Related to: FLSA

Obama’s Overtime Rule Struck Down

On May 23, 2016, the Department of Labor issued new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations which required all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act to pay their “white collar” employees at least $913 per week to remain exempt from overtime.  This would have more than doubled the current $455 per week salary threshold. …

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Who Will (and Won’t) be Affected by the DOL’s Changes to White Collar Overtime Exemptions

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long awaited revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, which significantly raise the salary thresholds required for white collar overtime exemptions. The changes take effect on December 1, 2016. I. Summary of Key Changes The key revisions focus on raising the salary…

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Possible Lower Overtime Salary Threshold Would Be Good News for Employers

Although the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has yet to release its final rule revisions for overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), new details about these highly anticipated changes are beginning to surface. On Friday, April 29, 2016, sources familiar with the DOL’s deliberations indicated that the new salary threshold under consideration…

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New Federal Court Decision Addresses Bonus Systems and FLSA Overtime

Earlier this month, a federal judge issued a decision that could have significant financial implications for employers. The case involved the calculation of the overtime rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and whether merit bonuses and other forms of compensation must be included in the calculation of the rate of pay for FLSA…

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New Executive Order Increases Minimum Wage for Certain Federal Contractors as of January 1, 2015

On February 12, 2014, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for certain workers employed by federal contractors and subcontractors to $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015 (with increases annually thereafter as determined by the Secretary of Labor). This increase in the minimum wage only  applies to four specific types…

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NLRB Finds Certain Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Illegal

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision (D. R. Horton, Inc. and Michael Cuda., Case 12-CA-25764) in which it determined an employer had committed an unfair labor practice by requiring employees to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement that prevented them from bringing a class action against the employer in any forum. The case involved D.R.…

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New Law Requires Employers to Provide Breaks and Facilities for Breastfeeding Employees

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  While this law primarily concerns regulation of the insurance industry, there is at least one provision of particular interest to all employers. Specifically, Section 4207 of the Act amends the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) to require that employers…

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