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Opinion Letters Are Back!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division announced today that it is bringing back the WHD Opinion Letter. Opinion letters have long been one of the most useful resources for lawyers and HR professionals trying to figure out how to comply with the laws enforced by the WHD, including the Fair Labor Standards Act … Continue Reading

DOL Withdraws Obama Era Interpretations On Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

On June 7, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Administrator Interpretations (“AIs”) issued under the Obama administration regarding joint employment and independent contractors. We previously discussed the AI on independent contractors here, and the AI on joint employment here and here. Critics of the AIs argued that they amounted to an … Continue Reading

Penn Students Seek Rehearing, DOL Files Brief in OT Rules Appeal

Just a quick update on a couple of our recent stories for you wage and hour litigation junkies: Back on December 5, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a case in which two former University of Pennsylvania student athletes claimed that they and other intercollegiate athletes were employees entitled to … Continue Reading

Exemption Rules Appeal Won't Be Resolved Before Obama Leaves Office

It looks like the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of the order blocking the new overtime exemption rules won’t be decided before President Obama leaves office. Under the Court of Appeals’ regular rules, the DOL’s opening brief would have been due in mid-January, followed by the response brief 30 days later, and the DOL’s reply 14 … Continue Reading

New Exemption Rules Blocked - Now What?

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dealt employers yet another surprise in this season of upsets with its decision in State of Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, halting the implementation of the DOL’s new FLSA overtime exemption rules, which were set to take effect December 1, 2016. The rules … Continue Reading

New Rules Announced: $47,476 Minimum Salary, Effective 12/1/2016

Late yesterday the White House and Department of Labor released key details of the new FLSA overtime exemption rules for white collar workers. The final rules themselves have just been released this morning.  We are still digesting 500-plus page final rules, but the key points are as follows: Effective Date: December 1, 2016. Note that this is … Continue Reading

Details of New Overtime Exemption Rules Begin To Emerge

Bloomberg BNA is reporting (subscription required) that according to a “source familiar with the situation,” the DOL’s new overtime exemption rules will take effect on December 1. The new minimum salary for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees will be $913 per week or $47,476 per year. That’s still more than double the current $455 per week, … Continue Reading

Continued Controversy Surrounding The Proposed New Overtime Rule

Since June, we have written a number of posts covering the Department of Labor’s proposed new overtime rule (see our posts here), and the more than doubling of the salary level threshold for white collar exempt positions. The proposed increase in the salary threshold was quite polarizing and resulted in nearly 300,000 comments. Despite the … Continue Reading

New FLSA Exemption Rules - Coming In July?

Over the last few months we’ve been asked on an almost daily basis when the DOL will be publishing its hotly anticipated white collar exemption rules. The short answer is still, we don’t know. A few months ago, the word was “late 2016,” which made some sense due to the extremely high volume of comments the DOL … Continue Reading

Involved In Multiple Businesses? You Might Be a Joint Employer!

In our previous post about the DOL’s new Administrator’s Interpretation (“AI”) on joint employment under the FLSA, we focused on “vertical” joint employment. That’s the variety of joint employment that exists when there is some sort of intermediary, like a staffing firm, PLA, or temp agency between the employee and the employer that is ultimately … Continue Reading

Think Using a Temp Firm Solves Your FLSA Compliance Problems? Think Again, Says the DOL

On January 20, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new Administrator’s Interpretation (“AI”) on the issue of joint employment under the FLSA. What is joint employment? The FLSA generally applies only to “employers.” If a company or organization is an “employer” of a given employee, it’s responsible … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Service Advisor OT Pay Split

As we reported back in October 2015 a car dealership, Encino Motorcars, petitioned the Supreme Court to “restore uniformity” to the enforcement of legal precedent and hold that service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements.  On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case and hopefully resolve the issue once and for all … Continue Reading

New Exemption Rules May Be Delayed To Late 2016

Waiting is the hardest part.  Ever since the Department of Labor issued its proposal to substantially increase the minimum salary level needed to classify an employee as an exempt executive, administrative or professional employee, employers have been asking when the new rules will take effect. This is not an academic question: many organizations have long … Continue Reading

Friendly Reminder: The Computer Employee Exemption

We recently received a question regarding whether an employer could classify certain IT employees as exempt under the Computer Employee exemption. With the long-awaited final DOL overtime rules for the white collar exemptions yet to make their appearance, we thought this would be a good opportunity to switch gears and remind you of the general … Continue Reading

DOL to Pay $1.5 Million to Employer for Bad Faith Investigation

In an interesting turn of events and what I’m sure will be gratifying for some employers, the Department of Labor has agreed to pay Gate Guard Services $1.5 million to settle claims involving the DOL’s overly aggressive and bad faith tactics in investigating whether Gate Guard’s gate attendants were improperly classified as independent contractors under … Continue Reading
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