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TWO Threshold Hikes for the Price of One: DOL Issues Final Overtime Salary Threshold Rule

As tipped in September of 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finally released the Final Rule for raising the minimum salary threshold for employers eligible for exemption from overtime pay. While the new rule isn’t vastly different from the proposed rule, there are still enough substantive changes for employers to pay close attention. More >

It's Official: FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Non-Competes

In a stunning move the same day the Department of Labor issued a rule raising the overtime salary threshold, the Federal Trade Commission issued its own long-gestating rule banning noncompete clauses nationwide. Employers should begin reviewing their contracts immediately to understand how this sweeping change will affect their workforce. More >

Here We Go Again: New DOL Independent Contractor Rule In Effect

In the continuing tug of war that has taken place with recent successive presidential administrations, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) on January 10th, 2024, published a new final rule to once again define “independent contractor” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new rule adopts a six-factor test to determine the “economic reality” of the relationship between the worker and the potential employer. It went into effect on March 11th.  More >

Amidst Unionization Trends, What Can Employers Do?

With strikes and unionization efforts appearing in recent news with great frequency, many employers are left wondering, “Am I next?” Though labor organizing creates a tough legal line for employers to walk, there are options to protect your business from union activity. More >

Dogs and Horses and…Alligators? Oh My! How to Handle Service and Support Animals in the Workplace

Recently, a Philadelphia man made news when he and his “emotional support alligator” were denied entrance to the Phillies stadium. That decision may seem obvious, but in recent years, issues surrounding support and service animals have become more complicated, especially in the workplace. More >

DOL Moves to Raise Salary Floor in Proposed Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed to raise the salary threshold—a long-anticipated yet dreaded move that will affect how many employers pay their workers. More >

NLRB Time Travels Back to 2014 Rule to Speed Up Union Elections

Once again, the NLRB has taken up time travel, this time reversing a 2019 rule about union election procedures to return to the 2014 “quickie election” rule that allows unions to organize workplaces at lightning speed. More >

Supreme Court Remodels Title VII Religious Accommodations in Groff v. DeJoy

For nearly 50 years, the common test of religious accommodation from the Hardison v. Trans World Airlines, Inc. case was that, if a religious accommodation required more than a de minimis cost, it was asking too much of an employer under Title VII. In Groff v. DeJoy, the Supreme Court of the United States  decided that this standard needs a reset, and employers may be in for a few changes. More >

NLRB Gets Back in the Time Machine, Reverts to Previous Independent Contractor Test

It’s 2023: do you know who your employees are? If you think you do, think again: the National Labor Relations Board announced in a June 13th decision on the case The Atlanta Opera, Inc., that it is changing its test for determining which workers are independent contractors and which are covered employees, reverting once again to an Obama-era standard.  For employers, this means that the potential for running into issues with misclassification and unionization has increased significantly. More >

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