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Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws - Partner Joseph Ortiz Provides Update in the Press-Enterprise

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers had a busy 2017 addressing various employment issues. A majority of these new laws took effect Jan. 1. If you are an employer and are not yet in compliance, immediate action should be taken to review your...more

Employment Law 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...more

FAQs on Washington’s New Paid Sick and Safe Time Requirements Effective Now - Notices to Employees Due No Later Than March 1, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

The state of Washington’s new paid sick and safe time (PSST) requirements became effective January 1, 2018. They apply to all employees covered by Washington’s Minimum Wage Act. Employees who meet the “white collar”...more

Are Construction Project Supervisors Exempt from the FLSA’s Overtime Requirements?

The Answer: It depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. However, two recent reissued opinion letters from the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provide construction companies...more

What Can We Expect From The Department Of Labor In 2018?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

2018 is likely to see activity from the Department of Labor to increase the minimum salary amounts for overtime exempt employees. As you may recall, one of the most significant developments out of the Department of Labor in...more

Potential Changes On The Horizon For Pennsylvania Wage And Hour Law

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Have there been any recent changes to the overtime pay rules that we have to be concerned about? A. Currently, under both federal and Pennsylvania law, to be exempt from overtime under the “white collar exemptions,”...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (January Edition)

by Littler on

2018 may have barely begun, but minimum wage and overtime activity at the local, state – and even federal – levels is well underway. Settle in – we’ve got a lot to cover....more

Pennsylvania Announces Plans to Make More Workers Eligible for Overtime

It’s like déjà vu all over again. It seems like just yesterday, but it’s nearly four years ago that then-President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to “modernize and streamline” the Fair Labor...more

Pennsylvania to Update Overtime Salary Threshold and Duties Tests

On January 17, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced an initiative to “modernize” Pennsylvania’s overtime rules. Governor Wolf has directed the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to develop a plan to...more

USDOL Reissues 17 Opinion Letters That Were Withdrawn in 2009

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division reissued 17 opinion letters that were withdrawn in 2009, shortly after President Obama began his first term in office. The USDOL under the Obama...more

Pennsylvania Plans New Overtime Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his administration's plan to update state overtime pay regulations, including a substantial increase in the salary an employee must earn to be exempt from overtime pay under state law....more

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water: PA Takes Charge—Raising White Collar Exemption Salary Threshold

by Blank Rome LLP on

Proclaiming it an effort to strengthen the middle class in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced this week a proposal to modernize the Commonwealth’s outdated overtime rules to increase pay for nearly a half million...more

Now It’s Pennsylvania’s Turn – Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Increases to Minimum Salary Requirements for State Law Overtime...

As many will recall, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations in May 2016 that would have increased dramatically the minimum salary requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” overtime exemptions. ...more

Dear Littler: Does Equity Compensation Count as Wages under Federal and California Law?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: We need to hire some key personnel for our new tech company. We intend to offer them equity in the enterprise as compensation. The equity should be very valuable in the long run, and the deal we have in mind is...more

California Statewide and Local Minimum Wage Rates to Increase in 2018

California's minimum wage rate increased on January 1, 2018, to $11.00 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees and $10.50 per hour for those with 25 or fewer employees. The increase is a result of California...more

When Is A Seemingly Exempt Employee Not Truly Exempt?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are complicated and can often be frustrating for employers. Determining which employees in a workforce may or may not be exempt from entitlement to overtime pay...more

Take 5 Newsletter December 2017 - 2017 Wrap-Up & Heads-Up: The Top Workforce Management Issues of 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment in the Wake of #MeToo - Revelations of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and those that have followed, have ignited sexual harassment complaints against employers across all industries....more

Here We Come A Waiver-ing: 2017 Year In Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and the WH-L-PG Contemplated the wage-hour year lyrically; We considered the issues our readers would most like to savor And decided the tastiest one was class waiver....more

Reminder: New York Minimum Wage Rates and Salary Thresholds for the Executive and Administrative Exemptions Will Increase on...

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

Although the minimum wage rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act remains $7.25 per hour and the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to raise the minimum salary to qualify for a white-collar exemption under federal law have...more

Salary-Threshold Proposal Apparently Months Away

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent U.S. Department of Labor regulatory status report indicates that no proposal to change the 2016 compensation revisions affecting the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions will be...more

Senate Bill 621 Gives Part-Time Educators Their Proportional Share

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Senate Bill 621 will become effective on January 1, 2018. The bill amends Labor Code section 515.8 and is intended to address the ambiguities in Assembly Bill 2230 which was enacted last year....more

Exempt Employee Pay Minimums Will Increase in 2018 in Various States

by Littler on

As employers wait to see whether – and to what extent – the U.S. Department of Labor will revise the minimum amount they must pay to executive, administrative, and professionals for exemption from the Fair Labor Standards...more

2018 Exemption Limits for the Computer Professional and Physician Exemptions

by Bryan Cave on

Effective January 1, 2018, California’s Department of Industrial Relations will begin imposing new rates for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption to reflect a 2.9% increase...more

Nonprofits Can Avoid Overtime Requirements If They Avoid 'Enterprise' Status

Last year’s proposal to increase the minimum salary to qualify for exemption from federal overtime requirements hit nonprofit employers particularly hard. While the new salary levels never went into effect, many nonprofits...more

Employment Flash - November 2017

Recently Passed US Federal, State and Local and International Employment Laws - This November 2017 special edition of the Employment Flash summarizes certain noteworthy U.S. federal, state and local, as well as...more

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