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Time to Think About Holiday Bonuses

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Halloween has passed and we are now squarely approaching the holiday season. While this time of year brings many good things, it can also bring unwanted headaches for employers wanting to spread some “holiday cheer,”...more

Puerto Rico’s New Post-Hurricane Guidance: A How-To on Paying Exempt and Non-Exempt Workers

On October 17, 2017, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary of Labor) published Opinion No. 2017-001, providing further guidance to private-sector employers on how they should...more

The Federal Overtime Rule Stalls and State Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules Rev Up

As we previously reported, a federal district judge’s invalidation of the Obama-era overtime rules – which proposed a sharp increase in the salary threshold for exempt employees, expanding overtime pay to millions of workers...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

Paying Employees During Short Rest Breaks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Do I need to pay non-exempt employees when they go on short rest breaks of 20 minutes or less? A: Yes. The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has long taken the position that when employers offer non-exempt...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

DOL to Challenge Order Invalidating Obama Administration’s Controversial 2016 Overtime Rule

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) alerted Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant that it planned to challenge his August 31, 2017 order invalidating the Obama administration’s controversial 2016 overtime...more

Return of the Living Dead: Could Unsuccessful California Bills Haunt Employers in 2018?

by Littler on

As discussed in our prior article, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several significant labor and employment measures into law in California, including a statewide ban-the-box provision and an expansion of parental leave...more

So You Want to Give Your Employee a Bonus?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There are many reasons employers give bonuses to employees. Bonuses are a motivator. They effectively reward past contributions. Bonuses also allow employers to provide additional compensation to the workforce on a one-time...more

Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor Issues Opinion Regarding Employee Compensation Following Hurricanes Irma and María

by Littler on

On October 17, 2017, the Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary) issued Opinion No. 2017-001 (Opinion) regarding the compensation of exempt and non-exempt private sector employees for workdays...more

Are You Owed Overtime Wages?

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay all non-exempt employees the federal minimum wage. It also requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for any...more

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships: An FLSA Exemption Case Makes its Way Back to the Supreme Court

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The United States Supreme Court will address again whether service advisors are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)....more

Do Employers Need to Pay for Short Rest Breaks?

As longtime readers of this blog know, there are some common myths regarding wage and hour issues. One of the most prevalent of these concerns rest breaks. Although many people think that workers are entitled by law to...more

Sales Representative Who Was Paid $900,000 Can Still Claim Violation of Overtime Law, Says Federal Court

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Under federal law, employers must pay employees time-and-a-half if they work over 40 hours in a workweek, unless the employees are exempt from the overtime law. Employers don’t usually think of an employee who takes home...more

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

by Fisher Phillips on

Management's already-daunting, time-consuming responsibilities are further complicated by the need to motivate employees to do desirable things and to deter them from doing unwanted things. It is therefore understandable that...more

Obama’s Proposed Overtime Rule is Overruled

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As you may recall, in 2016 the Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In nutshell, the new rule raised the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime from $455/ week...more

Wage and Hour Update: Third Circuit Clarifies Standard for Showing Willful Violations in FLSA Overtime Claims

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay time-and-a-half overtime to all non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Employers who fail to pay overtime may be liable for both the...more

Paying Employees During A Shutdown Due To Natural Disasters And Inclement Weather

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Do I need to pay my employees if my company has closed or temporarily shut down operations due to a natural disaster or inclement weather? A: It depends. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and in...more

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Certification in Off-the-Clock Case

by BakerHostetler on

With many of the most common sources of overtime claims being exhausted (e.g., assistant manager cases), plaintiffs are bringing off-the-clock cases in increasing numbers. While employers should certainly pay nonexempt...more

Disasters and the Workforce: Navigating Stormy Waters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Thousands of Florida coastal residents were ordered to evacuate last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, even as their employers remained open. A pizza restaurant manager made headlines when he threatened action against...more

Overtime Exemption Increases: Not Now, But (Probably) Soon

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As our readers are aware, we have devoted a good amount of space to discussing the status of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on exemptions from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After a...more

FLSA Overtime Rule Struck Down Leaving DOL and Employers in Limbo

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In a decision issued on August 31, 2017, federal district Judge Amos Mazzant struck down as invalid the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime exemption rule which planned to significantly increase the salary threshold...more

Judge Strikes Down DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule!

by Ruder Ware on

Finally, it appears we have closure on this saga that started over a year ago! On August 31st, the same Texas federal district court judge who granted a preliminary injunction last November delaying the effective date of the...more

Texas Two-Step: Overtime Ruling Does Not Completely End the Obama Rule Dance

On August 31, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, issued an order invalidating the Obama-era overtime rules. Finding that the Department of Labor rule exceeded its...more

Hurricane Irma: 10 Challenges for Employers

by Littler on

Hurricane Irma shows no sign of relenting as it barrels toward Florida and the Southeast Coast of the United States. As noted in a prior Littler article about Irma, safety and security are the top priorities at this point....more

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