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Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2018

Published June 22nd, 2018 -

Both chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have passed a “grand bargain” bill that — if signed by Governor Charlie Baker — will increase the minimum wage for most workers from $11/hour to $15/hour over the course of five years and will in... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 4, 2018

Published June 4th, 2018 -

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has reached tentative agreements that would cover about half of its 50,000 hotel and casino workers who voted to strike this month in Las Vegas. Local 226 has now reached tentative agreements with both Caesars and MGM, but ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 21, 2018

Published March 21st, 2018 -

Bloomberg Law reports that congressional lawmakers are negotiating a funding bill for the government that would include a provision to calm controversy surrounding a proposed Department of Labor rule about pooling tips. The proposed DOL rule would reverse an O... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 9-10, 2017

Published December 10th, 2017 -

Incarcerated men, women and children make up a third of California’s wildfire-fighting force.  Doing dangerous and demanding 24-hour shifts, inmate-firefighters are paid $1 per hour.  Their work and time off are the subject of a photo essay from the Marshall P... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Where Tips End and Wages Begin

Published April 17th, 2017 -

One year ago, this blog featured a post that outlined various reasons why the restaurant industry’s use of tips in lieu of guaranteed wages had come to provoke, in the author’s words, “a firestorm of criticism”: that reliance on tips as a significant component... More »