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Minimum wage and overtime protection will extend to home care workers, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants. The protection will extend to all direct care workers employed by home care agencies and other third parties starting January 1st. 2015.

15 US cities passed their own paid sick leave ordinances that will provide private employees working in those cities with paid sick leave. Find here an overview of the latest approved city paid sick laws and the dates when they will become effective:

Passaic, NJ January 1, 2015

East Orange, NJ: January 6, 2015

Irvington: January 7, 2015

Paterson, NJ: January 7, 2015

Oakland, Ca: March 2, 2015

Montclair, NJ: March 4, 2015

Trenton, NJ: March 4, 2015

Health and Safety: New Reporting Requirements

Starting January 1, 2015 your employer will be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. See more at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Oklahoma Tribes Hike Minimum Wages

Cherokee Nation: $9.50

Chickasaw Nation: $9.00 ($1.75 more than federal level of $7.25)

Osage Nation: $11.50

Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe: $9.00 ($1.75 more than federal level of $7.25)

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: $10.50

Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized tribes are exempt from state law because of their sovereign nature and can raise therefor their minimum wage, despite legislation to prevent increases. Source: OklahomaWatch 

Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon said Oct. 15th that the company plans to pay all its workers a higher rate than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. He didn't say how much more. The announcement came as hundreds of Walmart workers protested in four cities, demanding full time jobs and a minimum wage of $15 per hour. Walmart is the country's largest private employer.

Gap and IKEA Raise Minimum Wage

Gap raised the companies minimum wage to $9 per hour starting June 2014, and to $10 in June 2015.The change applies to all Gap brands in the US, such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperline and Athleta.

Ikea plans to raise its minimum wage from $9.17 an hour to $10.76 starting January 1. The increase will affect about half of the 11,000 employees at its 38 US stores.

A starting flight attendant earns about $3195 per month. Are you paid enough? Find out. Take our Salary Calculator.

Oklahoma Bans Local Minimum Wage Hikes

Oklahoma cities and towns are banned from raising the local minimum wage under a new state law. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the measure April 14, 2014. The new law also bars localities from requiring that employees receive a certain number of sick or vacation days, either paid or unpaid.

President Obama said in his annual State of the Union that women deserve equal pay for equal work, but he fell short of directly addressing the gender pay gap with an executive order. He merely called on Congress, the White House, and business to "come together to give every woman the opportunity she deserves."

Compare rulings on paid sick leave, maternity leave and unemployment globally with our map of global labor laws.

More States Ban Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Ten states — Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin — have passed laws that ban all cities and counties from enacting paid sick days bills, according to the Economic Policy Institute

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Are you entitled to overtime pay? If you are covered by the Fair Labor Standard Act your overtime pay can never be lower than your hourly rate! But: the act doesn't limit the total number of hours worked in overtime. Check your overtime pay rights.

Coming in 2014:
St.Petersburg, Fl - Members Florida Public Service Union 12/29/2014: $12.50 

New York - 12/31/2014: $8.75

2015:

January 1st

Alaska: $8.75

Arizona: $8.05

Arkansas: $7.50

Colorado: $8.23

Connecticut: $9.15

Federal: $10.10 for all federal (sub)contractors

Florida: $8.05

Hawaii: $7.75

Maryland: $8.00

Massachusetts: $9.00

Missouri: $7.65

Montana: $8.05

Multnomah County, Ore: $13

Nebraska: $8.00

New Jersey: $8.38 

Ohio: $8.10

Oregon: $9.25

Philadelphia city (sub) contractors: $12.00

Rhode Island: $9.00

San Diego: 9.75

San Francisco $11.05

South Dakota: $8.50

Vermont: $9.15

Washington: $9.47

West Virginia: $8.00

After January

Oakland, Ca: $12.25 by March 1st

San Francisco: $12.25 by May 1st

Delaware: $8.25 by June 1st

Chicago, IL: $10.00 by July 1st

Multnomah County, Ore: $14 by July 1st

Washington D.C.: 10.50 by July 1st

Minnesota: $8.00/7.25 by August 1st

Berkeley, Ca: $11 by Oct. 1st

New York: $9.00 by Dec. 31

2016 and onwards:

