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Remember that f**king fire drill?

Back in 2016, the United States Department of Labor proposed a rule that would have made millions of workers eligible to earn overtime for the first time by raising the salary-level that exempts certain individuals from overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

And employers panicked. Many businesses converted salaried employees to hourly. Others got raises. Some received both. It was a mess. The only happy people were the employment lawyers.

But, then a federal judge in Texas entered a nationwide injunction against the proposed DOL rule, and everything went away, except those raises and pay changes that you could exactly stuff back into the tube of toothpaste.

Welcome to Round Two

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On Wednesday, I blogged about how Democrats in the U.S. Senate were introducing a new bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour.

Yesterday, the State of New Jersey completed a roadmap to a $15/hr minimum wage in the Garden State. Continue reading

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For nearly ten years, from September 1, 1997 through July 23, 2007, the federal minimum wage was $5.15 per hour. Three times in the following two years, the minimum wage rose, settling in at $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009. The minimum wage has remained $7.25 since then.

That might change soon. Continue reading

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In a 14-3 vote last week, Philadelphia City Council approved sweeping changes to the ways local employers can schedule work, hire new employees, and pay their workers.

It’s kind of a big deal.

And with Mayor Kenney chomping at the bit to sign the legislation, here’s what employers need to know about Philadelphia’s New Fair Workweek rules. Continue reading

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I just finished binging the first season of Narcos: Mexico on Netflix, which was awesome! Set in the 1980s, the show explores the growth of the cartel drug trade in Mexico. During one of the episodes, some of the main drug dealers discuss how it is inevitable that marijuana will become legalized.

And how right they were! Continue reading

“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”