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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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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DHS Updates Guide for U and T Visas, Increasingly Used by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division

The Department of Homeland Security last week updated its U and T Visa Law Enforcement Guide. The 33-page document is designed to “inform [law enforcement agencies] and address concerns about the role of law enforcement agencies within these visa programs.” and “includes ...

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Department of Labor Ramps Up Outreach To Retailers’ Employees

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an ominous blog post for employers, as they tend to do from time to time.  Last time, it was to promote its official timekeeping app, and this time it ...

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Congress Repeals FLSA Provision, Immigration Battle Heads to Supreme Court

Earlier this week, we discussed the important amendment to the transportation bill that would clarify that federal law preempts certain state meal and rest break laws for interstate carriers.  That’s not the only change involving the FLSA and wage and ...

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What the DOL’s Possible Delay of New Overtime Rules Means for Employers

Undoubtedly the hottest topic in Fair Labor Standards Act and wage and hour law has been the Department of Labor’s (DOL) effort to revise the FLSA’s “white collar” or EAP regulations governing executive, administrative, and professional employees who are exempt ...

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