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The Roller Coaster Ride of the New White Collar Regulations

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

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

Ninth Circuit Rules Service Advisors at Automotive Dealerships Are Not Exempt From Overtime Pay

On January 9, 2017, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, for the second time, that service advisors at automotive dealerships are not exempt from overtime. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit...more

Groundhog Day Comes Early For West Coast Auto Dealers: Another Loss In Service Advisor Exemption Battle

In a disappointing but perhaps unsurprising decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals once again ruled that service advisors employed by automobile dealerships do not qualify for the Section 13(b)(10)(A) overtime exemption...more

DOL Overtime Case to Proceed at District Court After Judge Denies Stay Pending Appeal

Last week, a federal judge in Texas denied the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) request to stay a lawsuit challenging implementation of the DOL’s new overtime rules during the pendency of the DOL’s appeal to the Fifth Circuit...more

Following the Remand of a Contentious Overtime Case, Chevron Deference May Be Murky

Last summer, in the waning stages of the Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s use of Chevron deference to overrule a district...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Service Advisors Eligible for Overtime, Setting Up Second Potential Trip to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 granted certiorari in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro to resolve a circuit split regarding whether “service advisors” at automobile dealerships are exempt from receiving overtime under the Fair...more

Is it a New Leave Year?

As the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2016, employees across the United States were celebrating. While most were celebrating the coming of the New Year (or perhaps, more likely, good riddance to 2016), some employees...more

December 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

In our update for last month’s developments in this area of the law, we report on five significant court cases involving companies in the transportation industry that use ICs as an integral part of their business model. Each...more

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

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

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

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

Pay Transparency and Paid Sick Leave Obligations May Apply to 2017 Federal Contracts

Contractors and subcontractors that enter into or renew federal contracts after January 1, 2017 should be mindful of requirements to provide detailed wage statements and paid sick leave to covered workers....more

Department of Labor's Exit Memorandum Calls for Changes to Address Gig Economy Employment

According to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the “largest question” for the incoming administration will be how to “embrace innovation” as part of the changing nature of work, while ensuring a level of workforce protections...more

Overtime Rule Stalled: What Schools Should Do Now

This holiday season, many employers were thankful for the preliminary injunction that blocked the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption changes from going into effect on December 1 as scheduled. Those changes would have...more

Injunction of the DOL’s Overtime Rule and Its Appeal

Is the Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule now dead? Will the overtime rule be modified to a more modest version? Much uncertainty remains regarding the recently announced overtime rule in both the legal and the political...more

The Saga Continues on the Fate of the DOL’s Overtime Rule

Just before Thanksgiving, a Texas federal court judge issued an injunction blocking the closely-watched new federal overtime rule from taking effect as scheduled on December 1, 2016. As expected, the DOL is not going quietly...more

Quick Update On The FLSA Overtime Rule

Judge Amos Mazzant, who preliminarily enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor overtime exemption rule in November, has now refused to stay (postpone) further proceedings in the case....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

The Department of Labor Opines That The Fair Labor Standards Act Sets The Floor With Respect To Wage Standards For Disabled...

On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance on the payment of subminimum (or special minimum) wages to workers with disabilities. As many are aware, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

OT Exemption Rules Lawsuit Will Proceed Despite Appeal

Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has decided that he will not halt the lawsuit challenging the U.S. DOL’s new overtime exemption rules pending a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court...more

Lower-Court FLSA Salary Litigation Will Proceed

Federal District Judge Amos L. Mazzant has denied the U.S. Department of Labor's request to halt proceedings in his court while it appeals the preliminary injunction he granted preventing salary-related changes in the federal...more

Texas Judge Denies DOL’s Motion to Stay District Court Overtime Litigation Pending Appeal

Yesterday, Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas denied the motion of the U.S. Department of Labor to stay further district court proceedings in the overtime litigation. The DOL had asked the district...more

New Year, New Minimum Wage (Orders) in New York

As most employers are likely aware, effective Dec. 31, 2016, new minimum wages went into effect in New York. The rates vary for employers, depending on size and location. ...more

Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded...more

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