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Overtime Law Update – One Rule Stalled, One Law Gaining Momentum

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Employment Law

In 2015 and 2016, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (“DOL”) released proposed and final rules that were set to dramatically change the face of overtime exemptions by raising the threshold salary requirement to around $47,500.  The Final Rule became effective as of December 1st, 2016, but several contemporaneous events have worked to upend the new regulation, and changes are afoot even now with respect to overtime. It’s time to take a quick look at the status of overtime regulations. More >

New FMLA Forms Address GINA Safe Harbor

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently revised and updated the template forms that the agency issues for use in Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) notice and certification. Some of these new forms have received substantial revision, and all have been approved through the end of May 2018. The most notable change, however, may be that certain new forms related to medical certification (WH-380-E, WH-380-F, WH-385 and WH-385-V) address Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) “safe harbor” language. More >

Rethinking the 24/7 Response

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Overtime Pay, Wage and Hour

Always connected. Always available. Always responsive. In an era where personal electronic devices have become more of a technological appendage than merely a handy gadget, a growing number of employers are grappling with the question of how well-connected their employees should be. Employers certainly benefit from the ability of employees to be available at all times and through instantaneous connection. The instant problem is the way in which this constant connectivity begins to warp the work-life balance. Should employees respond to employment-related emails after hours? Should they text back to the boss in the evenings to respond to work inquiries? Should employers expect employees to be responsive around the clock? Some employers are beginning to change their expectations for employee responsiveness after hours, and possibly just in time to stave off impending wage and hour law implications. More >

Obama Orders Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Paid Time Off ("PTO"), Sick Employees

On Labor Day, appropriately enough, President Obama issued an executive order establishing up to seven days of paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. The order was drafted and proposed in early August and issued on September 7th, capping off the White House’s push of its “Lead on Leave” initiative.

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Second Circuit: An Internship is an Internship

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL")

Recipients of the benefits of unpaid intern labor everywhere recoiled in horror in June of 2013 when a Federal District Court Judge in Manhattan held that unpaid interns on the set of the film “Black Swan” were protected by minimum wage and other employment laws. Since then, employers have been looking at that college kid earning “valuable work experience” by bringing them their coffee with a wary eye. Fret not, employers, for the Second Circuit has overturned the results in the “Black Swan” case (better known as Glatt, et al. v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.) while simultaneously rejecting a Department of Labor test for unpaid internships in a deft display of legal agility and coordination that can only be described as “balletic”. More >

How Much Time Can New Parents Take Off?

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)

Paid leave for new parents, both mothers and fathers, has been in the headlines as of late as the U.S. Department of Labor promotes its “Lead on Leave” initiative. The question for employers, however, is just how much time may an employee take off for the birth or adoption of a child. Luckily, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) answers the question almost entirely by itself.

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Surprise! That Independent Contractor is an Employee!

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Independent Contractors

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has given employers some bitter pills to swallow lately, especially in light of the proposed rule concerning new restrictions on the white collar overtime exemption. With a new set of guidance on the classification of independent contractors, the streak of DOL heartburn for employers continues unabated.

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ALERT - Department of Labor Set to Change Overtime Exemption Regulations under the FLSA

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime Pay

On July 6th, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the potential to affect an untold number of employers. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 38515, drastically changes the DOL’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to overtime exemptions. The current rule, put in place in 2004, exempts employees with salaries of at least $455 a week ($23,660 a year) and who perform executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer duties from overtime regulations.

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The Big and Small Implications in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

Posted In Department of Labor ("DOL"), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), U.S. Department of Labor

There are two important takeaways from Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association,[1] one with a broad scope and the other much narrower. The broader ruling exempts agency interpretations of laws and regulations from any notice and comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act (“APA”), allowing agencies to substantially alter interpretations without notice. On a different note, however, is the finding that Department of Labor (“DoL”) Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) classification interpretations are subject to change at any moment.

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What Employers Should Know about the FMLA and Same-Sex Marriages under New Department of Labor Rules

Posted In Civil Rights, Department of Labor ("DOL"), Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)

After the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, federal agencies have been moving to align federal policies and procedures with the holding of that case. The Court held, basically, that same-sex marriages performed in states where those marriages are legal are valid, legal marriages for purposes of federal law. To that end, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) promulgated a final rule on February 25th, 2015 that revised the regulatory definition of the word “spouse” to include same-sex spouses from legal marriages to eligible employees for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The final rule becomes effective on March 27th, 2015.

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