Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive... more +
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive working hours, child labor, unpaid overtime and unsafe working conditions.  less -
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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

DOL’s New Overtime Rules – How Will The Proposed Regulations Impact Your Business?

The speculation is over -- on June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding overtime exemptions, after several missed release dates. The NPRM is...more

Proposed White Collar Exemption Regulations Published In Federal Register

As described in our previous blog post last week, on June 30, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor finally released its highly anticipated proposed regulations to amend 29 CFR Part 541, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white...more

The Proposed Overtime Regulations: What They Say, What They Mean, and What To Do Now

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited proposed rule that would change the federal regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions in a June 30, 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...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

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

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

Cracking the Overtime Code, Part I

If there is one law that gives employers fits—including physician practices—it is the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal minimum wage, and overtime law. The FLSA, as it is commonly known, was passed in the 1930s. In...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...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

USTA Aces Misclassification Case Before Second Circuit

With Wimbledon in full swing, and the U.S. Open just a few weeks away, the Second Circuit awarded game, set and match to the U.S. Tennis Association in a challenge to the independent contractor status of the tournament’s...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

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 - 2015 Term

During the United States Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term, the Court departed from the pro-business reputation it had developed in labor and employment cases. This term, employees prevailed more often than not, including in...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

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