DC Minimum Wage Increase

Washington, DC minimum wage is now $9.50 per hour.  Also worth noting — minimum wage in DC will go up $1 each year until it reaches $11.50 in 2016. The new law does not impact the minimum wage for employees subject to a tip credit in DC.  

Top Seven Laws Every Employer Should Know*

1.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)– In brief, Title VII bars certain employers from discriminating against employees, former employees, or applicants for employment based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex (including gender and pregnancy). Title VII also prohibits harassment and retaliation based on the same protected characteristics…. More

Lowe’s Takes a Blow with Seven Figure Settlement of Independent Contractor Misclassification Suit

Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to a maximum settlement amount of $6,500,000 plus an additional 25% for attorneys’ fees to settle a class action suit brought by its installation contractors alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. Lowe’s, which offers contractors to install products purchased at its stores in customers’ homes, classified these… More

Obama Signs Equal Pay Executive Order for Federal Contractors

President Obama recently made two strategic moves designed to help close the pay gap between male and female federal contractors. First, he signed an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation. This ban is similiar to the protection offered to employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Second,… More