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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New Federal Overtime Exemption Rule Will Become Effective December 1, 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law applicable to overtime compensation for employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced this week that the overtime rule changes it proposed in 2015 will become...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2016 #4

Last week the long-awaited final FLSA overtime regulations were published. The regulations are intended to make an additional 4.2 million workers eligible for overtime. The new rules raise the salary threshold for exempt...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

Retail and Hospitality Employers Grapple With the DOL's Final FLSA Part 541 Regulations

For over a year, retail and hospitality employers have been anxiously awaiting the issuance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime regulations—regulations which many had predicted would impact retail and...more

Digging Into the New Overtime Regulations

Within the Department of Labor's aggressive regulatory agenda in the last few years, its proposed regulations on the white collar exemptions from overtime generated some of the most significant concerns and anticipation for...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #2

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Overtime Final Rule - The Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule which updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”)...more

Department of Labor Releases Final Rule on Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") has released a much anticipated Final Rule updating its regulation that defines the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") overtime exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, and...more

New FLSA Rule Raises Minimum Salary Thresholds for Exemption from Overtime

In 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) to update the regulations that define which white collar workers are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair...more

DOL overtime “loophole”: Why salaried employees under $47k can still work over 40 hours/week without a pay increase

There have been a lot of headlines written about the US Department of Labor doubling the overtime exemption level for salaried employees, but there is currently a large “loophole” for employers that will allow you to have...more

Department of Labor announces the final overtime rule. Is your business ready?

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the final rule updating the requirements for employees to qualify for exemptions from the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The...more

The Dramatic Effect of the Department of Labor's New Overtime Rule

Employers Will Need New Policies to Ensure Compliance - Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Labor has updated the regulations governing which executive, administrative and professional employees (white collar...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

SPECIAL EDITION: Mattie, Sam & the FLSA – Short Term Gain or Long Term Loss?

Mattie and Sam are cartoon characters in a splashy new YouTube video, put out by the Department of Labor (DOL) applauding the move by President Obama to change the qualifications for exempt status employees under the Fair...more

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes New Overtime Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") announced the publication of the DOL's final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will extend overtime pay protections to potentially millions of...more

DOL's New Salary Rule on Overtime Will Impact Many Nonprofits

As you’ve likely heard, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations on May 18, 2016, changing the overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In short, most salaried employees...more

DOL Makes Last-Minute Tweaks to New Overtime Exemption Rules

In March 2014, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Labor to revise its aging rules governing overtime pay for white collar employees. The Department solicited comments from the public on an...more

Second Circuit Applies Stricter Rules for a Plan Administrator’s Noncompliance with Benefit Claims Regulations

In Depth - On April 12, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Halo v. Yale Health Plan, 2016 WL 1426291 (2d Cir. Apr. 12, 2016), addressed various issues that could arise during a plan administrator’s...more

DOL Rules that Target Fiduciary Conflict of Interests May Impact Employee Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries

“Middle class economics means that Americans should be able to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work. But loopholes in the retirement advice rules have allowed some brokers and other advisers to recommend products...more

DOL Issues Final Rule More Than Doubling FLSA Minimum Salary Level Required for Overtime Exemptions

Increase in Minimum Salary for Most Exemptions - On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule concerning the minimum salary level necessary in most cases for an employer to qualify as exempt...more

What Employers Need to Know About Shrinking Overtime Exemptions

The hour has arrived. Last summer, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor announced substantial revisions to federal regulations regarding who is exempt from overtime pay. After almost a year of waiting, the...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Updating Overtime Regulations

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). ...more

Feds Renew Focus on Worker Safety and Individual Accountability

Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship reported to a California prison on May 12 to begin serving a one-year sentence for willfully violating mine safety standards. His conviction was related to the deadliest United States...more

New OSHA Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Rules

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized a rule which will expand employer requirements to record and submit records of workplace injuries and illnesses. The final rule also contains...more

Employment Law Update - Changes to the Overtime Pay Rules are Here

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule on changes to four exemptions to the overtime pay requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): the executive, administrative, and professional...more

Employment Alert: "The New Overtime Rule Affects 4 Million Workers - Are Yours Included?"

This week, the Department of Labor published its final rule updating the Fair Labor Standard Act's overtime regulations. The new regulations will extend overtime protection to millions of employees. As a result, employers...more

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