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Monopoly Money or the Real Deal? Exploring the Possibility of Paying Employees in Bitcoin

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Bitcoin, the most popular form of digital or crypto-currency, is gaining traction as an investment vehicle and a way to pay for goods and services. More than 100,000 merchants worldwide now accept Bitcoin, allowing consumers...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method . . . but Not for Retail Employees

The Connecticut Supreme Court’s holding in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., No. SC 19829 (August 17, 2017) is a mixed bag for Connecticut employers. While the court held that Connecticut law does not generally...more

Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

by Cozen O'Connor on

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one, it is an even better time to...more

Steps for Solving the Wage Deduction Dilemma

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Figuring out what deductions from an employee’s wages are permitted and prohibited under the law is a quandary. May an employer deduct an employee’s wages for personal charges on the company’s credit card? What about the cost...more

Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths – Part II

I’m happy to report (at least from the standpoint of my own safety) that I was unable to find any evidence last night of the existence of a Big Foot or Sasquatch roaming the neighborhoods of Orefield, Pennsylvania.  That...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...more

The Trump Card: What’s In Store for the Workplace in 2017 and Beyond?

On November 3, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board issued a Decision and Order in Trump Ruffin Commercial, LLC, finding that the Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas unlawfully refused to bargain with UNITE HERE...more

Major Changes to New York Overtime and Minimum Wage Regulations to Take Effect on December 31, 2016

by FordHarrison on

As of December 31, 2016, employers wishing to claim an administrative or executive exemption to New York State’s overtime regulations must raise each exempt employee’s salary threshold to $727.50-$825.00 per week, depending...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

by Lewitt Hackman on

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

Federal Overtime Rule Injunction Calls for State-Level Attention

by Littler on

Many businesses let out a sigh of relief after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements for exempt executive,...more

Employment Law Changes in the Trump Administration

by Burr & Forman on

When Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will enjoy Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, which should allow him to take quick action on a number of employment law issues. Although there issome...more

NY State Prepared to Increase Salary Level for Certain Overtime Exceptions

by Morgan Lewis on

Proposed amendments to the New York State Wage Orders significantly increase the salary levels needed for employers to qualify for the executive and administrative exceptions under the New York Labor Law....more

Penn Students Seek Rehearing, DOL Files Brief in OT Rules Appeal

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Just a quick update on a couple of our recent stories for you wage and hour litigation junkies: Back on December 5, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a case in which two former...more

Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Are Not Employees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Back in August, the National Labor Relations Board threw the higher education community a curve ball ruling that student assistants at Columbia University were employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and were...more

Tenth Circuit Says FLSA Overtime Rate Does Not Include Reasonable Per Diem Meal Pay

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime pay is calculated based on the employee’s “regular rate.” The regular rate includes not just base compensation, but bonuses, incentive pay, commissions and other forms of cash and...more

The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers

by Carlton Fields on

Based on promises made during the campaign, it appears employers may expect changes in the government’s approach to workplace regulation. Although we certainly do not have a crystal ball, President-elect Trump campaigned on a...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

by Littler on

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

Looking Ahead: President Trump, the Overtime Rule, and Other Impacts on the Employment Landscape

The U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will take effect December 1st unless a federal judge in Texas issues an injunction after a hearing next week in an action challenging the rule. In the meantime, employers must...more

Yes, Cher, you can ‘Turn Back Time’—you’ll just have to pay for it

by FordHarrison on

By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Cubs won something called “the World Series.” Our long, national nightmare—arrogant Cubs fans—has now officially begun. Now, onto things that actually matter. This past weekend, we...more

Proposed Amendment to New York State Wage Orders Set To Substantially Raise Salary Requirements For Exempt Employees

by Littler on

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published proposed new Wage Orders which, if enacted, will ultimately increase the salary requirements for exempt employees in New York State beyond even...more

End of Daylight Saving Time: Wage-Hour Implications for Night Shift Workers

by Varnum LLP on

Daylight Saving Time will end in most states on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. when we set our clocks back one hour. How does this time change effect nonexempt employees who are working at the time we "fall back"?...more

Third Circuit Confirms Paid Meal Breaks Cannot Offset FLSA Overtime Liability

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit emphasized the need for employers to capture and compensate all hours worked by non-exempt employees, even if the employer pays the employees for break time that it could treat as...more

State Employment Laws That Every Virginia Employer Should Know

Keeping track of the latest changes to federal employment laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to name just a few, is hard...more

Indiana Employment Law Update: 5 Changes to Laws You Should Know

A number of significant changes to Indiana employment law took effect on July 1, 2015. These changes affected employer’s obligations in areas such as hiring, wages, discrimination, and termination. If employers have not...more

DOL Seeks to Increase the Number of Employees Eligible for Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finally revealed its anticipated proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) overtime exemptions. See 80 F.R. 38515 (July 6, 2015). Employers should brace themselves...more

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