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What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Irma Threatens?

As Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Irma, the approaching storm serves as a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses...more

Federal Court Declares DOL Overtime Rules Invalid

Yesterday, a federal District Court in Texas issued a decision declaring the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rules invalid and, therefore, permanently enjoining the implementation of these rules nationwide. This...more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

DOL's Revival of Opinion Letters and Request for Input on Overtime Rules Welcome News for Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will return to the practice of issuing Opinion Letters in response to inquiries from businesses regarding federal wage and hour issues, a practice abandoned under the...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

Federal Court Stops December 1st Implementation of New Overtime Rules

Employers do not have to make changes to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime regulations by the December 1, 2016 deadline. In a surprising decision, a federal District Court in Texas issued an...more

DOL's Final Rule Expands Overtime Eligibility for Millions of Workers

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will publish its long-awaited Final Rule amending the "white collar" exemption tests for executive, administrative, and professional employees (located in 29 CFR Part 541) under...more

Lack of Time Records? There's an Expert for That – U.S. Supreme Court Reinforces Use of Time Study Experts in Class Certification

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that when an employer fails to create accurate time records, courts may rely on expert time studies not only to determine unpaid hours of work, but also to determine the underlying issue...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $9.2 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately $200 million from last year. While estimates...more

Get Ready: USDOL Sends Final White Collar Exemption Rule to OMB – Could be Published in 30 to 60 Days

On Tuesday, March 15th, the US Department of Labor (DOL) sent to the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its Final Rule revising the White Collar Exemption Regulations, which will likely expand overtime...more

Update - DOL's Final White Collar Exemption Rule Could Be Published Earlier Than July 2016

As discussed in our February 17 Alert, http://www.fordharrison.com/usdol-says-final-rule-will-be-published-in-july-2016-and-be-effective-within-60-days, employers should be prepared for implementation of the U.S. Department...more

DOL Says Final Rule Will Be Published in July 2016 and Be Effective Within 60 Days

During today's session of the 2016 American Bar Association's (ABA) Midwinter Meeting of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith announced...more

Intercepting Office Pool Liability – What Do Employers Have to Lose by Permitting Super Bowl Related Gambling?

Super Bowl 50 kicks off this Sunday and promises to be the most wagered-on sporting event of the year. March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to...more

Employers Again Brace for Winter Storms

With severe winter weather predicted for much of the East Coast and extending as far west as Central Arkansas, employers should be prepared to address the impact of the winter storms on their businesses. Issues employers may...more

DOL Issues Administrator's Interpretation Expanding the Definition of Joint Employment

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has aggressively enforced and interpreted the federal wage and hour laws. Consistent with that approach, on Wednesday January 20, 2016, the Department of...more

Hurricane Preparedness Applies at Work as Well as at Home – Questions Employers May Face This Season

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as forecasters continue to track the path of Tropical Storm Erika, which is predicted to hit the state on Monday. Although it is unclear how strong the storm will...more

The DOL's Proposed Amendments Increase the Salary Threshold for the FLSA's White Collar Exemptions - Dramatically Expanding the...

Executive Summary: Yesterday, in a 295-page report, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act's ("FLSA") "white collar" exemption tests for executive,...more

March Madness: Could Friendly Wagers Among Employees Put Your Organization At Risk?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will wager $9 billion on the NCAA tournament, more than double the estimated $3.9 billion bet on the Super Bowl, bringing March Madness to a whole new level....more

Supreme Court Upholds DOL's Rulemaking Procedure in Reclassifying Mortgage Loan Officers

On March 9, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal agency is not required to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking when it issues an interpretation of a regulation that is significantly different from its prior...more

New Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law Takes Effect March 1, 2015

The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (the "Act"), known as the "Ban the Box" law, will go into effect on March 1, 2015. The Act prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal background during the...more

Philadelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed, and Mayor Michael A. Nutter promptly signed into law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance ("Ordinance")....more

Winter Storms Raise a Blizzard of Questions for Employers

Almost a year ago, a series of winter storms blasted the country, costing billions in damages and business disruption. Yesterday, businesses and residents in the country's Northeast Corridor again braced for what some...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Ability to Label Workers as Independent Contractors

On January 13, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that will likely have a far reaching effect on employers by severely limiting their ability to classify workers as independent contractors....more

Supreme Court Narrows Test for Compensable Time Under the FLSA

On December 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision favorable to employers significantly limiting the types of preliminary and postliminary activities that are compensable under the Fair Labor...more

New Jersey Bill Expanding Prohibition On Discrimination Against Unemployed Advances In State Legislature

Executive Summary: A bill which would expand existing laws to prohibit discrimination against the unemployed is progressing in the New Jersey state legislature, having been approved by the Senate and reported favorably out...more

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