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Legislation To Delay Overtime Rule Passed By The House Of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted 246 to 177, largely along party lines, in favor of legislation which would delay the rule’s effective date by six months, from December 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.  Prior to the anticipated late night vote on the bill in the House, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced the legislation … Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced To Delay Overtime Rule

Following a pair of lawsuits aimed at blocking the Labor Department’s “white collar” overtime rule, House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chair Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) introduced legislation which would delay the rule’s effective date by six months, from December 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.  The proposed legislation, entitled The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and … Continue Reading

States and Business Groups File Separate Challenges To OT Rule

The anticipated legal challenges to the Department of Labor’s Final Rule regarding the salary level for white collar exempt employees were lodged yesterday through two separate lawsuits filed in the Eastern District of Texas.  State of Nevada et al v. United States Department of Labor et al, E.D. Texas 16-CV-731; Plano Chamber of Commerce et … Continue Reading

Federal Court In Florida Is Latest To Reject DOL Regulation, Finds FLSA Does Not Require That Employees Receiving Full Minimum Wage Retain All Tips

While Department of Labor regulations interpreting the FLSA remain the primary source of employer guidance regarding the Act’s requirements, they are not necessarily the final word on what federal wage law requires. This is so even where they have been subject to “notice and comment,” triggering a higher level of judicial deference.  A federal court … Continue Reading

Federal Court In Georgia Rejects DOL Regulation, Rules FLSA Does Not Require That Employees Receiving Full Minimum Wage Retain All Tips

On July 26, 2016, Judge William S. Duffey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a decision holding that an employer does not have to ensure tipped employees retain all of their tips if the company is not using the employee’s tips to satisfy part of the minimum wage … Continue Reading

DOL Announces Salary Threshold

News outlets are reporting that the new salary basis rule will take effect on December 1, 2016, and require a salary of $47,476 per year ($913/week).  Reports also indicate that the new rule will require an update of the salary threshold every three years, as opposed to annual increases.  This effective date provides employers a … Continue Reading

DOL Expected To Issue Final Regulation Regarding Overtime Exemptions On Wednesday

The Department of Labor is expected to issue its long-awaited Final Rule regarding the white collar exemptions on Wednesday, at an event in Ohio attended by Vice President Biden and Secretary Perez, Politico reports.  It is expected the Final Rule will increase the salary level requirement for white collar exemptions to approximately $47,000, and provide … Continue Reading

Sources Reporting Salary Basis Threshold In Final Rule Lowered to $47,000

Multiple sources are reporting that the DOL’s Final Rule regarding the exempt status salary basis threshold will set the minimum salary at approximately $47,000 per annum, rather than the previously-reported $50,440.  While the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is still reviewing the proposed rule, the rule may clear OMB within the next few weeks, … Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Resolve Circuit Split Regarding Whether “Service Advisors” Are Exempt From Overtime and Consider Deference Owed to USDOL

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court agreed to resolve the current split among the Circuit Courts regarding whether “service advisors” are exempt from overtime under the 213(b)(10) exemption, an exemption applicable to any “salesman, partsman, or mechanic” who is primarily engaged in “selling or servicing automobiles.” Both the Fourth and Fifth Circuits have held … Continue Reading

Ohio Federal Court Rules Home Care Agency Not Required To Pay Overtime To “Companions” During Temporary Vacatur Of New Federal Rules

Providing much needed guidance to industry employers still wrestling with fallout from the United States Department of Labor’s drastic reduction to the scope of the companionship exemption, District Court Judge Sandra S. Beckwith held this week that a home care agency properly relied on the temporary vacatur of the DOL’s new federal regulations in electing … Continue Reading

When Will The DOL Issue Final Regulations Increasing The Salary Basis Threshold?

Since the United States Department of Labor announced its intention, in response to the President’s directive, to more than double the salary basis necessary to qualify for the “white collar” exemptions from overtime, the business community has swung into action. Employers and associations have both been lobbying for a more modest increase to the minimum … Continue Reading

Home Care Fallout: Increased Institutionalization?

Five days into the DOL’s enforcement of the new rule rendering most home health aides eligible for overtime under the FLSA, questions abound regarding how state Medicaid and Medicare-funded programs will comply with the rule within their current budgets.  One new report cautions consumers of home health care and their advocates to be aware of … Continue Reading

DOL Enforcement of Home Care Rule to Commence November 12, Subject to “Prosecutorial Discretion”

Chief Justice Roberts’ denial of the Home Care Association of America’s request for stay of issuance of mandate confirms that the new rule rendering many home health aides overtime-eligible is effective, pending appeal. In response to that denial, Wage-and-Hour Administrator David Weil issued a new policy statement confirming that the Department’s “non-enforcement period” for the new rule will end on November … Continue Reading

Uber Litigation Continues To Serve As Legal Lightning Rod for “On Demand” Economy

Cases challenging the independent contractor status of certain service providers under the wage-and-hour laws are likely to continue in the near future due to the difficulties in applying the law to complex factual patterns. The Department of Labor recently provided additional guidance for determining contractor status in the form of an Administrator’s Interpretation (and the … Continue Reading

DC Circuit Upholds DOL’s End to Companionship Exemption for Third-Party Agencies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to  reverse its prior position and extend the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections to employees of third-party agencies who provide companionship services and live-in care within a home was a reasonable interpretation of the law.  The … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Affirms “Supervision” Doctrine Vis a Vis FLSA Settlements

Bringing some degree of clarity to the murky question of whether parties can dismiss a pending FLSA lawsuit on their own volition, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that any dismissal with prejudice requires “the approval of the district court or the DOL to take effect.” Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, … Continue Reading

USDOL Issues Administrative Interpretation Reflecting Administration’s View Of “Independent Contractor” Analysis Under FLSA

As previously promised, the Department of Labor today issued its eighth Administrator’s Interpretation (“AI”) since the 2010 implementation of this form of guidance. Today’s Interpretation, as expected, reflects the current Department’s position that the governing analysis is the economic realities test which, in the Department’s view, is used to determine “whether the worker is economically … Continue Reading

Preview To Exemption Regulations: White House Announces Drastic Salary Basis Increase

White House coverage reports that the revamped white collar exemption regulations will be released this week, and will include a salary basis requirement more than double the current federal level. Reports peg the new salary basis requirement at $50,440 per year, or $970/week, with future adjustment linked to the 40th percentile of income. This news … Continue Reading

WHD Administrator Weil Announces Impending “Administrator Interpretation” Regarding Contractor Status

“Administrator’s Interpretations” from the Wage Hour Division have been relatively few and far between since their implementation in 2010. However, on Friday Administrator David Weil, speaking at a conference at New York University School of Law, indicated his office would be issuing such an interpretation to “clarify” who qualifies as an independent contractor under the … Continue Reading

National Retail Federation Report Takes Aim at Overtime Reform, Cites Likely Employer Response

In a lengthy report entitled “Rethinking Overtime” commissioned by the National Retail Federation, Oxford Economics analyzes the likely impact on businesses of the anticipated rise in the salary required for exempt status, one of the expectations of the Department of Labor’s review of the exemption regulations. The report, available here, notes that only where an … Continue Reading
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