Tag Archives: general business operations

Liaison Responsible for Troubleshooting Invoice Failures Exempt Administrative Employee

A Tennessee federal court recently held that a “Print and Archive Vendor Liaison” responsible for coordinating with outside vendors to print and deliver customer invoices qualified for the administrative exemption notwithstanding the employee’s inability to deviate from employer policies or budgets.  See Boaz v. Fed. Express. Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70342 (W.D. Tenn. May … Continue Reading

Atlanta Federal Judge Finds Office Worker Exempt Pursuant to Administrative Exemption

Employees who support businesses performing office functions are often dubbed “administrative” employees, whether for wage-and-hour purposes or otherwise. The question under the Fair Labor Standards Act is whether they are administratively exempt from overtime. Answering that question in the affirmative, Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. recently found an office worker for an electrical services firm … Continue Reading

Research Manager Properly Classified As Exempt Administrative Employee

To be “administratively” exempt from overtime, in addition to being paid appropriately on a  salary or fee basis, an employee must perform office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of his or her employer, with a primary duty which includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.  A new decision from the Southern District of … Continue Reading

Ohio Judge: Mortgage Underwriters Properly Classified As Exempt Administrative Employees

The exempt status of loan officers continues to make headlines as the Mortgage Bankers Association presses for Supreme Court affirmance of its successful challenge to a DOL opinion regarding the applicability of the administrative exemption to those workers.  A new court decision highlights the fact intensive nature of exemption inquiries, and also the potentially misleading … Continue Reading

Florida Judge: LPN Who Administered Workers’ Comp Program Was Exempt Administrative Employee

Judge William Terrell Hodges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently ruled that an employee with an LPN degree who was responsible for managing an employer’s workers’ compensation claims qualified for the administrative exemption.  Hodge v. ClosetMaid Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45490 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 2, 2014). In … Continue Reading

Ohio Judge Finds Dispatchers to be Exempt Administrative Employees

Cases upholding the exempt status of dispatchers pursuant to the administrative exemption of the FLSA generally have focused on whether the position requires the performance of decision-making duties and analysis “beyond mere communication and tracking of vehicles.”  A new decision builds on that analysis.  Wade v. Werner Trucking Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35653 (S.D. … Continue Reading

Following Seventh Circuit’s Lead, Pennsylvania Court Holds Insurance Claims Examiner To Be Exempt Administrative Employee

Though courts have generally disfavored such claims, from time to time insurance adjusters and examiners allege that the FLSA’s administrative exemption does not apply to their work because their work either: 1) does not relate to business operations of their employer; or 2) does not require the exercise of discretion and independent judgment.  Rejecting such … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Finds Insurance Company’s Internal “Answer Man” Proper Classified as Exempt Administrative Employee

Continuing its line of common sense interpretations of the administrative exemption, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that an insurance company employee tasked with maintaining an in-depth understanding of particular insurance products and training sales staff on those products was an administratively exempt employee.  Blanchar v. Std. Ins. Co., … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Scope of State Administrative Exemption to IT Workers

Applicability of various FLSA white collar exemptions to workers in the information technology sector continues to be a detailed and difficult analysis, in part due to the Department of Labor’s rules regarding the “computer professional” exemption, which have failed to keep up with the  rapidly evolving workforce in the technology sector of the economy. The computer … Continue Reading

Ohio Federal Court: USDOL’s “New” Interpretation of Loan Officer Status Was Proper

Much attention has been paid to the Department of Labor’s March 2010 Administrative Interpretation, which reversed prior DOL opinions and stated that mortgage loan officers do not qualify for the administrative exemption under the FLSA. The Mortgage Bankers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the interpretation as a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. While … Continue Reading

First Circuit Rules Banquet Sales Managers Exercised Discretion and Independent Judgment, Qualify for Administrative Exemption

We have repeatedly addressed the FLSA administrative exemption’s requirement that an employee exercise discretion and independent judgment, a concept which has confounded some courts and at times, led to inconsistent rulings. In a new decision, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (encompassing Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine) has ruled that sales managers … Continue Reading
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