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
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
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
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
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
Executive Summary: President Barack Obama has directed the Department of Labor to "update" and "modernize" overtime rules to expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. ...more
Some misconceptions are floating around regarding the current status of federal overtime laws.
.Fact: Nothing has actually changed yet.
.Fact: President Obama has ordered the Department of Labor (DOL) to evaluate...more
In a White House ceremony on Thursday, March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum ordering the Secretary of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” governing...more
Everybody is talking about it – President Obama’s announcement at the end of last week that existing overtime regulations be “modernized” and “streamlined” – but what exactly does this mean? The answer is, only time will...more
In a move that could affect nearly all employers, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum last week directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update its overtime regulations to make more employees...more
White House seeks to expand overtime eligibility for workers covered by “white collar” exemptions.
Declaring that the regulations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are “outdated” and that “millions of...more
Yesterday, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to "modernize and streamline" the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the...more
Employers beware: President Obama’s recent budget proposal may portend a Department of Labor crackdown on workplace pay issues in 2015.
As part of the 2015 fiscal year budget which President Obama submitted to Congress...more
In an unexpected move, the Obama administration officially announced today that it will issue a Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime...more
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . . or at least thought you might be getting a handle on the highly technical and nuanced regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act governing the “white collar...more
President Obama is expected to issue an order today directing the Department of Labor to expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law. According to reports in the Washington Post and other...more
When they are not properly paid. A number of law firms and corporate employers consider paralegals to be exempt from overtime. At the federal level, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that most paralegals lack...more
Employers are continuing to be bombarded by collective or class action lawsuits filed by their non-exempt employees for alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and similar state wage and hour laws. Many of...more
On September 17, 2013, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced a final rule eliminating the Fair Labor Standard Act's (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime exemption for home care workers employed by home...more
In a long anticipated move, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it will issue a final regulation that will extend the minimum wage and overtime premium protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards...more
How to avoid paying overtime and to evade pesky employment laws? Treat your workers as “independent contractors.” Print Problem solved. Or maybe not. An appellate court has reminded employers again about the costly...more
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to an estimated two million home health care workers....more
Three loan officers at Quicken Loans Inc. have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for en banc reconsideration of a recent ruling that invalidated U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance...more
Shift differentials are common in the healthcare industry. But some employers may not realize that the differential must be calculated into the “regular rate” of pay, which is not exactly the same thing as the hourly rate. ...more
In recent years, financial companies have faced uncertainty over wage requirements for mortgage loan officers because the U.S. Department of Labor has taken inconsistent positions on whether they are eligible for overtime...more
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