Monthly Archives: January 2011

Looking to Move Office in 2011?

Miller Samuel are excited to announce they are recommended property solicitors for Help Moving Office.

Help Moving Office provides businesses with the information, guides and contacts needed for a successful office move. Help Moving Office guides you through the office relocation process and gives you the information you need to make the right decisions at the right time. Check out their website at for useful relocation advice and contacts.

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Abrupt Changes for New York’s Restaurants and Hotels: Minimum Wage, Tip Pooling, and Recordkeeping Requirements

By: Kara Maciel

Following up on our previous blog posting from November 2, 2010, on December 16, 2010, the New York State Department of Labor issued a new minimum wage order (the “Order”) which will bring immediate changes to the restaurant and hotel industries. Under the Order, employees will be due a higher minimum wage and subject to new tip pooling rules. Meanwhile, employers will need to comply with more stringent recordkeeping requirements. Although employers have until February 28, 2011, to adjust their payrolls, they will still owe their employees back pay as of January 1, 2011. Important highlights include: 

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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits local government employers with 15 or more employees from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information of an individual or family member of the individual, except as specifically allowed.  A city should not assume that since cities rarely require genetic testing that these regulations have no application to […]

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Special Immigration Alert: December 31, 2010, H-1B Cap Count

As of December 31, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has confirmed the filing of approximately 57,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2011. USCIS also reported the filing of approximately 20,000 of the additional 20,000 H-1B cases reserved for holders of advanced U.S. degrees. This leaves room for approximately 7,700 new H-1B approvals under the 2011 “Regular” cap quota, and none under the 2011 “Masters” cap quota.

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Federal Court Denies Certification Of Wage-Hour Class Action Against Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurants

By:  Kara M. Maciel

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied certification of a class action against Joe’s Crab Shack restaurants on claims that employees worked off-the-clock, were denied meal and rest breaks, and were required to purchase t-shirts to wear at work.  Because the case was handled by our EpsteinBeckerGreen colleagues Michael Kun and Aaron Olsen, we do not believe it is appropriate to comment on the decision or its implications.  If you would like to read the decision, a copy may be found here.

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