Carmen Couden

Carmen Couden

Foley & Lardner LLP

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DOL’s Increased Salary Test: What Employers Need to Know

For months, employers have been anxiously awaiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) final rule on exemptions from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wondering whether the DOL would pass the rule as...more

5/24/2016 - DOL Final Rules FLSA Fluctuating Workweek Minimum Salary Over-Time Standard Duties Test Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Wisconsin Supreme Court Split Over Hormel Wage and Hour Claims

On March 1, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in UFCW v. Hormel Foods Corp., 2016 WI 13 (March 1, 2016). Unfortunately, many are wondering if the decision will provide useful guidance for...more

3/3/2016 - Corporate Counsel De Minimus Quantity Exemption Doffing Donning Hormel Off-The-Clock Wage and Hour WI Supreme Court

Seven Policy Provisions To Curb FMLA Abuse

Most employers are aware of, and comply with, the requirement to include information about employees’ rights and obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in employee handbooks or other written policy...more

2/17/2016 - Employee Handbooks FMLA FMLA Abuse Medical Certification Requests Paid Leave

Responding to a Scheduling Letter From the OFCCP: The Little Things Matter

It is the Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, and you are faithfully going through the pile of mail on your desk when you spy an envelope from the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

9/9/2015 - Affirmative Action Contractor Audits Discrimination Documentation DOL Employer Liability Issues Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Job Promotions OFCCP Recruitment Policies Scheduling Letters Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act Young Lawyers

"Smoking Gun" Comments Serve as an Important Reminder of the ADA’s Protection Against Associational Discrimination

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities against discrimination on the basis of disability and requires employers to provide reasonable...more

3/25/2015 - ADA Associated Persons Caregivers Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes: New VETS-4212 Report Means More Changes for Federal Contractors

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. David Bowie’s familiar refrain has become the motto of federal contractors everywhere as they struggle to keep pace with the numerous regulatory changes and enforcement initiatives currently being...more

10/1/2014 - ADA Affirmative Action Amended Regulation Discrimination DOL Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Federal Contractors OFCCP Veterans VEVRAA

Federal Contractor Section 503 and VEVRAA Compliance Solution

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforcement is meant to ensure affirmative action and equal opportunity employment for job seekers and wage earners. The federal government spends more than $500...more

7/15/2014 - Affirmative Action Chief Compliance Officers Enforcement Equal Opportunities Federal Contractors OFCCP Rehabilitation Act Subcontractors Training VEVRAA

ACA’s “Pay-Or-Play” Penalty Delayed Until 2015

Last week, in a move welcomed by many employers, the Obama administration announced that it would delay implementation of certain key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015....more

7/16/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Fees Form 720 Healthcare Marketplace Notice Pay or Play PCORI Penalties Shared Responsibility Rule

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