Modernizing the FLSA: DOL Gives the 7(i) Exemption a Makeover

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 … Continue reading

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School’s Out for Summer – Can I Get Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave to employees for a variety of reasons, including when the employee cannot work or telework because the employee’s child’s school or day … Continue reading

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The DOL Updates Its Model Notice of Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The United States Department of Labor updated its “model” notice of employees’ rights pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”). This updated model notice must be posted or distributed to employees electronically in time for the FFCRA’s effective … Continue reading

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New Senate Bill Seeks to Expand Protections for Nursing Mothers

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 … Continue reading

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The DOL Starts 2020 With a Bevy of Opinion Letters

Not sitting on its laurels, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already issued three new opinion letters to begin the year.  Two deal with issues under the FLSA and a third addresses issues under the FMLA. Opinion letter number … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule Clarifying Exclusions from Overtime Calculation

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 … Continue reading

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AZ Minimum Wage Increase – January 1, 2020

Arizona’s minimum wage is set to increase to $12.00 on January 1, 2020. The $1.00 increase is the largest jump under the schedule listed in A.R.S. § 23-363 pursuant to Proposition 206. On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters approved Proposition … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Scalia Fills Labor Role

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 … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Salary Threshold Rule, Effective January 1, 2020

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to make an estimated 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Check out Snell & Wilmer’s legal alert … Continue reading

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Proposed New FMLA Forms Under Review

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) is revising its optional-use notice forms under the Family Medical Leave Act (the “FMLA”).  The DOL has reported that the changes are being made to increase compliance with the FMLA, make the forms … Continue reading

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