Employee Rights Fair Labor Standards Act

Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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New York Employment Law Roundup: July, August, & September 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of newly issued legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest events, we share regular summaries of...more

Do You Need to Pay Minimum Wage or Overtime to Your Commission-Paid Employees?

Companies will sometimes take a chance on a new (or old) salesperson by allowing him/her to work on pure commission. This “eat what you kill” compensation system seemingly creates an incentive to sell with little risk to the...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Mandatory Sick Leave

The executive order poses another significant financial and administrative burden for federal contractors. Continuing his practice of using executive orders to implement his labor and employment agenda, on September 7,...more

New York Federal Court Conditionally Certifies $100 Million Pay Discrimination Collective Action Against Pharmaceutical Company

A group of female sales representatives alleging sex-based pay discrimination claims against their employer under the federal Equal Pay Act cleared an initial, but significant, hurdle last week when the Southern District of...more

BREAKING: Obama Administration Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Provide Employees Paid Sick Leave

On September 7, 2015, the President issued the Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Executive Order (the “Order”) requiring federal contractors to provide up to 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick leave per year to...more

Settlement of Wage Claims Under FLSA Must Now be Approved by the Court

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that parties may not stipulate to dismiss cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act without court approval. This ruling may make it more...more

The Electrician Is An Independent Contractor; The Uber Driver Isn’t

When I talk to businesspeople about the legal differences between employees and independent contractors, I often offer the electrician who comes to the office to fix a wiring problem as the paradigmatic independent...more

Employment Law - August 2015

California Sick Leave Law Gets Updates - Why it matters: California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act just took effect on July 1 but Governor Jerry Brown has already signed into law tweaks to the statute....more

Miss Any of the Major Wage & Hour Law News this Summer? We’ve Got You Covered

Developments in wage and hour law made major waves for employers this summer. They include: (1) proposed new overtime regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); (2) an announced crackdown by the DOL on employers who...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #4

Last week, the Equality Act was introduced in Congress. If enacted, this historic legislation will prohibit discrimination in employment and other life activities on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

DOL Seeks to Increase the Number of Employees Eligible for Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finally revealed its anticipated proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) overtime exemptions. See 80 F.R. 38515 (July 6, 2015). Employers should brace themselves...more

Second Circuit Establishes New Test for Unpaid Intern Claims

The Second Circuit’s ruling provides employers with greater leeway for unpaid internship programs and a stronger defense for class-action lawsuits brought by unpaid interns. In a long-awaited decision, the US Court of...more

USDOL Proposes Significant Increase in Federal Salary Test for FLSA White Collar Exemptions

On Monday, July 6, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) published its long awaited proposed rule “updating” regulations “defining and delimiting” the exemptions from overtime for white collar employees (i.e., the...more

Department of Labor Significantly Expanding Overtime Eligibility

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued proposed new rules that seek to expand overtime wage coverage to more than 4.6 million workers. These proposed rules are not yet final, and the DOL seeks comments. However, now is...more

Sea changes are afoot with the minimum wage

In a nearly unanimous vote on June 10, the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way to make the city the largest in the United States to have a minimum wage to $15 per hour. The raise will fully go into effect in 2020....more

Proposed Regulations and Guidance Issued for Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Although the regulations are not final and may change, government contractors should take steps now to prepare for the anticipated final regulations under the Executive Order. On May 28, the Federal Acquisition...more

The Future of the Minimum Wage – 2015 and Beyond

2014 has been “The Year of the Minimum Wage.” Protests throughout the country, with workers calling for increased wages, drew significant media attention. President Obama and Democrats in both legislative chambers advocated...more

The Next Cleat Drops… College Athletes Sue for Unpaid Wages

If college athletes are employees under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), then why not under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)? That proposition predictably follows from the recent determination by the Chicago...more

Fear and Loathing in D.C.: More Thoughts and Predictions about the New FLSA Regulations

For most of the year, we have been discussing the upcoming FLSA regulations and what employers can expect related to the white collar exemptions. Recently, the DOL delayed the release of proposed rules, potentially for...more

FAQs on Compliance With the Federal Tip Credit

Many employers in the hospitality industry employ individuals who receive customer tips or gratuities in the ordinary course of their work day. These tips may serve as an offset against an employer’s minimum wage obligations...more

Supposed Fluctuating-Workweek "Legal Prerequisites" Come From Where, Exactly?

"Fluctuating workweek" pay plans are provoking much litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. These arrangements call for a non-exempt employee to be paid a salary as straight-time compensation for all hours...more

Starting with Employee 1

While many employment discrimination laws don’t apply until you have 15, 25 or 50 employees, there are several employment laws that apply when you hire your first employee...more

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