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President Obama’s labor and employment legacy

Notwithstanding what might happen over the next four (or eight) years, there is no question that President Barak Obama has left his mark on labor and employment law in some very important ways. Even if President-Elect Trump’s...more

New York Employment Law Update

This Client Bulletin provides an update on New York State (NYS) and New York City (NYC) employment law. Paid Family Leave (NYS) - Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State will have the most comprehensive paid leave...more

New York Increases its Minimum Wage Rate and the Minimum Salary Level for Exempt

New York is among a number of states implementing minimum wage increases for 2017; however, New York also increased the minimum salary levels needed to be considered exempt from overtime pay requirements under state...more

FLSA Civil Penalties to Increase Again

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Department of Labor will soon publish increases in the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and/or related...more

The Roller Coaster Ride of the New White Collar Regulations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) got a lot of attention in 2016, and as we move into 2017, there is significant speculation as to what will happen next....more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

Last week, outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released a farewell “Memorandum to the American People.” It mostly reads as a recap of the DOL’s news releases over the past several years, touting various DOL initiatives...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #2

Last week, the Department of Justice issued a release describing efforts to increase diversity in law enforcement. The release states that “Underlying this work is a recognition that while greater workforce diversity alone...more

Fact Check: Does Labor nominee Puzder really want to put people out of work?

The Senate confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, will reportedly take place this Wednesday, January 12. Mr. Puzder’s nomination is vigorously opposed by employee...more

The Department of Labor Opines That The Fair Labor Standards Act Sets The Floor With Respect To Wage Standards For Disabled...

On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance on the payment of subminimum (or special minimum) wages to workers with disabilities. As many are aware, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

New Year, New Minimum Wage (Orders) in New York

As most employers are likely aware, effective Dec. 31, 2016, new minimum wages went into effect in New York. The rates vary for employers, depending on size and location. ...more

Court blocks DOL’s new overtime rule from taking effect

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires employers to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour). The FLSA also requires employers to pay employees overtime compensation for all...more

2016: They Say all Politics is Local: Now Employment Law is Too

The end of 2016 is a good time to review and consider a subtle shift in employment law which appears to be gaining momentum. The shift, which may be imperceptible at first, could prove to have lasting impact on employers,...more

Major Changes to New York Overtime and Minimum Wage Regulations to Take Effect on December 31, 2016

As of December 31, 2016, employers wishing to claim an administrative or executive exemption to New York State’s overtime regulations must raise each exempt employee’s salary threshold to $727.50-$825.00 per week, depending...more

New York Adopts Revised Wage Regulations Effective December 31, 2016

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently proposed amended regulations that would significantly alter the salary levels for some executive and administrative exempt employees, as well as alter the permitted tip...more

NY DOL Hits Employers With New Year's Eve Salary Increases

The New York State Department of Labor on Dec. 28, 2016, adopted a rule requiring employers that employ individuals who do not receive overtime pay thanks to their classification as administrative or executive exempt...more

New York State Has Adopted Amendments to Existing Minimum Wage Orders

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has adopted the proposed amendments to its Wage Orders – ending weeks of speculation about whether and when increases in the minimum salaries for employees to be exempt from...more

Significant Changes to NY State Minimum Wage and Exempt Salary Obligations Take Effect on December 31, 2016

Attention was scarcely paid to an October 2016 issuance of proposed wage orders by the New York State Department of Labor. But they are now set to take effect December 31, 2016, and employers must be aware of their...more

New York State Minimum Wage Rate and Exemption Salary Thresholds Set to Increase

Since a Texas federal judge blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule from taking effect in November, human resource managers, payroll professionals and employment attorneys (including over here at Employment...more

Establishing "Workweeks" For Exempt Employees

We have written previously about how important the "workweek" concept is in complying with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements. An FLSA workweek is a fixed, regularly-recurring...more

NY Dept of Labor Finalizes Major Changes to Wage Regulations

In New York, a large number of wage and hour requirements are statutorily codified in the Labor Law. Many others requirements, however, are set forth in regulations known as wage orders, which are issued and updated from...more

It’s Official — New York’s Salary Threshold for the Executive and Administrative Exemptions Is Increasing — THIS WEEK

As expected, this morning, the New York State Department of Labor published its final rule increasing the salary threshold applicable to exempt executive and administrative employees in New York State. While the ultimate...more

NY DOL Approves Regulations to Increase Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

With employers about to ring in 2017, the New York State Department of Labor—with only two days to spare—has finalized regulations to increase the salary threshold for exempt status. The regulations, originally introduced on...more

You’re Hired: Labor Policy Under the Trump Administration and in the 115th Congress

If personnel reflect policy, President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Andrew Puzder as the next Secretary of Labor signals a turning point for labor and employment policy. The Chief Executive Officer of CKE Restaurants,...more

New York State Gifts Employers With State Wage Regulation End-of-Year Overhaul

While almost everyone’s attention is focused on changes that the Trump administration will bring at the national level, New York is about to implement far-reaching regulations that will significantly impact employers...more

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