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Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

Pennsylvania Law Allowing Employer Use of Payroll Debit Cards Takes Effect May 4

As we previously noted, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law in November that amends the Pennsylvania Banking Code to permit the use of payroll debit cards, with certain conditions. ...more

Whatever Happened to Those New FLSA Overtime Regulations? A Status Update

For much of 2016, employers and HR professionals were focused on preparing for the new Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar overtime exemption regulations. The Department of Labor issued the final regulations on May 18,...more

Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of DOL’s New Overtime Regulations

In a surprising 11th-hour move, late Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Fair Labor Standards Act “white-collar”...more

New Pennsylvania Law Allows Use of Payroll Debit Cards

We have been following litigation in Pennsylvania challenging the use of payroll debit cards by employers to pay employees. In one such case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that an employer violated the...more

Superior Court: Mandatory Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates PA Law

As regular readers of our blog know, we have been following a pending class action lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania employer’s use of payroll debit cards to pay its employees. There has been a key development in that case. ...more

Third Circuit Confirms Paid Meal Breaks Cannot Offset FLSA Overtime Liability

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit emphasized the need for employers to capture and compensate all hours worked by non-exempt employees, even if the employer pays the employees for break time that it could treat as...more

Reminder – New FLSA Overtime Regulations Take Effect December 1

The calendar (if not the weather) tells us that fall is almost here. With the change in seasons comes another reminder that the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act “white-collar”...more

Medical Marijuana is Legal in Pennsylvania . . . Does Your Drug Testing Policy Have to Go Up in Smoke?

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which legalizes medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania. The MMA, which takes effect on May 17, 2016, includes various provisions related...more

Coming This Spring . . . the New FLSA Overtime Regulations?

For what seems like an eternity, we have been waiting for the U.S. Department of Labor to issue the new Fair Labor Standards Act “white-collar” overtime exemption regulations. While many have speculated on when the final...more

Beware Unpaid Rest Breaks for Non-Exempt Employees

A recent federal court decision in Pennsylvania affirmed the risks incurred by employers if they treat brief rest breaks as unpaid for non-exempt employees. In Perez v. American Future Systems, Inc. d/b/a Progressive Business...more

When Must Meal Breaks Be Paid? Third Circuit Clarifies FLSA Test

Whether meal breaks count as compensable hours worked for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act can be a thorny issue for employers. The FLSA regulations provide that meal periods during which an employee is...more

So No New FLSA Overtime Regulations Until Late 2016?

You may recall that, in late June 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” overtime exemption...more

Next on DOL’s Agenda: Mobile Device Use Outside Work Hours

It appears that the U.S. Department of Labor intends to remain busy through the rest of the summer. After releasing in June a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor...more

DOL Issues New Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

At long last, on Tuesday, June 30, the Department of Labor released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s  “white collar” overtime exemption...more

Judge: Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates PA Wage Payment & Collection Law

We have been updating you on a class action lawsuit pending in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas challenging a Pennsylvania employer’s use of payroll debit cards to pay wages to its employees. May was a busy month for...more

Class Certified in Pennsylvania Payroll Debit Card Litigation

We previously discussed on this blog the potential risks associated with the use of payroll debit cards to pay wages to employees. The absence of federal and state regulations specifically addressing this relatively new...more

Still Waiting for Those New Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

You may recall that over a year ago, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the “white...more

Supreme Court Confirms No Pay Required for Post-Shift Security Screenings

In a 9-0 decision issued yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that time spent by non-exempt workers waiting to undergo and undergoing security screenings before leaving their workplace at the end of their work day was not...more

EEOC's Attack On Severance Agreements Dealt Blow

As we noted earlier this year, the EEOC has begun filing legal challenges to relatively common provisions found in form severance agreements, based on the EEOC's belief that such language unlawfully interferes with employees'...more

Another Federal Court Finds "Fluctuating Workweek" Overtime Compensation Violates Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act

Recently, Judge Mitchell Goldberg of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a decision in Verderame v. RadioShack Corp., finding that the "fluctuating workweek" method of overtime...more

Are Your Sales Employees Properly Classified as Exempt?

Many employers treat their sales employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and minimum wage requirements. Regardless of whether they pay them a salary, commissions, or some combination of both,...more

Employment Alert

In This Issue: EEOC's Latest Target - Severance Agreements; Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information Requests; and Supreme Court Clarifies that...more

The EEOC's Latest Target – Severance Agreements

Employers have long offered employees severance or other post-employment benefits in exchange for a waiver and general release of claims. Agreements of this kind often help make a difficult separation somewhat easier. By...more

President Obama Directs DOL To "Modernize" FLSA Overtime Regulations

Yesterday, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to "modernize and streamline" the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the...more

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