The United States Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor is a federal executive department established in 1913 and headed by the Secretary of Labor. The Department's mission is to promote workers's general welfare and... more +
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DOL’s Internship Test Rejected by Second Circuit Creating Conflict with New Connecticut Law

Did you enjoy the fireworks last week? I’m not talking about the real Independence Day fireworks; rather, it’s a new Second Circuit decision that should have employment lawyers popping this morning....more

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - What Does It Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

In a 5-4 decision announced last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states are required to recognize same-sex marriages. This ruling follows the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in U.S. v....more

DOL Releases Proposed White Collar Overtime Exemption Rule Changes

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released its highly anticipated proposed changes to the Part 541 overtime and minimum wage exemption regulations. These rules implement Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair...more

Proposed Overtime Rule Would More Than Double Salary Threshold For Exempt Employees, With Automatic Yearly Increases

On June 30, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing changes to the executive, administrative, professional, and highly-compensated employee...more

June 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The month of June 2015 created more newspaper stories and blog posts on the subject of independent contractor misclassification than any other. Why? Uber lost an IC misclassification case and FedEx Ground agreed to pay $228...more

CLIENT ALERT: Major Changes Proposed to Overtime Requirements Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), at the direction of President Obama, has announced a proposed rule that will greatly increase the number of employees eligible to receive overtime pay under the Fair Labor...more

Analysis of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s Proposed Rule to Implement Executive Order 13673 “Fair Pay and Safe...

On May 27, 2015, the Defense Department, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s proposed rule to implement Executive Order...more

DOL Releases Proposed Amendments to FLSA Overtime Regulations: Now is the Time to Reassess Compliance and Update Your Policies

The Department of Labor (DOL) has just released its proposed amendments to the white collar exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The amendments, if passed, will significantly increase the minimum salary test...more

How Retailers Can Navigate the New White-Collar Overtime Rules: Turning Legal Change Into Business Opportunity

The Department of Labor’s proposed revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime exemptions will impact the American workplace—and especially the retail workplace—as much as any legal development in the past decade. ...more

DOL Issues New Proposed Overtime Regulations

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released long-awaited proposed regulations designed to modify the criteria for determining whether employees fall within the scope of the exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards...more

FLSA Wage Increase

President Obama announced this week a proposed rule change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that will affect every business. The proposed rule change will increase the minimum required salary for employees to qualify...more

The DOL Announces Proposed Revisions to FLSA Regulations Doubling the Minimum Salary Requirement for Exempt Employees

More than 15 months after President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor “to propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing [FLSA] overtime regulations,” the Department of Labor...more

Unpaid Intern v. Employee Classification Analysis Must Look at Who is Primary Beneficiary of Relationship, Second Circuit Holds

The Second Circuit struck a blow today to individuals pursuing collective/class actions alleging that unpaid interns should be classified as employees. The Court announced an employer-friendly test that asks who benefits...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule That Would Require Employers to Pay Overtime to Currently-Exempt Salaried White-Collar Employees Who Earn...

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a long-awaited Proposed Rule which will, if/when finalized, dramatically raise the minimum salary threshold for salaried exempt employees under the Fair Labor...more

First look at the Department of Labor's proposed overtime regulation

After President Obama announced in an op-ed on Monday that it was coming soon, the US Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division published its long-awaited proposed overtime regulation. This proposed regulation addresses the...more

DOL Proposes to Raise Minimum Salary for White Collar Exemptions

The Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would raise the minimum salary for the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) from its current level of $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to...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

Comment Period on New Overtime Proposal to End Early September, Say DOL Officials

In a conference call held on Wednesday morning, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil fielded questions about the recently released proposal to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime...more

Proposed White Collar Overtime Rules Released

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to alter the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) regulations on Tuesday, June 30. A copy of the NPRM is...more

Newly Released Proposed Overtime Regulations Estimated to Make 5 Million Workers Eligible for OT

We noted last year that the Obama Administration had directed the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to review and amend the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards...more

Major Overtime Rule Changes are Coming – Are you Prepared?

Since 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) has set the federal minimum wage and mandated overtime pay (time and a half) for employees who work over 40 hours during a 7-day period. The FLSA exempts employees from the...more

DOL Raises Pay for Some Exempt Status Employees - Employers Will Need to Pay Overtime Wages to More White Collar Employees

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule updating overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (commonly referred to as white collar employees). The DOL...more

DOL Issues Proposed Revisions to FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

The proposal seeks to significantly increase the salary level needed to qualify as exempt under the FLSA’s white collar standard and highly compensated exemptions. On June 30, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced...more

Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations Regarding “White Collar” Exemptions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On June 30, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposed rule which, if implemented, will alter the minimum salary threshold for the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the minimum wage and...more

Proposed DOL Rule Seeks to Require the Provision of Overtime Pay to Millions of Additional Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule that would amend the executive, administrative and professional exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The exemptions exclude workers in such...more

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