 1, 2021 for the rest of the state of New York. For New York City, the minimum wage will be increased as follows: to $10.50 on […]

The NLRB Joint-Employer Decision

The NLRB Joint-Employer Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of August 27, 2015 has broad implications, because it redefines who the employer is under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This decision involves a recycling company Browning-Ferris, whose workers brought their initial claim. Actually they were employees of a contractor and not of the parent company. The NLRB decision says that contract does not shield the parent company from responsibility to workers who work for the contractor. The so-called “joint employer’ decision has very important implications for people who work for the company but who are not considered to be employees. It affects a lot of franchise operators and […]

Undocumented Immigrants in the US Labor Pool

Undocumented Immigrants in the US Labor Pool

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are about 11 million of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.A. now. It is roughly 5% of the U.S. workforce. The number of illegal aliens declines during recession and rises during economic growth. The reason for this is quite simple – most undocumented immigrants enter the U.S. looking for a job. Federal authorities fight illegal immigration by making fewer jobs available for undocumented aliens. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) prohibits employers from hiring illegal immigrants. It applies to all employers, regardless of size and industry and provides penalties from $250 to $2,000 per each hired undocumented employee. For subsequent […]

Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay Extended to Home Care Workers

Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay Extended to Home Care Workers

On August 21, 2015 the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled in favor of the Obama administration regulations on the minimum wage rates and overtime pay to home care workers who help the elderly and disabled. This ruling ends an exemption in federal minimum wage and overtime pay for nearly two million employees. Now for profit home care agencies must pay their employees at least minimum wage as well as minimum overtime wage, i.e. for the time worked in excess of 40 hours workweek at a rate of one and one-half times their hourly rates. This issue of paying minimum wage to home care workers has a long story. […]