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The DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Rules and Part-Time White Collar Employees: Can the Fluctuating Workweek Method Solve the Problem?

Posted in Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Jacob Oslick

The big questions often have surprisingly simple solutions, staring right back at us:

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Sound exists as a mechanical wave of pressure, regardless of whether anyone hears it.  What came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg. Evolution shows… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Teaches Unpaid Interns a Lesson

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Co-authored by Robert Whitman, Adam Smiley, and Meredith Kurz

In a closely watched case affecting the viability of unpaid internship programs at for-profit employers, the Second Circuit held that the “primary beneficiary” test should be used to decide whether interns should be deemed employees or trainees. The court also held that this test requires highly individualized inquiries — … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Proposes New Overtime Rules

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Alex Passantino

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division announced its long-awaited proposal to amend 29 CFR Part 541, the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees. Somewhat surprisingly, the Division only made specific proposals with respect to the salary levels required for the exemption and the highly-compensated exemption. In 2016, which is … Continue Reading

Proposed White Collar Exemption Regulations are Coming . . . Soon (and Other Items of Regulatory Interest)

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Alex Passantino

While much of Washington, DC, begins its preparations for the inevitable summer slowdown, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division appears to be ramping up for a summer sure to keep wage and hour lawyers across the country hopping (and likely ruining some planned vacations).

Since WHD’s proposed rule made its way over to OMB’s … Continue Reading

New York AG Investigates Retailers’ Call-in Practices

Posted in Misclassification/Exemptions, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Robert Whitman and Caitlin Ladd

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent investigative letters to at least 13 nationwide retailers requesting information about their scheduling practices for non-exempt employees. The effort is part of an inquiry conducted in response to reports about widespread use in the retail industry of unpredictable on-call shifts, which are subject to strict … Continue Reading

Proposed Overtime Regulations Slated for “Spring”

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions, Uncategorized

Authored by Alex Passantino

On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez told a House committee that he hoped the Department’s proposed revisions to the white-collar overtime regulations would be published this Spring.

During a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee in which the topic was the President’s FY2016 budget request for the Department of Labor, Secretary Perez … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds that Flip-Flopping Alone Does Not Invalidate DOL’s Guidance on Exempt Status of Mortgage Loan Officers

Posted in Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Barry Miller

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, examining the validity of the Department of Labor’s 2010 Administrator’s Interpretation on the application of the FLSA’s administrative exemption to mortgage loan officers. As noted in our previous post, the D.C. Circuit struck down the Administrator’s Interpretation because the DOL had … Continue Reading

Live From New York – It’s The Second Circuit (Unpaid Intern Case)!

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Co-authored by Robert S. Whitman and Adam J. Smiley

The Second Circuit heard arguments this morning in two cases that raise critical issues for the fate of internships in for-profit businesses: Fox Searchlight’s appeal of the decision granting summary judgment and class certification to interns who worked on film productions, and the appeal by former Hearst Corporation interns whose motion … Continue Reading