In a matter of first impression, the Northern District of Illinois determined that maids and house cleaners employed by third parties are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  In reaching this decision, the court held such workers are not exempt from overtime by the “domestic service” exemption of the FLSA.  The case is

The New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee has approved legislation to enhance penalties and sanctions against employers who illegally withhold wages and benefits from employees.  The proposed legislation sets forth increased fines, penalties, and damages for wage and hour violations.  Additionally, the bill imposes criminal sanctions against employers who retaliate against employees for reporting and/or complaining