Tag Archives: DOL

Employers are not yet required to pay overtime in accordance with the revised FLSA regs . . . but proceed with caution.

By now, employers know that on November 22, 2016, federal court Judge Amos Mazzant in Texas issued a preliminary injunction that has blocked – temporarily – the implementation of the revised white collar overtime regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this year. Those regulations, which have been the focus of concern, controversy, … Continue Reading

September Surprise? Two Federal Lawsuits Attack the Validity of the New FLSA Overtime Rule.

The effective date for the revisions to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations is less than 80 days away, and employers continue to struggle with the challenges created by changes to the existing rule.  On September 20, 2016, federal court lawsuits were filed by two disparate groups, each attempting to put off or halt the … Continue Reading

PA and DOL Collaborate in Employee Misclassification Enforcement Efforts.

This post was written by Jennifer G. Betts of Ogletree Deakins’ Pittsburgh Office.   On August 4, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”). The MOU was designed to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent … Continue Reading

Is proposed legislation likely to slow the implementation of the new overtime regulations? Probably not.

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a final rule, updating its existing overtime regulations. The updated regulations are scheduled to become effective on December 1 of this year and are predicted to extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. The … Continue Reading

Should we really be this panicked about the DOL overtime regs? Probably not.

By now, everyone is aware that on May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. (Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions or Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.) Since then, there have been dozens of helpful articles, analyses, explanations, and in-person … Continue Reading

Practical effect of DOL’s recent expansion of its “joint employer” analysis remains to be seen.

(Photo of Saif underclinging a fissured rock wall in Keene Valley, NY in 2010.) In a marked deviation from current regulatory standards and judicially accepted parameters of “joint employment,” the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued – through Administrator David Weil – Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) No. 2016-1, setting forth … Continue Reading

Attempted self-help via internet leads to employer liability under the FLSA.

Ongoing activity by the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding overtime regulations, coupled with recent federal court decisions regarding compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), have raised the level of attention to wage payment issues — and have increased the risk of employer liability — to new heights. A recent decision by the 5th … Continue Reading

DOL guidance on independent contractor classification provides another arrow in the Department’s enforcement quiver.

The Administrator of the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage & Hour Division, David Weil, has issued a formal Interpretation on the subject of “The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s ‘Suffer or Permit’ Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors,” the DOL’s first on the issue since President … Continue Reading

The proposed overtime regulations: what they say, what they mean, and what to do now.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s long-awaited proposed rule regarding federal overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was issued in a June 30, 2015 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), and the firestorm of praise/criticism has begun. While the final rule is months away, controversy started long before the NPRM was issued … Continue Reading

DOL publishes its “plain language” explanation and guidebook for the FMLA.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to twelve weeks of unpaid leave each year for certain medical issues for themselves or immediate family members. Employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who exercises FMLA rights. Employers and employees alike often are stymied by the administrative complexity of the … 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
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