On January 23 and 30, 2012, bills were introduced (S3, A2162) which seek to increase the state minimum wage from $7.15 to $8.50 per hour effective July 1, 2012. In addition, the bills propose that starting in 2013 and thereafter on an annual basis, the minimum wage would be adjusted in direct proportion to any increase that occurs during the preceding calendar year in the Consumer Price Index of all urban consumers in the New York City and Philadelphia areas, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, with the adjustment becoming effective on July 1 of each year.
Raising the minimum wage was certainly a hot topic in 2014 (even more so than in 2013). The issue sparked employees in several industries across the country to organize high-profile protests, asserting that minimum wages are not sufficient and a raise in the wage floor is due. President Obama agreed…..
New Jersey District Court Holds That Stored Communications Act Protects Employee’s Private Facebook Posts, But Employer Still Free to Discharge Poster
In Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., No. 2:11-cv-03305-WJM-MF (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2013), a registered nurse was fired after her employer viewed several of her controversial private Facebook posts. In a matter of first impression, the New Jersey District Court held that such private Facebook posts are protected by the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA), a law that prohibits unauthorized access to non-public wire or electronic communications.
President Donald J. Trump has issued a memorandum aimed at reducing the number of visa overstays in the United States. The administration says those overstays undermine the integrity of the immigration system and harm the national interest. The memorandum calls on the secretaries of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to propose a plan to address and reduce the number of foreign nationals who remain in the United States beyond their period of authorized stay.