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Intern or Employee? DOL Adopts Courts’ “Primary Beneficiary” Analysis for Determining When Your Unpaid Intern Will Be Deemed an...

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The use of unpaid interns is a common practice across many industries, especially in the D.C. Metro area. And the question recently addressed by the Ninth Circuit is not a new one: under what set of circumstances does an...more

US Department of Labor Issues Updated Guidelines for Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued Fact Sheet #71, which sets forth new federal guidelines for determining whether an intern or student at a for-profit company must be paid under...more

To Pay or Not to Pay: DOL Abandons Six-Part Intern Test in Favor of Primary Beneficiary Test

by Reed Smith on

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised guidance on the question of whether interns and students are “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and, thus, must be paid at least minimum...more

Are Interns Actually Employees? DOL Adopts New Guidance for Assessing Whether Interns Qualify as Employees

As part of its revision of Obama-era policies, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced a new test for assessing whether interns qualify as employees under the Federal Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The agency’s...more

“I’m Just an Intern!” DOL Changes Course and Adopts Primary Beneficiary Standard for Intern Compensation Cases

Determining when an unpaid intern is really an employee has been a moving target for the last several years. However, on January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor announced that its Wage and Hour Division will now use the...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 2017: The Top 14 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 were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different,...more

When Are Unpaid Internships Allowed Under the FLSA? DOL Revises Test

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For-profit organizations have new guidelines to follow when determining whether they must pay interns. On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new test for determining whether interns must be paid or...more

Pennsylvania Court Rejects FLSA Method of Overtime Calculation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently affirmed that the use of the "fluctuating workweek" method to determine the amount of overtime owed violates the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA), unlike the federal Fair Labor...more

FLSA Penalties Increase

by Fisher Phillips on

This week the U.S. Department of Labor published increases in the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. These new levels, approximately 2% higher than those...more

Use of Fluctuating Work Week Method To Pay Overtime Must Have A Fixed Salary As The Foundation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A class of equipment operators and trainees has asked a federal court to approve a $1.35 million settlement of their FLSA class action lawsuit alleging the Company did not fairly pay them their wages and used a gimmick to...more

Toll Road Ahead: Fourth Circuit Rules Mixed-Fleet Interstate Truck Drivers May Be Entitled To Overtime Pay

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Despite the overtime exemption provided by the Motor Carrier Act, interstate trucking employers who operate “mixed fleets” – those with vehicles both over and under 10,000 pounds – may owe overtime pay to drivers of the...more

Are Underwriters Exempt From Overtime Requirements? Supreme Court Leaves Question Open

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Are underwriters exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements? Financial services companies may assume so. But a recent Ninth Circuit decision—along with the Supreme Court’s refusal on November 27...more

How Is 2017 Like 1947?

by Fisher Phillips on

Once upon a time, a seriously-alarmed legislature grew concerned that wage-hour claims and litigation had gotten out-of-hand. A series of court decisions had, among other things, broadly expanded the scope of what counted...more

Overtime Claim Against Chipotle Stayed Until Contempt Motion Is Heard

As previously reported in EmployNews, in December a creative group of plaintiffs’ lawyers filed suit against Chipotle in federal district court in New Jersey. The lawyers contended that despite a Texas federal court’s...more

A Lesson For Employers – Take The Easy Way Out: No Jurisdiction In FLSA Lawsuit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I always look for the easiest way out of a FLSA lawsuit. I use the word “easiest” in the most generic sense, as no magic bullet defense is truly easy. However, there are times when you catch lightning in a bottle, i.e. the...more

With Overtime Appeal On Hold, When Should We Expect New Regulations?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that invalidated controversial federal...more

The Beat Goes On For The New USDOL Overtime Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I remember with fondness the Sonny & Cher song, “The Beat Goes On.” That song could be easily applied to the saga of the USDOL overtime rule, which continues. Although the proposed rule has been shot down by the Fifth...more

Department of Labor Files Appeal and Motion for Abeyance in Overtime Rule Litigation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There have been new developments in litigation over changes to regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that specify which workers are eligible for overtime pay. Readers of our Mid-Week Memo will recall that...more

I-18- DC Update on Joint Employer and OT Issues, and Part 1 of an Expert Interview on Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update on current DC initiatives to change joint employer and overtime exemption standards, as well as Part 1 of a two-part interview with a leading expert on conducting an...more

Big Commissions & FLSA Omissions: How Employers Could Be Required to Pay Six-Figure Earners Overtime Wages

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision highlights why the FLSA is not always the remedial statute created to protect low-income workers by holding that four commission-based sales representatives, each earning six figures, were...more

Halloween Ushers In Potential Resurrection Of Proposed Overtime Rule

You thought it was dead – but the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on October 30 that it plans to appeal a Texas district court’s August ruling which invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule. The...more

Buckle Up for 2018: New Overtime Regulations Manufacturing Confusion

Readers of this blog may recognize I have spilled a good deal of ink over the last two years discussing the impact of the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the minimum salary for certain employees to be considered...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

Whatever Happened to Those New Overtime Regulations? DOL May Be Sending a Signal with Its Notice of Appeal

Remember last year when everyone was getting ready for the big change to the salary threshold for the overtime exemption that was set to go into effect on December 1? And then, seemingly out of nowhere, a judge put a stop to...more

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