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February 2015 Archives

Minimum wage for New York hospitality workers to increase to $7.50

Good news for New York's 229,000 tipped workers: starting Dec. 31, the minimum wage for tipped workers will increase to $7.50 an hour. State law allows businesses to pay tipped workers less than the minimum hourly wage of $8.75 if the workers can make up the difference in tips.

After 22 years, 200 million women and men have taken FMLA leave

February 2015 marks the 22nd anniversary of President Bill Clinton's signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, women and men who needed to care for their health or their families' health have used the law more than 200 million times since 1993.

Uber and Lyft drivers say they're employees, not contractors

Worker misclassification is a major issue in many employment lawsuits. Often he question is whether the worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. Workers classified as employees are afforded certain protections under the law, including workers' compensation, the minimum wage, overtime pay and the right to organize as a union. Independent contractors are not guaranteed those protections.

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