Congress responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis by passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, H.R. 748 (the “Act”) on March 27, 2020, and it has been signed into law.
We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.
The Family Medical and Leave Act in part requires an employer to permit an eligible employee to take a leave of absence arising from the serious medical condition involving the employee’s spouse. When Congress enacted the FMLA in 1993, no state had recognized a same-sex marriage. Consequently, the definition of a spouse for FMLA purposes was uncomplicated and uncontroversial.
Effective January 1, 2014, most employers in Missouri are now required to pay a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The only exception to the Missouri minimum wage increase is for those retail or service employers who have annual gross sales of less than $500,000. Finally, tipped employees must receive a minimum of $3.75 per hour from their employer, who in turn must ensure that the employee receives sufficient tips to bring their total compensation to at least $7.50 per hour.