On Friday, February 9, 2024, Illinois’ General Assembly introduced legislation to eliminate the tip credit in Illinois by January 1, 2025. If passed, ALL Illinois employers will be required to pay ALL their employees at least the applicable minimum wage, including employees who earn or receive tips and gratuities. This would mean that Illinois employers would no longer be able to credit the tips and gratuities their tipped employees receive towards paying them minimum wage starting on January 1, 2025. 

On January 18, 2024, the City of Chicago Office of Labor Standards (OLS) issued proposed rules, FAQs, and a Flyer for its New Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (Ordinance) effective July 1, 2024. 

California Assembly Bill 1076, passed last fall, added a new Business & Professions Code §16600.1. By February 14, 2024, California employers must notify in writing current and certain former employees that any noncompete agreement or clause to which they may be subject is void (unless it falls within one of the limited statutory exceptions). It also applies to customer non-solicitation requirements.

For H-1B visa holders, the logistics of traveling home for a wedding can be almost as challenging to plan as the wedding.

A man who traveled to India for a wedding had to remain there for weeks to get a visa to return to the US. He had to apply for the visa in India, have an interview, and then wait 3 weeks for the consulate to vet his application and return the passport with the visa foil. The waiting time caused him to postpone a major business deal.

Consulate and embassy waiting times have ballooned to eight, nine, or even twelve months in some places including Mexico and Canada – and that’s ...

Employers in each of the below states must be aware of new posters and ensure they are displayed in the workplace -- including, to the extent applicable, remote workplaces. Links to posters are provided below.

Alaska

Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Arkansas

California

2023 is now “in the books” and organized labor is likely seething at seeing their numbers drop -- once again. Despite the media headlines in 2023 about union organizing drives, strikes and “wins” at the negotiating table for a few notable companies, workers represented by a labor union dropped to an all-time low for the second straight year.

On January 23, 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released figures showing that the percentage of workers who were part of a labor union, dropped to a new low of 10% in 2023 (down from the previous record low of 10.1% in 2022). Among ...

On January 10, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule on the standard for determining who is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule is set to take effect on March 11, 2024.

Background

The FLSA provides wage and hour protections to “employees” that do not apply to “independent contractors,” including minimum wage and overtime minimums. Accordingly, misclassification of workers has been and continues to be a major focus of the DOL. In light of the potential economic impact that changes to ...

Several new changes impacting Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA) took effect on January 1, 2024. Employers with at least one employee located and working in Colorado must now comply with certain posting and notice requirements for all Colorado based employment opportunities, including for promotion opportunities. The EPEWA requirements apply only to an employer’s Colorado based employees.   

Several changes impacting employers in jurisdictions across the nation are summarized below. Read our blog below to determine if any of these laws apply to you.

California

  • California’s statewide minimum wage increased to $16.00 per hour for all employers on January 1, 2024. Some cities and counties in California have a local minimum wage that is higher than the state rate.

Illinois

  • Effective 11/17/2023 -- On November 17, 2023, Governor Pritzker Signed H.B. 3641 into law which, among other things, delays implementation of the equal pay for equal work mandate until April 1, 2024. IL ...

Amundsen Davis invites you to a webcast event on February 6, 2024 at 8:30AM CT. Join attorneys from our Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration, OSHA and Construction service groups as they highlight key issues impacting the construction industry in 2024.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Davis-Bacon and Prevailing Wage Updates
  • Inflation Reduction Act Projects
  • OSHA Updates for 2024
  • Updates to Construction Contracts

Who should attend? Construction Industry CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Accountants, Human Resource Managers, Safety Consultants, and Risk Managers.

Welcome to the Labor and Employment Law Update where attorneys from Amundsen Davis blog about management side labor and employment issues. 

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