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The Department of Labor Restores Bush Era Opinion Letters

Opinion
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is turning back the clock in a move that it believes will provide clarity for employers who seek to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). On January 5, 2018, the DOL reinstated 17 opinion letters to employers that were published in January 2009, during the final month … Continue reading this entry

Are You Required to Pay Your Interns?

Interns
For-profit employers occasionally bring on unpaid interns to work at the company. The question employers must ask is whether an unpaid intern is actually an employee and, therefore, entitled to be paid minimum wage and overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  If an intern is not an employee under the FLSA, … Continue reading this entry

When Is A Seemingly Exempt Employee Not Truly Exempt?

Exempt
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 requires a detailed analysis of complex regulations. The result of an employer’s analysis can be very consequential for the organization.  … Continue reading this entry

Another Joint Employment Development, And Still More Uncertainty

Joint
For the last several years, “joint employment” (whatever that now means legally) has been anything but the gift that keeps on giving for employers. First, joint employment became a tool that the previous Administration locked onto in seeking to expand wage and hour liabilities and to open up potential union organizing opportunities and labor relations … Continue reading this entry

Repeat After Me: College Athletes Are Not School Employees Under the FLSA

FLSA
“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” This quote (attributed to Brazilian author Paulo Cuelho) comes to mind with last month’s filing of yet another lawsuit, Livers v. NCAA, by a college athlete who alleges that playing a college sport is work such that … Continue reading this entry

So You Want to Give Your Employee a Bonus?

Interns
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 basis without baking in wage increases and thus increasing the costs of wage-based benefits such as vacation.  Sometimes, employers have an exceptional year … Continue reading this entry

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

Overtime
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 topsy-turvy year-and-a-half, in which multiple courts’ issues opined on the status of that rule, we recently asked … Continue reading this entry

Off-Duty Emails May Be Compensable (or Not)

Exempt
After living with the reality of after-hours work emails, texts and cell phone calls for so many years, no one should be surprised that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees for all overtime hours worked – including any overtime spent emailing, texting or … Continue reading this entry

What Ever Happened to the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rule?

Overtime
As our readers may recall, last year we devoted a good amount of time addressing the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on overtime exemptions. Under that rule, which was supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2016, the minimum salary required to be exempt from overtime requirements under the certain Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading this entry

Congress Considers FLSA Amendment That Could Provide Flexible Overtime Options

NLRB
Employers are generally well aware that they must comply with the main pillars of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), requiring that (1) employees be paid at least minimum wage and (2) employees be paid at a rate of one-and-a-half times their hourly wage for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a week. … Continue reading this entry

Making Employees Watch the Clock Can be Good for Employers

Employer
A few months ago, we reminded our readers about the need to maintain accurate time records for non-exempt employees. This consideration is especially important for those employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), meaning that most readers of this article should take note.   An appeal currently pending in the Seventh Circuit … Continue reading this entry

So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected Under Federal Employment Law or Not?

LGBTQ
The most accurate answer to this question is, “it depends.” On March 10, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) weighed in on LGBTQ protections – but the decision is not as clear as some of the headlines make it seem. For instance, some reports proclaimed that the court ruled … Continue reading this entry

It Pays to Pay Attention to Impact When Considering Layoffs

Discrimination
Unfortunately, many employers from time to time face the need to restructure or downsize their workforce. While the business climate or customer needs are often the driving force in a restructuring or layoff, there are a number of other factors that employers must consider when planning for the actual implementation of such a change. As … Continue reading this entry

Fight On? Student-Athletes Press for Employee Status Despite Seventh Circuit Rejection

Bong … Bong … Bong … that is the death knell you thought you heard following the decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin) in Berger v. NCAA earlier this month. After that case, many legal prognosticators proclaimed the demise of student-athletes’ claims that they are actually employees of … Continue reading this entry

“Accurate” Time Records Must Actually Be Accurate

Sometimes it is important to get back to basics and refresh our understanding of topics that are already well-known to human resources professionals.  In this season of confusion, particularly regarding the on-again/off-again Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary test, it is worthwhile to review the timekeeping records that employers are required to maintain with respect … Continue reading this entry

Court Blocks Overtime Rule; Employers Off the Hook on December 1 Changes (For Now)

Yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary nationwide injunction preventing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) overtime rule from taking effect on December 1. We discussed both the lawsuit and the final rule previously, and also provided a Q&A about these changes.… Continue reading this entry

The “Persuader Rule” Permanently Enjoined

As we have previously reported, in March of 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a reinterpretation of the Persuader Activities Rule (The “Revised Rule”). This Revised Rule required that: employers must annually report agreements that have the object of dissuading employees from supporting unions (“persuader activities agreements”); consultants must report such persuader activities agreements … Continue reading this entry

Finding a Balance Between Cell Phone Access to Work Email and On-Call Pay

Long gone are the days where individuals required computer access in order to connect to the internet. Smartphones are everywhere, and the internet of things (IoT) means that common objects such as cars and phones can now easily connect to the internet to send and receive data. Unsurprisingly, it feels like most people have access … Continue reading this entry

SCOTUS Sends Auto Workers Back to Circuit Court for Overtime Regulation “Repairs”

You may not even know the technical name for workers at the local car dealership who diagnose what is wrong with your vehicle and tell you how it can be repaired. They are called auto service advisors, and whether they are entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been the … Continue reading this entry

Q&A on the FLSA’s Changes to Overtime Exemptions

Last month, we discussed the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently published final rule making changes to the so-called “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We also presented a webinar on June 2, 2016, discussing the recent changes to the exemptions and how they may affect employers. As a quick … Continue reading this entry

DOL’s Increased Salary Test: What Employers Need to Know

For months, employers have been anxiously awaiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) final rule on exemptions from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wondering whether the DOL would pass the rule as previously proposed or make modifications to its June 2015 proposed rule. Now the wait is finally over and, as anticipated, … Continue reading this entry

More On The New Rules For White-Collar Exemptions: Strategies To Consider

EEOC
Last week, we highlighted the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new proposed amendments to the “white-collar” exemption regulations. As the proposed rules move closer to becoming final this summer, with an effective date 60 days later, we take the opportunity to explain further what these new regulations will mean for employers. As we suggest in greater … Continue reading this entry

Lessons from the Supreme Court: Do Not Settle for Average, Keep Exceptional Time Records

As we have reported several times before, much litigation has been directed at exposing and litigating the uncertainties posed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the area of donning (i.e., putting on) and doffing (i.e., taking off) personal protective equipment (PPE). The Supreme Court has recently entered the fray, and in its recent … Continue reading this entry

Time To Stop And Actually Look At Your Bulletin Boards

Employer
When was the last time you stopped and looked – really, truly looked – at all of the workplace posters on your company’s bulletin boards? Many employers take the Ron Popeil philosophy of workplace posters and “set it, and forget it.” But failing to keep your workplace posters up to date can lead to unnecessary … Continue reading this entry