Annual Labor & Employment Update 2013
Unpaid Internships: Are They Legal?
5 Risks of Telecommuting (And How Employers Should Handle Them)
President Obama directed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to propose a rule requiring that federal contractors submit summary compensation data to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and issued an executive order...more
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
A few weeks ago on Twitter, I remarked on Mitchell v. JCG Industries, a case from the Seventh Circuit penned by Judge Richard Posner:
Worked OK for #employer here, but scary precedent for all if judges do own demos...more
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
Ready or not, heightened government scrutiny of your wage and hour practices is coming. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase of more than $41 million for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S....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
Employers should expect the long-term trend towards increased scrutiny of wage and hour issues to continue in 2014. Wage and hour claims currently outpace all other types of workplace litigation and have increased by over...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yesterday in Bartlow v. Costigan, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court took a pass, for the most part, on deciding constitutional challenges to provisions of the Employee Classification Act which were amended by the legislature...more
Recent headline items touch upon matters of continuing concern:
? The Employment Policies Institute has highlighted what it calls "Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage" among 96% of the Senate and House sponsors of...more
The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) just updated two of its mandatory workplace posters, which New Jersey employers should post immediately. The Wage and Hour Law Abstract has been updated to reflect the new minimum...more
Former interns used to get revenge against their employers by writing tell-all blog posts and memoirs. Now, they’re lending their names to plaintiffs’ lawyers, who then file wage-and-hour class or collective actions alleging...more
Over the last year, there has been an increase in dealership payroll audits by the U.S. Labor Department (DOL). Some DOL investigators have implied that these audits are part of a broad internal "initiative" to check...more
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.
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