As discussed in the December 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, the New York Department of Labor’s Wage Order for the Hospitality (and Restaurant) Industry went into effect on January 1, 2011. The Department of Labor has recently made available through its website a new required poster concerning the implementation period for the wage order, and also has made available summaries of the major provisions of the wage order (click here and here). Employers in the hospitality and restaurant industries should immediately post this new poster, and must take steps to ensure compliance with each of the various provisions of the wage order by the implementation date of March 1, 2011 (or their next regularly scheduled pay day following March 1, 2011), including retroactive payment of wages to January 1, 2011.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a nationwide I-9 audit initiative on July 1, issuing Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 employers (see the ICE press release). This action confirms the new method of enforcement promised by representatives of the Obama Administration. In April 2009, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano indicated
The State of Oregon has enacted a new law, SB 1587, designed to increase transparency with respect to employee pay, prevent wage theft, and expose wage and hour violations. Generally, the law will require employers to provide additional details on itemized pay stubs and allow employees to inspect and request copies of their time and pay records. The law also provides increased enforcement measures and prohibits wage theft by public works contractors and subcontractors.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has extended the temporary restraining order preventing the Department of Homeland Security from implementing its No-Match Regulation for up to 10 days. Judge Breyer will rule on a preliminary injunction by October 11. If granted, the preliminary injunction would further delay implementation of the regulation until trial. According to