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Temporary "Comp Time" Provision Under Consideration

The U.S. House of Representatives is now actively considering the "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017" (H.R. 1180), which would amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to permit private-sector employers to offer...more

It's Time To Authorize Private FLSA Releases

Employers sometimes discover that, due to mistake, inadvertence, misunderstanding, or a lack of knowledge, they have not paid all of the wages required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In many instances, this does...more

Notes From Acosta Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Labor Secretary candidate Alexander Acosta's March 22 appearance before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee produced some interesting interchanges having to do with matters relating to the federal...more

 Be Careful About Signing USDOL Back-Wage Summaries

When U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators conclude that back-wages are due under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act or another law the Division enforces, typically they present to the employer a...more

More About USDOL's Liquidated-Damages Policy

We wrote last December about our ongoing efforts to secure a copy of an undisclosed "policy" that various U.S. Department of Labor officials have referred to in insisting that an employer pay at least some amount in...more

Another Nursing Mother's FLSA Claims Settled

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that a California restaurant company has agreed to take steps to remedy alleged: ? Non-compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirement that covered employers give...more

USDOL Should Retract Fluctuating-Workweek Commentary

Readers will recall that, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor undertook to discourage the use of fluctuating-workweek pay plans under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This compensation method calls for paying a...more

FLSA Civil Penalties to Increase Again

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Department of Labor will soon publish increases in the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and/or related...more

Establishing "Workweeks" For Exempt Employees

We have written previously about how important the "workweek" concept is in complying with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements. An FLSA workweek is a fixed, regularly-recurring...more

USDOL's Liquidated-Damages "Policy" Remains Obscure

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act has long authorized the U.S. Department of Labor to sue to recover unpaid minimum-wage and overtime compensation due to current and former employees plus "an equal amount as liquidated...more

A Partial FLSA Wish List

Presidential elections have typically sparked speculation about possible changes in employment laws and enforcement policies. But this seems to be especially true now, due in part to the discussion already occurring about...more

OT Aftermath: FAQs On How Employers Should Respond To Overtime Rule Decision

Employers are returning from their Thanksgiving holiday weekend grappling with thorny questions following last week’s surprising and momentous court decision preliminarily blocking the Department of Labor’s overtime rule from...more

BLOCKED! Court Preliminarily Halts Overtime Rules With Last-Minute Ruling

In a dramatic last-minute development, a federal judge in Texas today blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) overtime rule from taking effect on December 1, handing an eleventh-hour victory to employers across the...more

Top 10 Workplace Law Developments To Expect From The Trump Presidency

It’s official: Donald Trump will soon be our nation’s 45th president. Now the work begins to forecast what the next four years will bring. We’ve spent some time gathering our firm’s collective wisdom on what the next...more

"Including" Overtime: Don't Be Misled By USDOL's Example

We have previously cautioned that (with one very limited exception) federal Fair Labor Standards Act regular-rate principles do not support paying a fixed salary that "includes" FLSA overtime premium for varying numbers of...more

USDOL "Fact Sheets" Are Not The Law

Some employers are apparently referring mainly (or even only) to U.S. Labor Department "Fact Sheets" in deciding what they should do to prepare for the coming changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white...more

Keep Calm And Carry On: Part 2

The December 1 effective date for the increased dollar-amount thresholds for most of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions is now only a little more than two months away. In addition...more

Whom Does USDOL's Salary Increase Not Affect?

There appears to be some continuing misunderstanding about exactly which exempt employees might be affected by the December 1 increase in the minimum salary amount required to meet the basic compensation criterion for an...more

USDOL Releases New FLSA Poster

Employers of workers who are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage provisions are required to display a poster prescribed by the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division. 29 C.F.R. § 516.4....more

Job Descriptions Are Not "Exemption Descriptions"

Famous last words in the wage-hour Hall of Infamy include, "Let's write the job descriptions to make them exempt." The problem is, job descriptions do not "make" employees exempt. It is essential that employers steer...more

"White Collar" Exemption Changes:  Keep Calm And Carry On

Recent Congressional initiatives have targeted the impending increases in the U.S. Labor Department's dollar-amount thresholds for most of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions. There...more

Feds Ratchet Up Employer Penalties, Effective Later This Summer

While most employers were preparing for the long holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a series of civil penalty increases that will impact the nation’s employers in the very near future. On June 30,...more

USDOL's Tipped-Employee "Subminimum Wage" Fiction

A recent U.S. Labor Department blog post re-casts the agency's long-running campaign against an alleged "subminimum wage for tipped workers" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Although this latest pitch introduces a...more

"Nondiscretionary" Pay And The 90%/10% Approach

Once the U.S. Labor Department's revised definitions for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) "white collar" exemptions take effect, employers will be allowed to: - Pay as little as 90% of the new $913...more

"10% Credit" Approach Might Necessitate Timekeeping

Management need not keep hours-worked records for employees who qualify for one of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions. 29...more

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