Category: FLSA/Wages

The revision of FLSA and other wage and hour regulations presents a compliance challenge for companies nationwide. Employees once classified as exempt may be reclassified as hourly, and vice versa. Sometimes it’s in your company’s best interest to reclassify employees, but you need to be able to weigh the costs and benefits. We show you how, and give you valuable case studies and news updates on the wage and hour front.

overtime

DOL Last-Minute Reply Brief Drops Defense of Final Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), headed by newly appointed Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, has decided not to defend the overtime rule finalized under the Obama Administration. Instead, the DOL will seek to begin a new rulemaking process, likely with a lower salary threshold for exemption.

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DOL Submits Request for Information on the Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the final overtime rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for its review. An RFI is an optional step used by governmental agencies when drafting rules in order to obtain public input on whether a new rule or […]

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Florida

Are Florida Interns Owed Overtime and Minimum Wage?

A federal court in Ft. Myers, Florida recently ruled that 25 former student registered nurse anesthetists have the right to a jury trial on whether they were “employees” of Collier Anesthesia, P.A.

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employment

Employer Asks SCOTUS to Address Joint Employment

An employer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on joint employment in wage and hour claims—an issue that has recently divided the federal courts of appeal and drawn mixed messages from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Maryland

Maryland Restaurant Can’t Shift Liability for Wage Claim to Manager

Maryland’s federal court was recently faced with an unusual scenario when a company being sued for wage and hour violations attempted to bring one of its managers into the litigation, arguing he was also an “employer” under the law and was therefore responsible for a portion of any judgment against the company and its owners. Let’s take a closer look at this interesting case.

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Maryland

Asking Tipped Employees to Perform Extra Duties Can Stick Restaurants with Unwanted Tab

Most restaurants take advantage of the tip credit authorized by federal and Maryland wage and hour law when compensating their servers. If used correctly, the tip credit allows an employer to reduce its labor costs by applying tips earned by employees as a partial credit against the minimum wage they would otherwise be paid for […]

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Maine

Overtime and FLSA: Maine Employer Cheesed Off by Comma Drama

“Who gives [an expletive] about an Oxford comma?” muses the band Vampire Weekend in a hit song. After a recent decision from the 1st Circuit (which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island), I’m sure Oakhurst Dairy cares about the issue quite a bit.

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New Jersey

New Jersey Financial Advisers Are Exempt Employees Under FLSA

A New Jersey federal court recently granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment (dismissal without a trial) on a group of financial advisers’ overtime claims, finding they were properly classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its New Jersey counterpart.

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