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Case Interpreting FLSA Highly Compensated Exemption Takes Interesting Slant

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There has not been much litigation over the HCE, the so-called Highly Compensated Employee exemption under the FLSA. Recently, an interesting case explored the issue of whether commission payments can form the entirety of the...more

What Should Employers Do About the Delay In the New Disability Claims Procedure Requirements?

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

On November 24, 2017, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") announced a 90-day delay in the effective date of regulations that will significantly change the claims procedure requirements for employee benefit plans...more

Third Circuit Rules That WARN Act's "Unforeseeable Business Circumstances" Exception Requires That Layoffs Be Probable, Not...

by Jones Day on

In Varela v. AE Liquidation, Inc. (In re AE Liquidation, Inc.), 866 F.3d 515 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the sixth circuit court of appeals to rule that a "probability standard"...more

Ninth Circuit Concurs That Workweek, Not Individual Hour, Is Relevant Timeframe For Determination Of Minimum Wage Compliance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression, the Ninth Circuit joined the Second, Fourth, Eighth and D.C. Circuits (and the position adopted by the Department of Labor) that, in determining whether an employer has complied with the...more

Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

by Littler on

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about...more

Are "Draws" Against Commissions Unlawful "Kick-Backs"?

by Fisher Phillips on

Media reports have mistakenly suggested that a recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) found the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit recouping a draw or...more

New York Proposes New “Call-In” Pay and Scheduling Requirements

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

Employers in New York will be subject to new “call-in” pay and scheduling requirements under recently-proposed state Regulations. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced these proposed Regulations, which the New York State...more

Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Online Public Portal, Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law, DOL to Appeal Texas Ruling, California Law...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Is This Appeal for Real? DOL Seeks Abeyance As It Formulates New Overtime Regulations

On November 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking the appellate court to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that...more

California Court Denies Conditional Certification of “Regular Rate” Overtime Case

by BakerHostetler on

With waves of cases already having addressed common targets for wage and hour litigation – assistant managers, healthcare workers, loan officers, donning and doffing claims, and the like – cases alleging more arcane claimed...more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

A Wage and Hour Time Bomb: Case Highlights the Scope of FLSA’s “Fluctuating Workweek” Method for Paying Overtime

There are still quite a few unsettled questions regarding the details of how overtime compensation must be calculated and paid to employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Within these grey areas, collective and...more

Employment Law This Week®: Special “Wage and Hour” Edition

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Court Cases Challenge English-Only COBRA Election Procedures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two pending federal cases could reveal situations in which employers with a significant multi-lingual workforce should provide translated versions of their COBRA election materials....more

Employment Law This Week®: D.C. Policy Update, Wage and Hour Administrator Nominee, DOL’s 80/20 Rule

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

DOL Flip-Flop: SOX's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Apply to Overseas Conduct After All

by Littler on

In a late-August decision with potentially far-reaching implications for foreign and multinational employers, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) held that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's (SOX)...more

Lawsuits Are Focused on Wellness Program Compliance. Are You?

by Alston & Bird on

Wellness programs are a win-win for everybody – until administrators run afoul of ambiguous rules and regulations. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group analyzes two recent lawsuits that could impact program...more

Legal Update: Trump’s One-offs to Labor Regulations Change the Big Picture

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

When Trump was a brand-new President (or force of nature, depending on how you look at it), we observed that the dawn of his administration would not necessarily augur wholesale changes to the overall landscape of legal...more

What’s Cooking In The Workplace Under The Trump Administration?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As Labor Day approaches and the Trump administration enters its eighth month, it’s time to evaluate the president’s impact on the world of labor and employment law. Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, President Trump...more

Pre-Litigation FLSA Settlements Don’t Require Court Or DOL Approval, New York Federal Court Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a case of first impression in the Second Circuit, a court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held private settlements under the FLSA entered into prior to a lawsuit being filed do not...more

DOL Seeks Input Before Issuing New Proposed Rulemaking on the White Collar Exemptions

by Littler on

On July 25, 2017, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced its intent to publish a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public before issuing revised proposed overtime exemption regulations...more

Google Prevails, In Part (And For Now), In Compensation Data Dispute With OFCCP

On July 14, 2017, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the Department of Labor issued a Recommended Decision and Order (the “Opinion”) in the case brought by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)...more

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Google in Denial-of-Access Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an advantageous decision for federal contractors, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled last week that a demand by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for pay data about Google employees was...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

Court Rules That Company Discretionary Offer Of Voluntary Separation Agreements Does Not Create An ERISA-Covered Severance Plan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It always has been difficult to give a consistent answer as to whether informal severance arrangements have created an ERISA-covered severance plan. In Mance v. Quest Diagnostics Inc., 2017 WL 684711 (DC NJ 2017), the U.S....more

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