All Items: Wage and Hour

  • Awarding Bonuses Does Not Make Volunteering Time Compensable Under FLSA, DOL Says

    March 15, 2019

    An employer may use an employee's time spent volunteering as a factor in calculating whether to pay the employee a bonus, without incurring an obligation to treat that time as hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the US Department of Labor (DOL) reiterated in a new opinion letter.

  • DOL Proposes Increasing Minimum Salary for Overtime-Exempt Employees to $35,308

    March 8, 2019

    Under proposed regulations projected to take effect in January 2020, an additional 1.1 million workers who are currently overtime-exempt could become eligible for overtime unless their employers raise their salaries, the US Department of Labor (DOL) estimates.

  • New York Going Back to Drawing Board on Employee Scheduling Proposal

    March 4, 2019

    The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has decided to let its 2017 proposal for expanding the state's show-up time / reporting time requirements expire. However, the NYSDOL has not completely abandoned its intent to regulate employee scheduling, saying it will re-evaluate the issue in the future.

  • Illinois Set to Join $15 Minimum Wage Club

    February 19, 2019

    Illinois would join California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and about three dozen cities, towns and counties that have, or will eventually have, a $15 minimum wage.

  • NLRB Returns to Common Law Standard for Classifying Independent Contractors

    January 28, 2019

    A new NLRB decision has overturned an Obama-era labor board ruling and restored the standard for determining independent contractor status to one based on the traditional common-law test.

  • New Jersey Expected to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00 by 2024

    January 22, 2019

    The governor and the state's legislative leaders say they have struck a deal on a bill that would increase the minimum wage from its current level of $8.85 per hour to $15.00 within the next six years.

  • Michigan Amends New Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Laws

    December 19, 2018

    Michigan's governor signed amendments to the state's minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. The laws were passed in September to preempt November ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave.

  • New York Revises Employee Scheduling Proposal

    December 10, 2018

    After reviewing more than 600 comments, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has made several revisions to its November 2017 proposal for expanding the state's show-up time / reporting time requirements.

  • Employers Can Now Apply Online to Employ Workers With Disabilities at Subminimum Wages

    December 4, 2018

    The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has launched an online tool that allows employers to electronically submit their applications for a special certificate to employ workers with disabilities at subminimum wages.

  • DOL Withdraws "80/20 Rule" for Tipped Employees

    November 13, 2018

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) will not limit the amount of duties related to a tip-producing occupation - such as washing dishes or making coffee - that may be performed, as long as they are performed contemporaneously with direct customer-service duties and all other requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are met.

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