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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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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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What Employers SHOULD tell the DOL about their Proposed White-Collar Salary Threshold

I know, I know–I haven’t posted here in forever. What can I say? In-house life at a publicly-traded company is busy. I felt compelled to write something, though, because the Department of Labor is back with a new white-collar salary threshold of $35,308, and I couldn’t let my comments from 2016 be my last words on this subject. A large ...

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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 ...

Read More »

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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