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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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No Joy In Mudville: Meal and Rest Break Amendment Strikes Out in Final Transportation Bill

Last month, we talked about Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)’s Amendment 783 to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (the formal name for H.R. 22, the House’s version of the transportation bill).  Yesterday, Congress announced ...

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New Federal Transportation Bill May Bring Meal and Rest Break Relief to Employers

UPDATE: Amendment 783 was cut out of the final bill in conference. As you may have heard, the House has passed a 6-year, $325 billion transportation bill, after considering over 130 amendments.  What you may not know is that the bill ...

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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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The Effect (or Non-Effect) of Expense Reimbursements on the FLSA “Regular Rate”

Recently, we have discussed certain types of special calculations for non-exempt employees who earn commissions or who receive commissions or bonuses at a later date than they earned them. These issues are all part of broader discussions about fixed payments that ...

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FLSA FAQ: Commuting in an Employer-Provided Vehicle

In the second installment of this “employee travel” series yesterday, I outlined the somewhat nebulous standard of a “normal” commute under the Employee Commuting Flexibility Act (ECFA) amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (EFCA). In particular, Congress passed ECFA in large ...

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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: Commuting

Over the years in different industries, there are times that, like Johnny Cash, I’ve felt like I’ve been everywhere, particularly commuting from one job site or location to another. Yesterday, I outlined the general rules for non-exempt employee travel under the ...

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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: The General Rules

Throwback Wednesday doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’m going for it anyway.  One of the best country music “work” songs goes back to my high school days and Tracy Lawrence’s 1991 Sticks and Stones album.  “Runnin’ ...

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Ninth Circuit’s FLSA Pre Shift Activity Decision Shows Value of Integrity Staffing Standard

Last month, I mentioned that the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Integrity Staffing v. Busk has its limits.  That does not mean that the case has no utility whatsoever.  The Court’s formulation of work that is “integral and indispensable” is ...

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