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DOL Proposes New FLSA Test for Employee Exemptions and Issues New Guidance for Independent Contractor Classifications

What you need to know: The Department of Labor recently proposed an important change to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would significantly reduce the number of employees who are properly deemed “exempt” from the...more

The Department of Labor Proposes to Extend Overtime Pay to Nearly 5 Million Workers

Last month, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposal that would more than double the salary threshold that determines which workers are eligible for time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours in a week....more

Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Tipped Employee Wages

As evening sets, many restaurants will find themselves bustling with customers and loyal patrons eager to put the day's work to rest. But while managers focus on reservations, inventory, food allergies, and table checks,...more

USDOL’s Proposed Revisions to the Exemption Regulations Significantly Increase Salary Requirements, But Leave Duties Requirements...

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its highly anticipated proposed rule on the Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar overtime exemptions, along with a fact sheet summarizing the proposed rule. The good news for...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

Department of Labor Guidance Clarifies Classification of Employees Under Fair Labor Standards Act

On July 15, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance to employers in determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards...more

New California Law Recognizes Cheerleaders as Employees Not Independent Contractors

Amid recent review of employees being misclassified as independent contractors, which may not entitle them to overtime, sick days and other protections, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring that...more

Restaurant Industry Alert: Wage Board Proposal - Fast Food Workers' Minimum Wage May Rise to $15 in New York City by 2018

On July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board voted to recommend a 171 percent increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City (NYC), from the current hourly rate of $8.75...more

Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Regulations

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released proposed modifications to its overtime exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). The proposed revisions increase the minimum salary...more

Throw the DOL "Intern Fact Sheet" Away: Second Circuit Rejects DOL's Unpaid Intern Six-Factor and Adopts New "Primary Beneficiary"...

The Department of Labor's ("DOL") six-factor test has long been the incontrovertible standard for determining whether employers are required to pay an intern under the Fair Labor Standards Act. That may no longer be the case...more

DOL to Double Salary Test

The DOL released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the salary requirements for the FLSA’s white collar exemptions (e.g., executive, administrative, and professional employees). Some highlights of the...more

U.S. Department of Labor to Expand Overtime Protections for “White Collar” Employees

On June 30, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its proposal to revise its Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA) regulations to narrow the exemptions from overtime pay for most so-called “white collar” employees....more

How Insurance Industry Employers Can Navigate the New White-Collar Overtime Rules: Turning Legal Challenge Into Business...

As most insurance industry employers are probably aware by now, the Department of Labor has proposed revisions to its regulations that seek to further limit the instances in which certain employees may qualify as exempt from...more

Department of Labor: Most Workers Classified As Independent Contractors Are Employees

On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor declared the misclassification of employees as independent contractors to be "one of the most serious problems" at workplaces in the United States and...more

Labor Department's New Guidance on Independent Contractor Misclassification Is Nothing New Legally, But Will Likely Reinvigorate...

The main difference between the new Interpretation and the Labor Department’s prior enforcement policy is a greater emphasis on the “economic dependence” of the workers on the business that has engaged their...more

“Most Workers Are Employees” – DOL Issues Guidance on Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance today alerting employers that “most workers are employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and reminding employers that the correct classification of workers as...more

Second Circuit Rulings Provide Hope For Companies’ Use of Unpaid Interns

In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., a federal district court in New York decided that Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying interns who had worked on its film...more

Evaluating The Impact Of USDOL's Salary Proposal

The U.S. Labor Department has of course proposed a substantial increase in the minimum salary amount required to meet the basic compensation criterion for an executive, administrative, professional, or a derivative exemption...more

The U.S. Department of Labor Moves to More Than Double Minimum Salary Levels: Proposed changes may impact millions of exempt...

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor published a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime...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

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the...more

For Here or To Go? Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Noncompete Agreements, Increase Mobility For Sandwich Makers and Other Low-Wage...

Congress is getting into the non-compete business.  Citing the use of non-compete agreements by companies such as Jimmy John’s sandwich shops, Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill—called the Mobility and Opportunity...more

DOL Presents: The Ghost of Violations Past

On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance for President Obama's infamous Executive Order 13673 – "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" (the Order). Although the stated purpose of the Order is "to...more

Late but Not Forgotten: The DOL’s White-Collar Proposal

On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally sent its proposed overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, which comes nearly six months later than initially expected....more

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