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Showing 6 posts from December 2015.

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National Restaurant Association Challenges Minimum Wage Law

Earlier in 2015, the New York Legislature rejected a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 in the Big Apple, and to $10.50 in the rest of the state.  Governor Andrew Cuomo utilized his ability to direct the labor commissioner to convene a panel to consider whether fast-food workers' minimum wage should be raised in an effort to raise all restaurant workers' pay.  The panel ultimately concluded that the minimum wage will gradually increase to $15/hour by 2018. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) appealed this decision to the New York Industrial Board of Appeals. (Read more)

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Overtime Changes are Coming: Will You be Ready?

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) white-collar exemption rule, which would raise the salary threshold for exempt employees from $23,660 or $455 per week, to $50,440 annually or $970 per week. The proposed change also includes automatic period increases to the salary threshold. Statistics show that, if adopted, these changes will affect approximately 4.6 million employees that are currently classified as salary-exempt, including a large number of employees in the hospitality industry. (Read more)

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Trader Joe’s Targeted in Class Action Suit

On Tuesday, December 2, a California federal court struck down a consumer group’s 2013 claim that Trader Joe’s had misled shoppers into thinking “soy milk” was “cow’s milk.”  Judge Vince Chhabria held that Trader Joe’s had not violated the FDA’s food advertising/misbranding rules, because no reasonable person would confuse soy milk with cow’s milk. Judge Chhabria, however, allowed the group to proceed with potential class allegations that the grocery store deceptively used the term “evaporated cane juice” in place of sugar on the ingredient list of its store branded yogurt, and failed to disclose use of certain additives in its products. (Read more)

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Google Cracking Down on Advertising Fraud

Google is cracking down on domains that falsely represent advertising inventory with its Ad Traffic Quality Team, currently showcasing a filtering tool—DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM)—that detects when publishers are trying to trick advertisers. (Read more)

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Digital Information – Now Protected More Than Ever

In the event that you missed it, on October 8th, 2015, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the California “Electronic Communications Privacy Act” (CalECPA) which requires any California state law enforcement agency to obtain a warrant before demanding inspection of any digital information from a business including, but not limited to, digital communications (e-mails and text messages), and other documents stored in the cloud. The law also requires a warrant before law enforcement can track the location of electronic devices (smart phones and other mobile devices).  (Read more)

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A New York State of Mind

Famed Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner helped raise awareness of the struggles the transgender community faces when she broadcasted her transition from male to female. Transgender people often face a long and strenuous internal battle to act upon their gender identity and transition to the gender that allows them to live as their most authentic self. (Read More)