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Obama’s Overtime Rule is Overruled

The Obama administration’s controversial overtime rule is now dead in the water. Yesterday, a Texas federal court ruled in favor of the 55 state and business plaintiffs who challenged the rule and argued that the DOL had...more

Hang On, the Overtime Rollercoaster is Taking Another Turn

Since 2014 when President Barack Obama directed the DOL to “modernize” the overtime law, the new overtime rules were announced, published, revised, published again, finalized, legally challenged and then judicially blocked....more

Trump's DOL Working Overtime to Change Obama-Era Policy

Although the Trump Administration's Department of Labor (DOL) had been off to a slow and shaky start, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta is wasting no time. Exactly 40 days since his swearing in, yesterday Acosta withdrew the...more

The New Overtime Rule – The Plot Thickens

This is a brief update to the court machinations in the DOL’s appeal of the Texas Court’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction barring the implementation of the Final Overtime Rule. That appeal is now before the Court...more

Is Andrew Puzder the Knight in Shining Armor for the Hospitality Industry?

The hospitality industry has arguably endured the most significant impact from the Obama Administration's employment legislation and regulation. From the Affordable Care Act to overtime expansion, to the attacks on the...more

Stop the Presses – The Overtime Rule is in Overtime

Employers finally have their reprieve. A federal court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide injunction blocking the enforcement of the FLSA overtime rule. Employers are no longer required to meet the December...more

The DOL Isn't Done Yet and Non-Compliance is Getting More Expensive Than Ever

Employers around the country are busy trying to keep up with the fast and furious rule-making from the Department of Labor. From OSHA reporting requirements, the persuader and fiduciary rules and the new overtime regulations,...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Summer 2016

In this issue: - Controversial Overtime Rule Comes in For a Landing - What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs - The Legal Implications of Restaurant-Designed House Brand Craft Beers - FDA Finalizes Revisions...more

Controversial Overtime Rule Comes in For a Landing

After two years of wait, debate and overall angst for employers across the country, the new overtime rules were announced on May 18, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016. As we discussed in an earlier...more

Overtime Overhaul – The Final Regulations are Finally Here

After two years of wait, debate and overall angst for employers across the country, the new overtime rules were announced today. The details of the rule are available, but final publication of the rule in the Federal Register...more

Is Today Overtime D-Day?

May 16th may be a significant day for employers across the country. After more than two years of debate, analysis and overall panic from employers across the country, this is the deadline that was widely reported when the...more

New Salary Threshold Is One Step Closer to Reality

Buckle your seat belts: the new pay regulations may be coming out as early as this April or May. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) forwarded its proposed final overtime regulations to the White House's Office of...more

100 Members of Congress Throw a Hail Mary Against New Overtime Regs

On February 9, 100 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez arguing that the proposed overtime regulations will "hurt American workers and the businesses that employ them." While the letter...more

Eat, Drink and Be Wary...The Aftermath of Holiday Parties is Not So Merry

It's that time of year. Stores are playing holiday music on a non-stop loop, and peppermint-flavored coffee is being served in red cups. With the merriment of the holiday season, many employers celebrate the year's...more

Financial Services Industry: Be Aware of Proposed White Collar Overtime Regulations

The financial services area received a defeat earlier this year when the United States Supreme Court in March upheld the Department of Labor's (DOL) Administrative Interpretation concluding that mortgage loan officers do not...more

Hospitality Industry Targeted in Proposed White Collar Overtime Regulations

In a March 13, 2014, memorandum, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to "modify," "streamline" and "simplify" the federal regulations regarding exemptions to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards...more

Practice Spotlight: Top 10 Questions Employers Have About the Newly Proposed Overtime Regulations

Employers across the country are trying to get their arms around the implications of the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations. These proposed changes, which were published on June 30, 2015,...more

Top 10 Questions Employers Have About the Newly Proposed Overtime Regulations

Employers across the country are trying to get their arms around the implications of the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations. These proposed changes, which were published on June 30, 2015,...more

Newly Revised Model FMLA Forms Are Now Available

With little fanfare and no advance notice, the Department of Labor (DOL) has posted new model Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The previous model FMLA forms expired on February 28, 2015 (note the expiration date in the...more

Ah, Social Media: Blurring the Lines Between Work Life and Personal Life

Andy Warhol is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How prophetic you were Andy. These days a single post on social media can travel around the world faster than you can say Snap...more

The Inside Scoop: Top 10 Employer Mistakes According to the Solicitor of Labor

Meeting in our nation's capital and having a strong public policy group have some definite perks, such as getting the inside scoop on employment law trends directly from the Department of Labor's Solicitor. During a recent...more

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