The Connecticut minimum wage went up from $7.65 an hour to $8.00 an hour on January 1, 2009. That represents a hike of 35 cents per hour.
Some of the states where the minimum wage follows the inflation rate are Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Florida. By contrast, New Mexico, like Connecticut, increases its minimum wage rate by statute. In New Mexico, the state minimum wage increased from $6.50 to $7.50 an hour on January 1, 2009, a hike of $1 per hour – by far the highest of the new year.
As in many other states, administrative, executive, and professional employees are exempt under the Connecticut state overtime and minimum wage laws. The relevant law in this case is Section 31-60-14,15,16 of the Administrative Regulations.
There is also an exception under the Connecticut minimum wage for minors working in agriculture or government. They are entitled to a reduced minimum wage that amounts to $6.80 per hour. In other words, they are only entitled to 85% of the state’s minimum wage. Minors working (more…)
In charge of making that change is the Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Director Todd Smith said that in August of 2008, the Department predicted an increase of 40 cents for 2009/
That prediction has become a reality. The Missouri minimum wage, pegged to the cost of living, went up precisely 40 cents on January 1, 2009, increasing from $6.65 to $7.05 an hour. According to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, last year’s increase was a mere 15 cents per hour. The much higher rise in the cost of living has driven the dramatic increase in the Missouri minimum wage rate.
Those businesses that earn less than a half-million dollars annually (more…)
Employers have already been warned that the state minimum wage will increase with the new year in Oregon, Washington, Florida, New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Connecticut.
However, employers in other states also have to contend with minimum wage increases this year.
Even if an employer has no minimum wage employees, each increase means the employer must update his or her minimum wage posters. By law, employers are required to display a variety of labor law posters prominently in the workplace. Failure to do so can result in fines, penalties and citations.
A significant change to the FMLA regulations affects how employers must track FMLA leave. This is the fourth in a continuing series of articles on the new FMLA regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, which go into effect on January 16, 2009.
Under the old regulations, an employer had to track FMLA leave using the shortest period of time that their payroll system could track. If the payroll system rounded to the quarter-hour, the employer was required to permit the employee to use 45 minutes of FMLA leave, or 2.25 hours of FMLA leave, on a particular day.
Under the 2009 regulations, employers may track FMLA leave using the shortest increment that the employer uses to track other forms of leave, such as (more…)
Employers who serve alcohol at company-sponsored events may be liable, if an employee chooses to drive under the influence and causes an accident, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some companies have been held liable for fatal accidents when the courts ruled that employees attended the parties within the scope of their employment.
When parties are held on work premises, or during work hours, an employee who is injured may be eligible for workers’ compensation. This is true whether the party is officially sanctioned or a spontaneous gathering of coworkers.
In one extreme example, a Chicago-area boutique employee suffered a spinal injury at a holiday party in a local bar. The employee was dancing with her boss’ husband when the inebriated man tried to lift her off the floor and twirl her around. He dropped the employee, who hit her head on the floor. Because the accident occurred at a company-sponsored event, the court ruled that it was “within the scope of employment” and the worker collected a multi-million-dollar workers’ comp settlement.