The New York Assembly passed a bill (A9148) that would raise the New York minimum wage from $7.15 per hour to $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2013, and for food service workers receiving a minimum cash wage, to $5.86 per hour. It also would index the minimum wage to inflation, beginning on January 1, 2014 and annually thereafter.
In E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that noncompete agreements signed by sellers of a business were enforceable under Indiana law, but the sellers did not violate the agreements. In doing so, the court provided valuable considerations for drafting valid noncompete agreements in the context of a sale of business.
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.
On March 24, 2014, a resolution (SCR96) was introduced in the Senate that would amend the New Jersey Constitution to give public employees the right to collective bargaining. The state constitution now gives public employees the right to form a union and submit grievances and proposals, but does not make collective bargaining a stated right. The amendment would have the effect of requiring collective negotiation with the representatives of the employees.