Unpaid Overtime Misclassification

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DOL Makes Last-Minute Tweaks to New Overtime Exemption Rules

In March 2014, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Labor to revise its aging rules governing overtime pay for white collar employees. The Department solicited comments from the public on an...more

DOL Issues Final Rule More Than Doubling FLSA Minimum Salary Level Required for Overtime Exemptions

Increase in Minimum Salary for Most Exemptions - On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule concerning the minimum salary level necessary in most cases for an employer to qualify as exempt...more

What Employers Need to Know About Shrinking Overtime Exemptions

The hour has arrived. Last summer, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor announced substantial revisions to federal regulations regarding who is exempt from overtime pay. After almost a year of waiting, the...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Updating Overtime Regulations

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). ...more

Labor Department Issues Final Amendments to Overtime Exemptions

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor issued publicly its long-awaited final regulations updating the "White Collar" exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Generally, to...more

As the DOL More Than Doubles the Minimum Salary for FLSA White-Collar Exemptions, Employers and Financial Sponsors Are Advised to...

Updated FLSA Regulations Take Effect December 1, 2016 - On May 18, 2016, President Obama and DOL Secretary Thomas Perez announced the long-awaited publication of the DOL’s Final Rule updating the FLSA’s overtime...more

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule Doubling the Salary Exemption Threshold

Recently, and as we predicted in an article published last month (“Approval of the DOL’s Changed to the Overtime Exemption Rules is Imminent”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it will be publicizing its...more

US Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Regarding FLSA White Collar Exemptions

Yesterday, the US Department of Labor issued its final rule regarding the white collar exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Most notably, this rule raises the minimum annual salary for employees to qualify as exempt...more

Increased Litigation Of Worker Misclassification Cases Should Place Employers On Notice Of Potential FLSA Violations

Worker misclassification violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to be at the forefront of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement priority list and of the plaintiffs' bar, which has filed...more

Unpaid Internships

The idea of offering unpaid internships is attractive for startups trying to maximize their labor force while minimizing spending. However, using unpaid interns can pose significant legal risks. This post will help you...more

Employer Beware: Be Prepared for New Labor Regulations Coming in 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is quite possibly the labor law that employers grapple with more than any other. The regulations can be murky at best when actually applied and the price tag for running afoul of the...more

Chebotnikov v. LimoLink, Inc.: a Cautionary Tale Concerning the Use of Forum-Selection Clauses

At the end of last year, a federal court in Massachusetts found that a forum selection clause in an Iowa company’s standard form service-provider agreement did not apply to claims asserted under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

The Fourth Circuit’s Countdown to 2016 Includes Two FLSA Classification Decisions

While we were in the midst of office holiday parties and end of the year celebrations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals came down with two precedential decisions for employers to ponder in the New Year. In Williams v....more

Amazon.com Hit With Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit By Delivery Drivers

Amazon is the latest tech company to be sued in a proposed class action by drivers delivering its products – in this case, goods to be delivered within two hours of being ordered through Amazon’s “Prime Now” app. The drivers...more

Start Planning for the Worst While You Hope for the Best

For the past several months we have been updating you on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the impact those changes could have on your workforce. The comment period for the proposed regulations...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on OT Pay for Car Dealerships?

As you have read in our blog over the years, the misclassification of employees as exempt is one of the primary claims in wage and hour litigation.  Misclassification claims can arise in many forms, including the...more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

Don’t Throw the Class Waiver Baby Out with the Arbitration Agreement Bathwater

Sound advice that the world has lived with since 1512…until recently flushed by the Ninth Circuit. Not so quick to discard 500 years of wisdom, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether this idiom will rest in...more

What Employers Must Know About Wage and Hour Law

This year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, federal courts are on track to handle a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits stemming from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor — A Decision Not To Be Taken Lightly

Most employers know that workers may be either employees or independent contractors. What many employers do not know is that misclassifying a worker into the wrong category could have significant financial consequences....more

Many Home Companionship Workers No Longer Exempt

Agencies and other third-party employers of live-in household employees and home companionship providers, take note: the long-delayed regulations reclassifying many of these workers as non-exempt employees entitled to minimum...more

Employee Misclassification Goes Viral with the Introduction of On-Demand Start-Ups, but the DOL May Have Just Crashed the Server

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay and related recordkeeping requirements. The...more

Uber Employee Classification Class Action Could Impact All Employers

From Payroll Taxes to Sick Leave Laws … Federal Ruling Could Be Game Changer for Sharing Economy - A federal judge’s decision last week to certify a class of California Uber drivers in their lawsuit claiming Uber has...more

Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions

We are excited to announce the 15th edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s publication Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions. As in previous editions, the publication discusses and analyzes the most commonly...more

Decision Reflects Danger in Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

A recent decision by a federal district court in Maryland highlights the dangers in classifying individuals as independent contractors instead of employees. (Randolph v. PowerComm Construction, Inc.) In this case, the...more

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