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DOL Starts Enforcing New Home Health Care Provider Rule Today

As we discussed in October, the Supreme Court denied a request to stay the Department of Labor’s new “Home Care” Final Rule, which prohibits third-party employers from using the overtime exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for certain domestic ...

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FLSA FAQ: A Solution for Per Diem Problems

Yesterday, we discussed the DOL’s focus on employers’ per diem payments to employees.  I promised an easy–and more easily defensible–solution to employers who want to pay per diems but don’t want the headache of tracking every last receipt that comes ...

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FLSA FAQ: The Problem with Per Diems

Last week, I mentioned that the “per diem” issue under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is not just a regular rate calculation problem, but a liability issue, too.  In the case that we discussed on Friday, the parties had agreed that ...

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Spooky Halloween Stories: Al Jazeera Publishes New Editorial Featuring Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil

I tweeted this article out on Twitter last week, but for your Friday reading, I wanted to pass along Al Jazeera’s editorial profile of Dr. David Weil, the administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).  The WHD is ...

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Shepherders and the H-2A Visa: DOL Publishes New Rule on Minimum Wage, Other Issues

In proof that the reach of the Department of Labor, the FLSA, and immigration laws is greater than you ever thought, this past week, the DOL published its Final Rule on shepherders and other herders of range livestock, including goats.  The ...

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Supreme Court Denies Request to Delay DOL Home Care Wage Rule

In a form order without explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday declined home health care industry groups’ request to delay a lower court’s ruling upholding the Department of Labor’s new regulations governing home health care workers aimed at boosting wages. He did not ...

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Federal Contractor Minimum Wage to Increase for 2016

The President’s Executive Order 13658, released in October 2014, which set a minimum wage for certain federal contractor employees requires that the Department of Labor adjust the minimum wage on an annual basis. Earlier this month in the Federal Register, ...

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DOL Promoting Timesheet App again on Official Blog

The DOL promoted its Timesheet app again in a blog post yesterday, which it cross-posted to DigitalGov (and why DigitalGov.Gov, instead of Digital.Gov?).  Since May 2011, DOL has offered Timesheet for individuals to use to keep their own separate time records.  The free ...

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Here’s How the Possible Federal Government Shutdown Could Impact Employers

For the umpteenth time in the past several years, Congress is once again on the brink of a threatened shutdown due to a budget standoff.  When I was an attorney at the Social Security Administration, we went through this fire ...

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Final Push Puts DOL FLSA Regulation Comments over 264,000

As employers anxiously await the final regulations codifying changes to the FLSA white collar exemptions, and the salary level in particular, the DOL announced the final public comment totals during the 60-day comment period that closed on September 4.

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