As also reported in the February 2011 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed a bill (A3359) that would make it illegal for employers to publish advertisements which prohibit unemployed New Jersey residents from applying for vacant positions. On February 17, 2011, the Assembly concurred in the Governor’s recommendations to that bill, which included a reduction of the penalties for offenses to $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense, and which required a finding that a violation was “knowingly or purposefully” committed before penalties may be imposed. The bill now awaits review in the Senate.
The Florida Minimum Wage Act, which applies to all employees in Florida covered by the federal minimum wage, requires the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a new minimum wage rate each year on September 30. The wage rate is based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the South Region for the 12-month period prior to September 1. Florida’s minimum wage is currently $8.46 per hour. According to state government officials, beginning January 1, 2020, Florida’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $8.56 per hour, which is a $0.10, or 1.12 percent increase, due to the change in the CPI.
The U.S. Department of State recently released its September 2015 Visa Bulletin, reflecting a significant retrogression for China and India in the employment-based Second Preference category (EB-2). The EB-2 category for mainland China and India retrogressed to January 1, 2006. This is a retrogression of over seven years for China (from December 15, 2013) and close to three years for India (from October 1, 2008). In contrast, employment-based Third Preference categories for China and India advanced over six months, from June 1, 2004 to December 22, 2004.
China Provides Return-to-Work Guidance for Employers Dealing With End of Spring Festival Holidays and Ongoing Coronavirus Epidemic
The outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (now designated COVID-19) caused massive disruption in China, including a nationwide extension of its Spring Festival holidays. Though February 10, 2020, was the last “public holiday,” some businesses remain closed, and many still encourage China-based employees to work from home.