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New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations Very Likely to be Released Next Week

For those of you who have been following the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to change (at least) the salary threshold for white collar employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the day of reckoning is likely upon us.  On March 14, the DOL submitted its final version of the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget ...

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Your “Construction” Business Under State Employee Classification Laws

After a brief (but mandatory) operational pause, the blog is back!  I can’t promise daily posts going forward, but I will be active from here on out.  Back to our regular programming… Have you ever dreamed of being in “waste management” or having your very own construction business.  No?  Does your business have janitors? Maintenance workers? Tower climbers? Installers? Service ...

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FLSA FAQ: Pay Wages Late, and You’ll Be The One a Dollar Short

Over the holidays, I read about a lawsuit against a now-shuttered Dallas hospital filed by a nurse who was among 150 or so employees who were told the morning that the hospital suddenly closed for good that they would not be paid because of an “unexpected funding issue.”  The former head of the hospital’s management company commented in the news story ...

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The FLSA and Inclement Weather: Paying Employees During Weather-Related Shutdowns

Over the holidays, a number of areas of the country experienced severe weather, from blizzard conditions to thunderstorms and tornadoes.  Blog readers and HR contacts in the industry have been sending questions, posting on social media, and calling with questions that go something like this: Q.  We had some severe winter weather here that was so bad that the General ...

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FLSA Regulations are Here…with Four Surprises!

After years of speculation, the day is finally here: the Department of Labor will finally publish its revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) white collar exemptions tomorrow in the Federal Register (or at least announce then, with publication to follow shortly thereafter). The final regulations have four pleasant surprises for employers, though. That’s not to say that the ...

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New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations Very Likely to be Released Next Week

For those of you who have been following the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to change (at least) the salary threshold for white collar employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the day of reckoning is likely upon us.  On March 14, the DOL submitted its final version of the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget ...

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Recent Indictment is Good Reminder that FLSA, Other Wage and Hour Laws Provide for Criminal Charges

We talk regularly about the DOL’s focus on misclassifications or the potential liability for unpaid overtime, but these are all civil penalties. Although they are somewhat rare, the FLSA and other wage and hour statutes provide opportunities for criminal charges against employers. In recent years, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has issued press releases trumpeting criminal charges brought against employers.  For instance, ...

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A Deeper Look at the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s FY2015 Enforcement Statistics

Yesterday, we looked at statistics for FLSA lawsuits in federal courts during calendar year 2015.  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently released its enforcement statistics for FY2015, which ended on September 30.  The data shows a few trends: The WHD collected $247 million in back wages in total, up by $6 million from FY2014. The WHD collected ...

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