Susan E. Prince, JD, is a Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Prince has several years of experience as an attorney and writer in the field of human resources and has published numerous articles on a variety of human resources and employment topics, including compensation, benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, work/life issues, termination, and military leave. Ms. Prince also served as an expert on several audio conferences discussing the 2004 changes to the federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before starting her career in publishing, Ms. Prince practiced law for several years in the insurance industry and served as president of a retail sales business. Ms. Prince received her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's recent video on overtime and sales employees.
President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers for all federal contracts beginning on or after January 1, 2015. The new minimum wage will be $10.10 per hour, up from $7.25 per hour.
Problems arise when individuals who are truly employees are treated by employers as independent contractors. The federal Department of Labor’s (DOL) Misclassification Initiative is currently 'combating this pervasive issue and … restoring [employee] rights to those denied them.'
Employers get ready! Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2014. The map below shows the states that are increasing their minimum wages, including the new rate and amount of the increase.
Direct home care and domestic service employees are currently not covered by the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the FLSA, but this is going to change in 2015.
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