Overtime Rates: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule

What Pay Rates Include and Can Exclude

Overtime rates received clarification when the DOL announced a Final Rule on December 12, 2019 that goes into effect January 15, 2020.

This is the first DOL substantial update in over 50 years that affects regular rate requirements. It tells employers what payment employers should include and should exclude in the time and a half, overtime pay calculation. It also greatly enables employers to offer perks and benefits to employees.

How Do Perks and Benefits Figure into Regular Pay and Overtime Rates?

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New York Unpaid Wages Lien Bill: NY Employment Defense Attorneys

Cuomo Vetoes Liens Against Employers

The Unpaid Wages Lien Bill passed by the NY State Senate and Assembly would have permitted employees to obtain liens against their employer’s real and personal property. The bill allowed for liens when employees claimed their employers owed them unpaid wages.

The intent of the Unpaid Wages Lien Bill 2844–B was to give employees more extensive rights to deal with wage theft. Specifically, the bill would have allowed them to hold shareholders of non-publicly traded corporations personally liable for wage theft. Wage theft victims would have been able to hold the ten members, who held the largest interests in a company, personally liable for wage theft.

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New York Tip Credit Law Changes

2020 Ushers in Significant Tip Credit Changes for Certain Industries
Queens New York Labor & Employment Lawyers

Tip credit law changes are part of a new law that the Governor of New York recently announced. By the end of 2020, certain “miscellaneous” industries will no longer be able to take tip credits.

Except for the agricultural, hospitality and building services industries, all New York employers in other industries will not be able to claim tip credits for their employees who receive tips.

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