COVID-19 has altered the way nearly every employee performs their work. Videoconferencing and phone calls have largely replaced in-person visits and face-to-face meetings in many workplaces. By extension, many sales employees who used to visit customers in person now do so remotely. While convenient, this practice may compromise their status as exempt employees under federal […]
There May Be Some Good News Coming to Companies Using Independent Contractors – At Least Under Federal Law
While states like California continue to make it tougher for companies to properly classify workers as independent contractors by adopting the ABC test, on September 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to simplify and clarify how to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent […]
Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides an often overlooked, but useful, exemption to an employer’s overtime obligations for certain commission-based employees of retail and service establishments. However, to claim the exemption, employers must first determine: are they a “retail or service establishment?” Click here to continue reading.
Currently under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”  Employers are also required to […]
On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized a new rule that lets employers leave several perks, including tuition benefits, paid leave cash-outs, and some bonuses, out of the formula used to calculate employees’ overtime pay. According to the DOL’s press release, this new rule “marks the first significant update to the regulations […]
Nevada has undergone a significant transformation regarding the legal landscape affecting Nevada’s Employers. Several of these new laws have just recently gone into effect or are slated to go into effect at the beginning of the new year. Click here for some of the recent changes that Nevada employers should know about.
On September 26, 2019, the Senate confirmed labor and employment attorney Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary, in a 53-44 vote that was divided along party lines. Scalia served as the Labor Department’s chief legal officer from 2002-2003, before entering private practice. The son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Eugene Scalia will assume […]
Most employers know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires minimum wage and overtime to be paid to employees unless they are exempt. A common mistake, however, is when employers fail to properly factor certain incentive compensation into non-exempt employees’ regular rate for purposes of calculating overtime pay. This costly mistake can lead to […]
UPDATE: Does Your Employee Handbook Have a Lactation Accommodation Policy? (And Are You Abiding By It?)
Recently, a federal jury awarded a City of Tucson Fire Department paramedic $3.8 million after it found that the department violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) when it failed to provide her with a private space to lactate, denied her requests to […]
Many employers are familiar with break and meal period requirements applicable to their organization under state and federal law. Often overlooked, however, is an employer’s responsibilities toward nursing mothers. We take a look at some of the requirements employers should be aware of when reviewing their lactation accommodation policies here.