Alaska: $9.75 by Jan 2016

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

California $10 by 2016

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Delaware $8.25 by June 2016

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Maryland to $10.10 by 2018 

Massachusetts to $11 by 2017

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Minnesota to $9.50 by 2016

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by 2016

Nebraska to $9.00 by Jan 2016

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

West Virginia to $8.75 by 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by 2016

In 2011 New York passed the nation's first Domestic Workers Protection Law. Hawaii followed in 2013. California was the next state in 2014 and Massachusetts is the fourth this year. 

The United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave. The Labor Department is awarding half a million dollars to help feasible studies on new paid leave policies. See the accompanying video at our Maternity section.

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Expansion Overtime Pay

President Obama wants to review the overtime pay regulations. Several million fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” are exempt from overtime pay, because they earn $455 per week or more. Mr. Obama wants to increase that salary level, because the threshold of $455 is under today's poverty line for a worker to support a family of four. Find out more about who is covered or exempt for Overtime Pay.

Find out what prices are in your neighbourhood and we will tell you your living wage.

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.

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.

Santa has quite a unique skill set, including roles as reindeer sled pilote, manager of the world's largest toy factory and private investigator (he knows if you are bad or good). If he was paid for the job he'd make $139,924 annually - up more than $2,000 from last year's estimated pay of $137,795, according to the annual Insure.com Santa Index.

An Insure.com survey about St. Nick's pay showed that most respondents fell into two groups: those who think Santa shouldn't be paid and those who think that a $139,924 wage isn't fair, Santa should make a lot more.

Still Santa's imaginary salary is almost triple what the U.S. Census Bureau lists as the country's household median income. 

Check your salary, is it fair?

Massachusetts became the 3d state of the nation to guarantee paid sick leave, with voters approving on November 4th 2014 a sick-leave ballot initiative. Under the measure employees can earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, to be capped at 40 days of leave per calendar year, starting July 15, 2015. Small employers with 10 or fewer workers won't have to provide paid sick leave, but their employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time. Read more about Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave.

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 is the nation's second state-law mandate requiring paid sick leave. Connecticut signed the first paid sick leave into law in 2011. Effective July 1, 2015 California's law requires all employers to provide California employees (with some exceptions) with paid sick leave.  See more at California Sick Leave.

Westgate Resorts, which runs two properties in Las Vegas, announced a companywide minimum wage increase to $10 per hour starting Jan. 1 2015. It doesn't apply to commissioned and tipped employees, or employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Women earn 29% less than men and in supervisory positions they even up to 42% less. Read more about the Gender Pay Gap.

NYC Minimum Wage Raise for Some to $13.13

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday, September 30th requiring employers to pay workers $13.13. and hour on commercial projects that have received more than $1 million in subsidies from the city. Read more about NYC Minimum Wage Raise.

Minimum Wage Rhode Island Municipalities

The 2014-15 fiscal year budget signed by Governor Chafee on June 19, 2014 prohibits Rhode Island municipalities from establishing a minimum wage higher than the state or federal law requirements. This budget provision was in response to efforts by certain cities to raise minimum wages at the local level.

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.

Air Force Offers 3 Years Family Leave

The Air Force is planning to launch a pilot program later this year that would allow airmen to temporarily leave the service to start a family and return three years later, Air Force Times reports. Read more about Family Leave in US States.

The United States is the only Western country - and one of only three in the world - that does not provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave, a new U.N. study reports. Read more about Maternity Leave in the U.S.

The new Minimum wage bill that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015 in Virginia would require all workers to be paid overtime, also workers who are now exempt, like firefighters. Read more about exempt for overtime pay in West Virginia.

Gap Raises Minimum Wage to $10 per hour

Gap Inc. will increase the minimum wage for 65,000 US workers, winning praise from President Obama. Gap CEO Glenn Murphy announced that the retailer will raise the minimum wage to at least $9 per hour in June this year, and to $10 an hour in June next year. Check our your Minimum Wage.

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