MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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It’s Official: Overtime Exemption Threshold to Be $47,476 a Year

The Department of Labor (DOL) today will unveil its new overtime rule, setting an annual salary of $47,476 as the minimum compensation for an employee to be exempt from overtime pay. The current standard is $23,660. Vice-President Joe Biden, who will be touting the new rule at a stop in Columbus, Ohio, today, said: “The middle […]

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May 18 the New Witching Day for Overtime Final Rule?

UPDATE: Earlier (see below) we ventured that Monday, May 16, might see the arrival of the new overtime rule, but several sources are now indicating it will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18. Stay tuned. Growing speculation has it that the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Obama administration will issue their final rule on overtime […]

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Overtime Final Rule Still Under Attack While at OMB

The final rule setting a new salary threshold for overtime exemptions, now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is still being attacked as overly aggressive by business groups. The final rule reached OMB March 17. Since then, OMB has held 22 meetings with business groups seeking to tone down the rule. […]

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More Uber Drivers Seek Employer Status, Benefits

Lawyers in Florida and Illinois have filed nationwide class action lawsuits seeking overtime pay and other benefits for Uber drivers. The lawsuits come on the heels of a potential $100 million settlement by Uber Technologies just this past week over similar claims in class action lawsuits originating in California ad Massachusetts. The Illinois lawsuit also […]

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New Overtime Exemption Threshold: $47,000 or $50,400?

The new overtime exemption rule formulated by the Department of Labor (DOL) is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget, which puts it in line for implementation this summer. When the DOL first floated the new overtime rule, it pegged the annual salary to qualify for an exemption from overtime at $50,400, […]

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DOL Sends New Overtime Rule to OMB for Final Review

The Department of Labor (DOL) on Monday forwarded its revised overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review, setting the stage for publication by July. The OMB has a 90-day window to review the final version of the rewrite of overtime rules that will make eligible some 5 million more […]

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DOL Affirms July 2016 as White Collar Overtime Rule Publishing Date

Squashing rumors that it intended to rush the white collar overtime rule out by May to avoid having it overturned should a Republican become president in 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) has affirmed that it is sticking with its announced July publication date. Speaking at an American Bar Association (ABA) meeting this week,  Solicitor […]

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DOL Launches West Coast Restaurant Sweep to Enforce Wage and Hour Laws

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has launched an education and enforcement initiative on the West Coast and in surrounding areas aimed at ensuring workers at fast food establishments are being paid the proper minimum wage and overtime. Investigations completed in the last five quarters nationwide have resulted in […]

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Overtime Rule May Be Coming Sooner Than Expected

Despite tagging summer 2016 as the publication date for its revised white collar overtime rule, the Department of Labor (DOL) may now rush the rule into effect before May 16, which it learned is the final deadline that guarantees the next administration cannot reverse the rule. In a recent interview, DOL Secretary Thomas Perez said […]

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