03/29/2016 - In 19 states, local governments are now forbidden from raising wages for their lowest-paid workers. Idaho became the latest state to pass such a law, prohibiting local lawmakers from raising city minimum wages.
Employers are required to provide new moms with time and a private place -- besides the bathroom -- to pump or breastfeed during work hours. Read more about Nursing Moms at Work.
An increasing number of professionals are interested in opportunities outside the U.S. And it's not the typical globetrotter - young and unattached - looking for work overseas. So don't rule yourself out. Check here your Salary Overseas.
09/01/16 - A voter initiative raising the state minimum to $12 an hour by 2020 will be on the November general election ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The initiative would increase the minimum wage next year to $10 an hour and then to $12 by 2020. It also would require large employers to provide five days of sick time a year and small employers three days.
09/01/16 - Illinois requires employers to provide employees the ability to use employer provided personal sick leave benefits for absences due to the illness, injury or medical appointment of their immediate family. The Employee Sick Leave Act takes effect January 1, 2017.
08/31/16 - Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have gradually raised the state's current minimum wage of $8.38 to $15 by 2021. He said the bill "would trigger an escalation of wages that will make doing business in New Jersey unaffordable." The veto means that Democratic leaders will again turn to the ballot to let voters decide whether the state should move toward a $15 minimum wage.
07/11/16 - Large racial and gender wage gaps in the U.S. remain, even as they have narrowed in some cases over the years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Last year the average hourly wages for black and Hispanic men were $15 and $14, respectively, compared with $21 for white men. Only the hourly earnings of Asian men ($24) outpaced those of white men
The hourly earnings of Asian and white women ($18 and $17, respectively) were higher than those of black and Hispanic women ($13 and $12, respectively) – and also higher than those of black and Hispanic men.
03/07/16 - Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” provides up to seven days of paid sick leave annually for federal contractors and subcontractors. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that it strives to publish a final rule by September 30, 2016, according to Lexology, and it will take effect for certain contracts and subcontracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017.
01/27/16 - More than 20 cities have paid sick leave rulings. Spokane, Wa has become the next city to pass a paid sick leave law. The new law will become effective on January 1, 2017.
There are exceptions to employment at will. Do you know your right on this part? You can't be terminated on basis of your race or gender. And 38 states regulate dismissals by so called implied contracts. Find out more at dismissal rights.
09/23/16 - Twenty-one states are challenging the U.S. Labor Department in court in an effort to stop or delay the impending increases to the dollar-amount thresholds for most of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called "white collar" exemptions. The new legislation provides overtime pay to low paid managers, who currently don't qualify for that. At the moment, under the federal law, if an employee makes at least $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - their employer doesn't have to pay them overtime. The new policy raises that bar to $47,476 annually or $913 per week for a full time worker. This new salary threshold will become effective on December 1, 2016.
08/27/16 - Apple, Facebook. and General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female chief executive officer, are among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. The agreement signed by 29 companies on Friday includes an annual review of pay by gender at each company, and an examination of hiring and promotion practices for unconscious bias and barriers to women reaching higher-level jobs.
09/01/16 - Millions of Americans signed contracts with noncompete agreements they probably didn't understand. And they are not well paid executives with knowledge of trade secrets.
15 % of workers without a 4-year college degree are subject to noncompetes, and 14% of workers earning less than $40,000 have noncompetes. Most of these workers are locked into low-paying jobs until they can make enough money to move to another city or can suspend their careers for a year to let the noncompete run out.
Illinois prohibited noncompetes for low wage workers. Oklahoma and North Dakota passed laws making noncompetes unenforceable. California, Idaho and Oregon only allow noncompetes under special circumstances, but legislation stalled in Washington and Texas seems to use noncompetes as a tactic to lock low wage workers into jobs without future.
So, check your contract! Don't let a company steal your future!
Source: SeattleTimes, White House
06/22/16 - LinkedIn published a list of 40 companies that job seekers most want to work at and that are the best at retaining them. The top company in the US? Google. The first 10 in the US are all tech-related and all big names, including Salesforce, Facebook, Apple and Amazon in the top five.
06/09/16 - Forbes launched their annual U.S. best and worst paying jobs. Anaesthesiologists kept their reign and they are not specialists that land on the best paid job list. Medical and dental professions dominate the top 10, with surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists and orthodontists rounding out the top 5 with salaries over $200K annually. The one non-medical role to crack the top 10 is CEO. Returning as the worst paying job is fast food cook with around $20K per year. Preparation and service workers, shampooers, dish washers, counter attendants, cashiers, ushers, and dining room and cafeteria attendants all make the list with similarly paltry wages. Check our salary calculator for more details on all wages.
02/20/2016 - Vermont passed recently legislation that will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave during a 12 month period. After that first year employers will be required to provide employees with 40 hours (or 5 days) of paid sick leave. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Read more on Vermont's Paid Sick Leave.