FLSA Tip Regulations Facing Repeal By DOL

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
02/16/2018
Prior to and during my college years, I supported myself by working as a server in restaurants.  It was fast-paced, hard work with very long hours most of the time.  Dealing with hungry and demanding diners also had its mentally exhausting moments.  My restaurant job history is near and dear to my heart.  So when I learned about the Department of Justice’s proposal to remove Obama-era regulations prohibiting certain employers...
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Fourth Circuit Revives Live-in Innkeepers FLSA Claims

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
01/26/2018
A recent case decided this week by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Balbed v Eden Park Guest House, et al., sheds some light on the somewhat confusing FLSA analysis that comes into play when an employer provides an employee on-site lodging and other benefits. At its most basic level, the FLSA requires an employer to pay an employee a minimum wage rate based on the number of hours an employee works and the remuneration...
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DOL Reissues Opinion Letters Rescinded in 2009

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
01/10/2018
Last June, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that was reinstating Wage & Hour Opinion Letters. The agency also revamped its website where Opinion Letters and other guidance live. See https://www.dol.gov/whd/opinion/guidance.htm Now, the DOL has reissued more than a dozen advisory opinion letters that had been published late in George W. Bush’s administration but then rescinded by the Obama DOL. These letters could give employers guidance...
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DOL Ends Six-Factor Intern Test; Adopts “Primary Beneficiary” Standard

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
01/08/2018
Last Friday, the United States Department of Labor made the following announcement: “On Dec. 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the fourth federal appellate court to expressly reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department of Labor today clarified that going forward, the Department will conform...
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Two Employment Related Measures Under Consideration By Congress

At least two employment-related bills have been introduced in Congress in recent days.  The first, H.R. 4219, dubbed the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to include an option for qualified flexible workplace arrangements.  Under the legislation in its current form, employers would voluntarily offer employees at least a guaranteed minimum level of paid leave.  The amount of leave...
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Montgomery County Will Increase Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
11/13/2017
The Montgomery County Council voted last week to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 for employers with more than 50 employees.  Under Bill 28-17, beginning July 1, 2022, and each July 1 thereafter, the County minimum wage rate will be increased by the annual average increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the previous calendar year in the Washington-Baltimore area.  The...
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Labor Department Seeks Appeal and Stay of Overtime Ruling

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
11/01/2017
In a move that surprised many observers, on October 30, 2017, the United States Department of Labor appealed a federal judge's August ruling striking down the Obama-era overtime regulations.  In a statement issued by the DOL, the agency explained that it will also file a motion to freeze the appeal while it undertakes further rule making on what the appropriate salary level  for exempt status should be. Here's a quick recap on how we got to this...
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Employer With Flex-Time Policy Can’t Catch FLSA Break From Third Circuit

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
10/18/2017
Coffee and bathroom breaks are as much a part of the modern workplace as cubicles, desks, and printer problems.  They are widely seen as a “win-win” scenario for both employees and employers.  Employees who take a few minutes every so often to relieve themselves or boost their caffeine generally report being more alert and focused when they return to their work duties, and employers receive the benefits of a more efficient workforce when...
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DOL Overtime Rules: This Time, We Have Something to Report

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
09/05/2017
Barely more than 24 hours after we published a blog telling you there was little new to report on the Department of Labor's proposed changes to overtime regulations, something big happened:  a federal judge in Texas struck the proposed rules down.  Granting summary judgment to more than 55 business groups that challenged the rule, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that the drastic increase in the salary required to be exempt -- from $23,660 to $47,476 - was...
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DOL Overtime Rules: More Useless but Important Information

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
08/30/2017
You may recall that I blogged on the stalled DOL overtime rules a month or so ago, with the Trump DOL repeatedly asking for extensions to file a brief in the Fifth Circuit. In that brief,   administration lawyers told the Fifth Circuit that the DOL intends to revise the overtime rule and asked the court to affirm the DOL’s right to use salary levels to determine eligibility for overtime pay.   DOL lawyers stated that the Department will not...
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