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WASHINGTON — A panel of federal judges has ruled that states can’t force businesses to pay their employees at least $10.10 an hour.
The unanimous ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Manhattan follows a lawsuit brought by the Service Employees International Union that challenged New York’s wage and hour laws.
Leon ruled that employers can’t have “a wage-and-hour system in which a worker can be expected to work more than 40 hours per week, without making any adjustment in their work schedules to meet that obligation.”
The ruling also prevents states from requiring businesses to provide overtime pay to their workers.
Leon’s ruling could help make the issue more politically salient in the presidential campaign, which could help Clinton and Trump in the coming months.
Leon is scheduled to hear arguments in November.