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Tag Archives: U.S. Department of Labor

BREAKING NEWS: Federal Judge Blocks DOL Final Rule on White Collar Exemptions

Posted in Uncategorized
Today, a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule imposing an increased salary level to qualify for the administrative, professional, executive and highly-compensated exemptions to overtime.  Short of an order staying the district judge’s injunction, the DOL’s rule will be on hold, nationwide, indefinitely. A copy… Continue Reading

DOL Publishes Final Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

Posted in Employee Benefits, News & Commentary
This week the DOL published its final rule requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees working on or in connection with federal contracts.  The sick leave required by the final rule would allow an employee to use accrued paid sick leave for their own illness, the need to care for a sick… Continue Reading

Use the New Overtime Rules to Correct Misclassified Workers

Posted in Human Resources, Wage & Hour
This week the DOL announced changes to the white collar overtime exemptions that take effect December 1, 2016. Every employment lawyer with a newsletter, blog or soapbox has written some summary of the new regulations. And while the regulations only effect the executive, administrative, professional and high compensated exemptions, Daniel Schwartz, a Connecticut employment lawyer… Continue Reading

DOL Announces Details of Final Rule Changing Regulations on the Overtime Exemptions

Posted in Human Resources, News & Commentary, Wage & Hour
Last night the U.S. Department of Labor announced details of its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the regulations interpreting the overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The FLSA is the federal law requiring most employers to pay minimum wages and overtime to nonexempt employees.  The Final Rule raises the minimum salary an exempt… Continue Reading

DOL Proposes Rule to Extend FMLA Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in Texas

Posted in Leave of Absence, Legislation
Last week the U.S. Department of Labor published a proposed rule to extend FMLA benefits to same-sex spouses on the same terms as spouses of other legally recognized marriages.   This will confirm, if passed, that FMLA benefits must be provided to all eligible employees to: care for their legally married spouses who have a serious health… Continue Reading

DOL Publishes Smart Phone Time Keeping App

Posted in Human Resources, Wage & Hour
Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced publication of a time keeping App for smart phones –the DOL -Timesheet.  Employees can download the free App through iTunes and can be used with the iPad, iPhone and iTouch.  The App is an electronic timesheet that allows employees to record their hours worked and calculate the amount of wages (including overtime) the… Continue Reading

DOL Issues Administrator’s Interpretation on Definition of “Clothes” and Whether Changing Clothes is a Principal Activity

Posted in Wage & Hour
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued its second Administrator’s Interpretation.   The Administrator Interpretations are issued by the Division in areas where it believes it is useful to clarify the law as it relates to an entire industry, a category of employees, or to all employees. Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2010-2 discusses the Fair Labor Standards Act’s… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Revised Child Labor Regulations

Posted in Child Labor, Wage & Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued revised regulations dealing with child labor in non-agricultural employment.  The new regulations take effect on July 19, 2010.  The new regulations specify the kinds of employment that minors may perform and the hours in which they can perform the work.  Any Texas employer employing individuals age 18 or younger should closely review these… Continue Reading

Wage & Hour Division Concludes that Most Mortgage Loan Officers Do Not Qualify for Administrative Exemption

Posted in Wage & Hour
As I wrote yesterday, the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has ceased issuing detailed, fact-specific opinion letters.  In the first of the Administrative Interpretations the Division will issue in lieu of opinion letters, the Division has concluded that most mortgage loan officers will not qualify for the administrative exemption to the… Continue Reading

Wage and Hour Division Changes How it Gives Guidance

Posted in Wage & Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division announced it will no longer issue fact-specific definitive opinion letters in response to questions submitted by individuals and organizations.  According to the Division, its opinion letters provide only limited guidance to broad categories of employers and employees where slight factual differences in the facts assumed in the letter could result in… Continue Reading