On November 19, 2012, a bill (A3444) was introduced in response to reports in the New Jersey Star Ledger that a bank purportedly provided unequal levels of health coverage to its male and female employees. The bill attempts to expand the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to prohibit discrimination in the terms of health care benefits provided to employees. The bill has now been referred to the Assembly Financial Institution and Insurance Committee.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Unused Paid Sick Leave Does Not Qualify as Wages Under the Commonwealth’s Wage Act
In Mui v. Massachusetts Port Authority, issued on January 29, 2018, Massachusetts’s highest court decided an issue of first impression in the Commonwealth: whether accrued but unused paid sick time counts as “wages” for purposes of the Massachusetts Wage Act. Under the Wage Act, an employer that fails to pay wages is subject to strict liability, treble damages, and attorneys’ fees in a civil action for violation of the Act, and may also be subject to criminal liability. The plaintiff in Mui argued that the paid sick time he had accrued but hadn’t used at the time that he resigned from his employment with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) qualified as wages, and thus that he was entitled to treble damages for Massport’s failure to pay him for that unused time when he resigned.
On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law requires a new minimum wage calculation each year on September 30, based on the Consumer Price Index. If that calculation
Demand for H-1B visa petitions increased slightly, but continued to be relatively light as compared to recent years. As of June 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that it has received approximately 22,900 H-1B petitions counting toward the annual 65,000 “cap” (see www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count). This means approximately 4,000 petitions have been filed over the