Bid to delay DOL overtime changes unlikely to pass

A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats is pushing legislation to phase in the U.S. Department of Labor’s change to the overtime salary threshold.

Loading freight is key to FLSA exclusion

Some positions aren’t covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are specifically excluded and covered by other laws – for example, the Motor Carrier Act.

Double jeopardy: 2 lawsuits seek to stop overtime rules

Two lawsuits filed Sept. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas aim to block new overtime rules from taking effect on Dec. 1.

Poll: Public backs new white-collar overtime rule

A new poll by the left-leaning National Employment Law Project shows that likely voters in so-called battleground states support the Department of Labor’s new rule expanding overtime pay.

Reclassifying employees? Don't forget New York's wage theft law

This month we update New York state employers on two developments that could catch them by surprise.

Class-action lawsuit alleges GrubHub misclassified drivers

Drivers for the takeout food app GrubHub have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the company misclassified them as independent contractors, thus paying them less than minimum wage and denying overtime pay.

Court rules: 'Grab a slice any time' doesn't constitute a real meal break

A federal court has ruled that an employer cannot take a credit towards unpaid overtime for paid meal breaks.

Class-action alert: The bigger the workforce, the more important your job descriptions

Class-action attorneys love the Fair Labor Standards Act because it makes it easy for them to take small individual claims for unpaid overtime and turn them into mass litigation cases. That way, a single lawyer or law firm can represent thousands of similarly situated workers.

Overtime mistakes your managers must avoid

Starting Dec. 1, new DOL rules take effect that nearly double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers become exempt from having to be paid overtime.

Overtime: Steer clear of the comp time trap

Awarding comp time for extra hours worked is a common strategy that can backfire. The Fair Labor Standards Act lays out strict rules for what basis can be used for awarding comp time and when it’s illegal to give comp time in lieu of cash overtime.

Is it legal to dock nonexempts' pay if they clock in late after breaks?

Q. We give employees the choice of using two 10-minute breaks each day or combining them into one 20-minute lunch break. The employees are required to punch out and in for these breaks. Now, we have a policy that docks employees 15 minutes’ pay if they’re four or more minutes late returning from a break. Is this legal?

Harrisburg, Pa., mayor's bookstore settles overtime complaint


Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Eric Papenfuse touted his business experience when running for mayor in 2013, but outdated accounting software may have led him to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Joint employer enforcement snares Philly-area jeweler


A Melrose Park, Pa., jewelry distributor for several major department stores and the temp agency that provides its workers have agreed to settle allegations that as joint employers they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Reclassifying staff? Beware 7 big pay mistakes

Starting Dec. 1, the new DOL rules take effect that nearly double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers become exempt from overtime.

Prepare now to implement new overtime rule

As of Sept. 1, you have just three months to begin complying with the Department of Labor’s new rules for paying white-collar overtime. Here’s what you need to do—now!
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