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Pay up! Wage-and-hour issues take center stage in 2015

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by Christopher Moran, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia

Wage-and-hour issues could take center stage in 2015, with federal, state and local legislative battles looming over increases to the minimum wage, more wage-and-hour litigation and proposed regulations that could dramatically narrow the overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Minimum wage battles

President Obama has called on Con­­gress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. He signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for individuals working on new federal service contracts.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter followed suit, signing an executive order increasing the minimum wage for most individuals working for city contractors or first-tier subcontractors to $12 per hour effective Jan. 1. Several criteria govern whether contractors must comply (for example, for-profit or nonprofit status and the...(register to read more)

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