In February 2019, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that the Arizona State Legislature overstepped its authority in 2016, when it prohibited Arizona cities and other municipalities from enacting their own employee benefits ordinances. That ruling reinstated part of a 2006 law that permitted Arizona municipalities to pass local ordinances requiring employers to provide employment benefits more favorable than those provided under statewide laws. On August 27, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court denied review of the Court of Appeals decision. Thus, Arizona municipalities continue to be free to enact ordinances that may be more “employee friendly” than other applicable statewide laws.
Missouri voters have been heard: the state’s minimum wage is on the rise. On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, a measure that proposed an increase to the current state minimum wage of $7.85 per hour.
New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Defendants Cannot Recover Fees in CEPA and LAD Cases under Offer of Judgment Rule
The state Supreme Court recently upheld the Appellate Division’s August 19, 2008 decision, reported in the September 2008 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, that a defendant can never be awarded fees under the Offer of Judgment Rule [R. 4:58] in any case involving New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), or any similar fee-shifting statute.
Effective January 1, 2007, Missouri’s minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $6.50 per hour. The text of the new law, read in context with existing state regulations, left unclear its effect on Missouri employers relying on “tip credits” to satisfy minimum wage obligations.