NY Minimum Wage Bump Would Increase 'Spread Pay' Liability

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 6:40 PM EST) -- A move to raise New York's hourly minimum wage to $9 would generate higher-value claims for more employees under unique state "spread of hours" rules that entitle low-wage workers to an extra hour's pay for workdays spanning 10 hours or more, regardless of breaks or split shifts.

Wage-and-hour attorneys on both sides of the litigation bar said Thursday that raising the minimum wage above the $7.25 federal hourly minimum would not only grow the universe of Empire State workers eligible for "spread pay," as it's called,...
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