Category Archives: Overtime

Nov 29, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

The New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees On Hold for Now: What Should Employers Do?

In case you hadn’t heard, on November 22, 2016, a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulation from taking effect on December 1, 2016.  The regulations would have, but for the Court’s injunction, increased the salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week. The injunction applies in all fifty states and is in place until further notice.      Continue reading

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Nov 15, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

The New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees: Are You Prepared for the Impending Changes?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor published a new rule that will increase the salary requirements for “exempt” employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The time for complying with the new rule is just around the corner – the regulation goes into effect on December 1, 2016 regardless of the pending new presidential administration. What must you know as an employer and     Continue reading

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May 27, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

Preparing for Upcoming FLSA Changes: Will Your “Exempt” Employees Still Qualify?

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published a new rule that will increase the salary requirements for “exempt” employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The regulation will go into effect on December 1, 2016, giving employers fewer than 200 days to prepare. What does this mean for you as an employer and what must you do now to be ready     Continue reading

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Nov 24, 2015  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

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Mar 17, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

President Obama Targets “White Collar” Exemptions in Bid to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage

Last Thursday, President Obama announced his directive to the Department of Labor to begin the process of revising federal regulations to expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act. He specifically targeted the “white collar” exemptions from overtime, including the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. Currently, employers paying certain employees performing certain types of duties a weekly salary of $455     Continue reading

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Nov 4, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Automatic Gratuities: New IRS Guidance Goes Into Effect January 2014

Beginning January 2014, the IRS will begin enforcing guidance it published in a June 2012 ruling classifying automatic gratuities on restaurant checks as service charges and not tips. Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties or in the event of special promotions or discounts (Groupon or Scoutmob deals, for example) to ensure that servers get fair tips. Because automatic gratuities remove the     Continue reading

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Jun 14, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Comp Time for Private Sector Employers: Not Yet, But Maybe Soon

The practice of awarding “comp time,” i.e. paid time off in lieu of wages for hours worked in excess of 40, is not currently permitted for private-sector employers. As the Fair Labor Standards Act is currently written, employers must pay employees wages at a rate of 1.5 times their regular rate for all hours over 40 in a week, regardless of an employee’s preference or     Continue reading

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Feb 1, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Drawing a Very Fine Line: Determining Creative Professional Exemption Status Under the FLSA

Who is an artist? For that matter, who gets to decide? These are existential questions rarely touched upon by folks who are not artists themselves.  But if your business employs creative types, you, unfortunately, must also wade into this philosophical quagmire, at least for the purposes of determining whether the artist is entitled to overtime pay.  It’s an issue with real-world, not just ethereal, consequences.     Continue reading

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Jul 9, 2012  |   By Todd Stanton →

When is Travel Time Compensable?

A recent call from one of my favorite clients prompted this post.  His question: I have non-exempt employees who travel internationally for business.  They sit on the plane for a long time going to and from assignments.  Do I have to pay them to watch in-flight movies? My answer: It depends.  And the factors on which it depends are really dumb. As you are aware,     Continue reading

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Jun 11, 2012  |   By Todd Stanton →

Touching on the Most Common Issues

Most employers are too busy with their day-to-day operations to expend much bandwidth wringing their hands over the nuances of employment-law compliance.  With this in mind, take a quick look at a rundown of the four most common employment law issues we see in our practice.  Simply knowing that these land mines are out there can go a long way towards avoiding serious problems down     Continue reading

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