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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New Overtime Rule Delayed Until ‘Late 2016’

The Obama administration’s plan to thrust millions of salaried workers into the non-exempt status that entitles them to overtime pay has been delayed until late 2016, according to Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Conference in Philadelphia this week, Smith elicited gasps from the audience when she […]

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California Protects NFL Cheerleaders’ Wage and Overtime Rights

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) reportedly pay their cheerleaders $75 per game and nothing for rehearsal time, but that will stop in January when a new California law will force teams to adhere to state and federal labor laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. Already, four teams have lost court […]

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DOL Receives Some 25,000 Public Comments on Proposed Overtime Rule

Public commentary on the  proposed new overtime rule closed the Friday before Labor Day, but not before some 25,000 comments were received by the Department of Labor (DOL). The rule would raise the minimum salary necessary to be exempt from being paid overtime on an hourly basis from $455 a week to $970 a week, […]

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Public Commentary on Overtime Rule Ends Tomorrow. Period.

According to David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL), the public commentary period on the agency’s proposed overtime exemption rule will not be extended and will close tomorrow, Sept. 4. In a letter to Congress, Weil noted that “a comment period of this length . . […]

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