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50 Days Until the New Overtime Rule Takes Effect: Ready Or Not?

Barring something completely unexpected, the new overtime rules—effectively setting a federal minimum wage of $913 per week ($47,476 per year) for most exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees—will take effect on Thursday, December 1. That Congressional bill to delay the effective date of the new rules by six months?  The President promises to veto it … Continue Reading

Federal Court in Illinois Finds No Overtime Due to Police For Off-Duty Use of BlackBerrys

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in the City of Chicago’s favor on December 10, 2015, denying police officers’ claims that they were owed overtime pay for their off-duty use of work-issued BlackBerrys.  In Allen v. Chicago, the officers had alleged that there was an unwritten policy not to pay them … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Denies Stay of DOL’s Home Care Rule

On December 22, 2014, in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a key portion of a U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation amending the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for “companionship” domestic service workers. (See our prior blog post for more information.)  The DOL … Continue Reading

Proposed White Collar Exemption Regulations Published In Federal Register

As described in our previous blog post last week, on June 30, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor finally released its highly anticipated proposed regulations to amend 29 CFR Part 541, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions.  Today, those proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register, marking the beginning of the sixty … Continue Reading

Highly Anticipated Proposed Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions Released

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) unveiled its long anticipated proposed rule that will, if enacted, raise the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) minimum wage and overtime requirements.  The proposal seeks to increase the current minimum salary requirement for the executive, administrative, professional, and … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Refuses Application of Bright-Line Test in FLSA Seaman Exemption Dispute

On November 13, 2014, the Fifth Circuit handed down its opinion in Coffin v. Blessey Marine Services, Inc., No. 13-20144, 2014 WL 5904734 (5th Cir. Nov. 13, 2014).  The opinion addressed several key factors related to the FLSA’s seaman exemption: Finding that unloading and loading of vessels is not strictly “nonseaman” work; Limiting its prior … Continue Reading

Raising Wages by Tightening the White-Collar Overtime Exemptions–The President’s Initiative

Last week, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor to revise and modernize the “white- collar” overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to extend overtime benefits to a broader range of workers. This alert summarizes the President’s Memorandum, outlines what employers might expect in the coming months, and reminds employers to remain proactive … Continue Reading

Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors in the Wake of the Federal

On October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down for the first time in seventeen years. Government contractors are already feeling the bite of the shutdown and facing immediate issues regarding how to handle impacted workers while the shutdown continues and their work is on hold. This alert discusses many of the most significant employment-related … Continue Reading
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