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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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Among those expected to testify today ..., 18 June 2015 [cached]
Among those expected to testify today is Paul Sonn, an attorney for the Manhattan-based National Employment Law Project, which supports higher pay for fast-food employees.
"The economic experiences of other regions of the country with significantly higher minimum wages -- including $15 minimum wages for specific low-wage industries -- and economic modeling indicate that such a minimum wage is realistic for New York's fast-food industry," he said in prepared remarks obtained by Newsday.
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.
By Paul ..., 27 May 2015 [cached]
By Paul Sonn
Paul Sonn is the general counsel at the National Employment Law Project.
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.
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.
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