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Legal Co-Director

National Employment Law Project Inc
75 Maiden Lane Suite 601
New York , New York 10038
United States

Company Description: NELP is promoting best practices for responding to major layoffs, particularly strategies funded through the "rapid response" program of the federal Workforce...   more

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"I don't think a wage board ..., 15 Oct 2015 [cached]
"I don't think a wage board strategy is very promising in the short term in New Jersey, Massachusetts or California," says Paul Sonn, general counsel at the National Employment Law Project, which has advised Fight for $15 since its inception. "The strategy works best in states that have a governor who is more progressive than the legislature," he adds.
Its really taken off this year ..., 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
Its really taken off this year in the United States, said Paul Sonn, a program director at the New York-based National Employment Law Project.
About NELP | Raise The Minimum Wage, 23 Feb 2015 [cached]
For more information on raising your state minimum wage, please contact Paul Sonn at the National Employment Law Project, at
Paul K. Sonn, Legal Co-Director (212) 285-3025 x.351 New York City Office
For fifteen years Paul has worked on new approaches for promoting living wage jobs. His work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and the New York Law Journal. From 1999-2008, he was co-director of the Economic Justice Project at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. From 1994-1999 he was a Skadden Fellow and then assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
What Impact, If Any, Will Higher Minimum Wages Have on Retailers and Low-income Workers? - Knowledge@Wharton, 6 Sept 2006 [cached]
Paul Sonn, deputy director of the poverty program at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, says other cities, including Washington, D.C., and Santa Cruz, Calif., are considering similar measures that would focus on retailers, or firms that receive tax breaks or economic development subsidies.
A report issued by the Brennan Center as part of the Chicago City Council deliberations on the ordinance says that Chicago has the authority to single out retailers for a living wage under state Home Rule provisions and other court decisions allowing jurisdictions to take on problems "one step at a time."The report argues that state law permits Chicago to target one industry as part of a larger solution to broad income inequality.
Sonn also argues that the Chicago ordinance complies with a recent Maryland decision in which the court struck down a state law requiring Wal-Mart to provide employee health benefits as a violation of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).The Chicago law, he says, tracks other court decisions, including a recent Emeryville, Calif., ruling upholding living wage laws that require the payment of a cash equivalent for benefits."Maryland's law was a straight health mandate, not a wage law.If you give the option of benefits or higher wages, that is the approach the federal courts have approved," Sonn says.
Living Wage in the News, 15 Jan 2006 [cached]
Legal advice often came out of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school, where a lawyer named Paul Sonn helped write wage ordinances and ballot measures for various states and cities.
Paul Sonn, the lawyer at the Brennan Center at New York University who wrote the Santa Fe ordinance, had enlisted Sidney Rosdeitcher, a partner at Paul, Weiss, to be lead counsel for Santa Fe's defense.
The long-run trajectory, Paul Sonn told me, is for cities and states to create enough pressure to ultimately force a raise on the federal level. Or to put it another way, the hope is that raising wages across the U.S. will ultimately demonstrate to voters and to Washington lawmakers both the feasibility and the necessity of a significantly higher minimum wage. In the meantime, Sonn says, cities like Santa Fe play an important role in policy innovation, "really as sort of laboratories of economic democracy.
And it's why, also in December, Paul Sonn was helping to write an ordinance for Lawrence Township, N.J., aimed at forcing the city's big-box retailers like Wal-Mart to pay a higher wage (more than $10 an hour) and to contribute a larger share of employee benefits. Last month, Sonn also pointed out to me that Santa Cruz, Calif., was considering plans to introduce a measure that would establish a minimum wage of $9.25 an hour.
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