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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: Part 2

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On January 15, the DOL’s new regulations affecting the calculation of the “regular rate” of pay took effect, in an attempt to “provide clarity and to better reflect the 21st-century workplace.” In part one of our look at the changes, we looked ...

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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: Part 1

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has been busy lately, and not just by increasing the threshold for salaried, exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That threshold increased on January 1, 2020 for the first time since the ...

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A Quick Overview of the Status of the DOL and NLRB Joint Employer Proposals

Geez, I go away for Spring Break and the Department of Labor (DOL) starts going crazy! More on the DOL’s intepretation of “regular rate” released this past Friday, March 28 later, but on Monday, April 1, the Department added its ...

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

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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 ...

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FLSA Regulations are Here…with Four Surprises!

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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2016 Omnibus Spending Bill Maintains DOL, NLRB Funding, Contains Mixed Immigration News for Businesses

Yesterday, we discussed important immigration legislation pending in Congress.  We can’t overlook the $1.15 trillion FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that Congress passed this week, though.  The Omnibus Bill avoided another government shutdown and funded most federal agencies through the federal government’s 2016 fiscal year, ...

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Occupational Outlook, Fastest Growing Occupations List

This past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the Department of Labor, released employment projections data about the labor market from 2014 to 2024.  Looking at the labor market 10 years in the future.  BLS uses these ...

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