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The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

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During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Steady as She Goes or Charting a New Course? Employment and Labor Signals in the Trump Administration

As we discussed yesterday at Mintz Levin’s Third Annual Employment Law Summit, big changes are likely in the offing as all three branches of our federal government begin to deal with labor and employment issues following...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Holds Restaurant-Employer May Not Use ‘Tip Credit’ for Delivery Drivers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Finding the Connecticut Department of Labor regulations on tip credit are “not incompatible” with the state tip credit law, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an employer’s pizza delivery drivers are not subject to...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - March 2017

At its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017 meetings, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee began the process of approving bills. The following is a listing (with a brief description) of the proposed...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

by FordHarrison on

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

Scaling The Wall Of Conflicting "Tip Credit" Provisions

by Fisher Phillips on

We've all struggled with what to do when we're given conflicting orders. Grandma says "have some pudding," and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters responds, "how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!" Employers are...more

Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role,...more

From Swimsuits to Grass Fed Beef: A New Direction for Labor?

The United States Senate is slated to consider Andrew (Andy) Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, as the next Secretary of Labor (“DOL”). Although his confirmation hearing which was set for February 7, 2017 has been delayed...more

A Look Ahead At Wage And Paid Leave Issues In 2017

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

Passage of new sick leave laws, increases in the minimum wage, and even an attempt to increase the salary basis for exempt employees made 2016 an active year for wage issues. Despite the anticipation of a more...more

New Rules, New Secretary? As Spring Inches Closer, We’re Getting Warmer.

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Will the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule go into effect? When will a new Secretary of Labor be confirmed? We don’t have the answers just yet, but a lot has happened over the last few weeks to inch us closer. As things...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...more

Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017:  Labor and Employment

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year which will impact on manufacturers. Notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” here is my take on 2017....more

Fenwick Employment Brief

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

Employment law changes will be coming with the Trump Administration: What should employers expect?

Today is Inauguration Day, and it is safe to assume that significant policy and enforcement changes will be made during the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Those changes will include new judges on the federal courts, new...more

Maine Minimum Wage Fallout

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

by Zelle LLP on

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

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