The United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour

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Sex, Pay, and Retaliation: The White House Weighs In Again

President Obama directed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to propose a rule requiring that federal contractors submit summary compensation data to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and issued an executive order...more

President Obama's Directions to DOL Include Review of Duties Tests for Overtime Exemptions

Last week’s EmployNews reported a White House announcement that the Department of Labor has been instructed to review changing minimum salary levels for qualification for the executive, administrative and professional...more

Seventh Circuit Gets (Maybe Too) Clever In FLSA Donning And Doffing Case (Part 1 Of 2)

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I remarked on Mitchell v. JCG Industries, a case from the Seventh Circuit penned by Judge Richard Posner: Worked OK for #employer here, but scary precedent for all if judges do own demos...more

One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

Are You Ready for the Wage and Hour Crackdown?

Ready or not, heightened government scrutiny of your wage and hour practices is coming. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase of more than $41 million for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S....more

The Time-and-a-Halfs They Are A ‘Changin’

Earlier this month, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor to update the federal overtime pay regulations by revising the salary component of the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. To...more

President Obama Announces Initiative to Increase Minimum Salary for Employees Exempt From Overtime Requirements

Faced with continuing Congressional refusal to consider an increase to the minimum wage, on Wednesday, President Obama announced his intent to direct the Department of Labor to consider raising the minimum weekly salary...more

Aggressive FLSA Enforcement Efforts Expected To Continue in 2014

Employers should expect the long-term trend towards increased scrutiny of wage and hour issues to continue in 2014. Wage and hour claims currently outpace all other types of workplace litigation and have increased by over...more

A closer look at the expansion of overtime

Last week’s announcement by President Obama of a planned increase to the number of employees who would be entitled to receive overtime pay set off a barrage of reactions. Now, let’s take a closer look at what it is all about....more

President Directs Department of Labor Secretary to Propose Changes To Overtime Regulations

On March 13, 2014, with a collection of American workers standing behind him, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing...more

FLSA Overtime Rule Changes Likely: What Would They Mean For Employers?

New overtime rules likely to be issued by the Obama Administration would make more executive or managerial employees eligible for overtime pay under FLSA. Under the current federal rules, executive or managerial...more

President Obama Directs the Department of Labor to Revise Federal Overtime Regulations

On Thursday, March 13, President Obama directed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to "modernize and streamline" the Department of Labor's (DOL) "white collar" overtime exemption regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 541. The...more

President Obama Orders Changes In Overtime Regulations – What To Expect And When

Executive Summary: President Barack Obama has directed the Department of Labor to "update" and "modernize" overtime rules to expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. ...more

What’s Happening with Overtime?

Some misconceptions are floating around regarding the current status of federal overtime laws. .Fact: Nothing has actually changed yet. .Fact: President Obama has ordered the Department of Labor (DOL) to evaluate...more

President Obama Orders the Department of Labor to Modernize Overtime Rules

In a White House ceremony on Thursday, March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum ordering the Secretary of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” governing...more

President Obama Directs the DOL to Attack FLSA Exemptions

Everybody is talking about it – President Obama’s announcement at the end of last week that existing overtime regulations be “modernized” and “streamlined” – but what exactly does this mean? The answer is, only time will...more

Obama Administration Seeks Changes to Overtime Rules to Make More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay: Possible Changes Include...

In a move that could affect nearly all employers, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum last week directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update its overtime regulations to make more employees...more

Obama Signals Greater Scrutiny on Workplace Pay with Latest Budget

Employers beware: President Obama’s recent budget proposal may portend a Department of Labor crackdown on workplace pay issues in 2015. As part of the 2015 fiscal year budget which President Obama submitted to Congress...more

President Obama to Order Expansion of Overtime Pay

President Obama is expected to issue an order today directing the Department of Labor to expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law. According to reports in the Washington Post and other...more

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Employee Classification Act

Yesterday in Bartlow v. Costigan, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court took a pass, for the most part, on deciding constitutional challenges to provisions of the Employee Classification Act which were amended by the legislature...more

Wage-Hour News Notes

Recent headline items touch upon matters of continuing concern: ? The Employment Policies Institute has highlighted what it calls "Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage" among 96% of the Senate and House sponsors of...more

Time To Update Your New Jersey Wage And Hour, Payment Of Wages Posters

The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) just updated two of its mandatory workplace posters, which New Jersey employers should post immediately. The Wage and Hour Law Abstract has been updated to reflect the new minimum...more

The Fate Of Hollywood Internship Programs May Rest With The Second Circuit

Former interns used to get revenge against their employers by writing tell-all blog posts and memoirs. Now, they’re lending their names to plaintiffs’ lawyers, who then file wage-and-hour class or collective actions alleging...more

Dealership Update, No.4, November 2013: Are You Paying Your Detailers Correctly?

Over the last year, there has been an increase in dealership payroll audits by the U.S. Labor Department (DOL). Some DOL investigators have implied that these audits are part of a broad internal "initiative" to check...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

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