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Looking Into My Crystal Ball At The Future Of FLSA Regulations

Last month, I wrote about the Obama Administration’s Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime protection for workers under the Fair Labor...more

President Obama's Directions to DOL Include Review of Duties Tests for Overtime Exemptions

Last week’s EmployNews reported a White House announcement that the Department of Labor has been instructed to review changing minimum salary levels for qualification for the executive, administrative and professional...more

One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

The Time-and-a-Halfs They Are A ‘Changin’

Earlier this month, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor to update the federal overtime pay regulations by revising the salary component of the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. To...more

President Obama Announces Initiative to Increase Minimum Salary for Employees Exempt From Overtime Requirements

Faced with continuing Congressional refusal to consider an increase to the minimum wage, on Wednesday, President Obama announced his intent to direct the Department of Labor to consider raising the minimum weekly salary...more

A closer look at the expansion of overtime

Last week’s announcement by President Obama of a planned increase to the number of employees who would be entitled to receive overtime pay set off a barrage of reactions. Now, let’s take a closer look at what it is all about....more

President Directs Department of Labor Secretary to Propose Changes To Overtime Regulations

On March 13, 2014, with a collection of American workers standing behind him, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing...more

FLSA Overtime Rule Changes Likely: What Would They Mean For Employers?

New overtime rules likely to be issued by the Obama Administration would make more executive or managerial employees eligible for overtime pay under FLSA. Under the current federal rules, executive or managerial...more

President Obama Directs the Department of Labor to Revise Federal Overtime Regulations

On Thursday, March 13, President Obama directed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to "modernize and streamline" the Department of Labor's (DOL) "white collar" overtime exemption regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 541. The...more

President Obama Directs DOL To Overhaul Federal Overtime Regulations

Ordinarily, changes to federal overtime regulations get very little notice in California since our State’s overtime laws are far more protective of employees than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). But President...more

Raising Wages by Tightening the White-Collar Overtime Exemptions–The President’s Initiative

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, President Obama gave a short press conference and signed a Presidential Memorandum aimed at "updating and modernizing" overtime eligibility rules for white-collar workers. The Memorandum directs...more

Paying Elves And Interns!

Actually, internships may be a good option for Santa’s non-profit operation – so long as he does not pay a stipend or offer any benefits and clarifies whether interns are unpaid volunteers or paid employees. Paying a...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden On Household Direct Hires

Individuals and families who for years have directly employed domestic workers to care for elderly or ill family members will see their labor costs increase dramatically beginning January 1, 2015. Under the U.S. DOL's Final...more

Employers Must Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers They Jointly or Solely Employ

Many groups that have lobbied for change as it relates to home care aides seem to have received some victory. Specifically, the Labor Department announced a Final Rule on September 17, 2013 that extends overtime and wage...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Wage and Hour Update - October 9, 2013

- IRS Will Begin Taxing a Restaurant's Automatic Gratuities as Service Charges Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on the checks of guests with large parties to ensure that servers get fair tips. This method...more

Companions No More: U.S. Department of Labor Extends Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Home Health Care Workers

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act will extend its minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly all home health care workers. This changes the playing field for an estimated two million workers who...more

Department of Labor Extends FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Direct Care Workers

On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to direct care workers. Direct care workers include home health...more

eTrends - DOL Announces Final Rule for Home Health Care Workers

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule on September 17, 2013 that will extend the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to in-home workers who...more

"Extra" Pay And Overtime Headaches

A recent $4 million settlement between the U.S. Labor Department and a Texas healthcare employer highlights a recurring overtime issue under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

DOL Releases Final Rule on Domestic Service Exemption

On September 17, 2013, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a Final Rule revising its regulations on the domestic service exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The Final Rule will amend the...more

Most Home Care Workers to Be Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule extending the minimum wage and overtime requirements to most home care workers becomes effective January 1, 2015. ...more

Major Changes To Home Companionship Exemption Announced

On September 17, the U.S. Labor Department (DOL) announced that it will be issuing a final rule that will bring significant changes to the “companionship” exemption in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s Section 13(a)(15)....more

The DOL’s End Around Congress On The FLSA — A Sign Of Things To Come?

Beginning on January 2, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections will apply to home care assistance workers who work with the elderly and people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities. ...more

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