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Home healthcare workers to be protected under the FLSA. (Written by Patrick J. Fazzini, an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Ogletree Deakins.)

On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to an estimated two million home health care workers. Scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015, this amendment narrows the FLSA’s “companionship” exemption. In 1974, Congress extended … Continue Reading

Employer’s permanent modification of payroll workweek in order to eliminate OT is OK under the FLSA.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal has determined that an employer’s permanent modification of employees’ “workweeks” in a way that reduced the number of overtime hours did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Abshire v. Redland Energy Services, IIC, 8th Cir., No. 11-3380, October 10, 2012. The FLSA states that workers who … Continue Reading

How many hours have you worked this week? Check your phone.

The Department of Labor has entered the digital age with a splash, and has announced the launch of its first application for smartphones. That app is a timesheet to help employees independently track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one or more employers. Individuals also can access a glossary, contact information … Continue Reading

The Department of Labor’s update to FLSA regulations is a missed opportunity.

In July 2008, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published proposed rules that would change several regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Portal-to-Portal Act, including tip credit, fluctuating workweek, compensatory time, commuting, and other provisions. The proposed rules were not finalized during the previous Administration; however, a … Continue Reading

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division will no longer provide fact-specific Opinion Letters.

Title 29 of the U.S. Code provides direction, regulation, and information regarding issues affecting labor, and includes the Fair Labor Standards Act, which addresses both federal minimum wage issues and the laws regulating overtime pay. The issues addressed under Title 29 are administered, in large part, by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the … Continue Reading

Sales rep falls within FLSA’s “administrative” exemption because of independent strategic planning responsibilities.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees who work more than 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime pay unless they fall under one of the Act’s enumerated exemptions. The 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal found that a Johnson & Johnson sales representative fell within the “administrative” exemption, based upon that person’s … Continue Reading

Shutdowns may have an impact on employees’ FLSA-exempt status.

Many companies affected by the current economic downturn are searching for ways to help weather that storm. Occasional reduction in work hours, implementing mandatory vacations, or instituting short-term furloughs can help an employer to retain experienced employees, while allowing the company to achieve cost savings in this time of economic crisis. The Department of Labor … Continue Reading

Lack-of-specific-knowledge not sufficient to avoid liquidated damages under FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act provides that employers violating the Act’s overtime pay requirements are liable for the amount of unpaid overtime. In addition, such an employer may be held liable for an equal amount of liquidated damages, unless it can show that it acted in “good faith” and with “reasonable grounds for believing” that … Continue Reading

Court designates sales managers as “employees.”

A group of insurance “sales leaders” who filed for overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been deemed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be employees rather than independent contractors, and therefore eligible for overtime pay. Hopkins v. Cornerstone America, No. 07-10952 (5th Cir. October 13, 2008). The court … Continue Reading