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DOL Announces Final FLSA Overtime Regulations

E. Jason Tremblay On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released its final updated FLSA overtime regulations. While some of the changes were expected, there are a number of surprises. First, the new salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees will be $47,476.00 per year […]

Many “Independent Contractors” May Now Be “Employees”

E. Jason Tremblay and Megan P. Toth Many “Independent Contractors” May Now Be “Employees” According to the Department of Labor On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation regarding the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to the increasing misclassification of workers as “independent contractors.” The DOL’s […]

Fair Labor Standards Act Proposed Revisions Just Released

The U.S. Department of Labor just released its highly anticipated proposed revisions to the “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will significantly expand the number of workers who will be eligible for overtime pay.

A swan song for unpaid internships?

Recent Case Filings Renew the Call to Evaluate Whether Your Interns Are Employees You might have noticed an extra bounce in your step recently as Wednesday marked the official beginning of summer. Along with extra fun, this time of year is also known for summer internships. Many employers, faced with tough economic circumstances over the […]

2013 budget approves special funding for the DOL to “Detect and Deter” the misclassification of workers as independent contractors

On February 13, 2012, President Obama announced The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. Notably, the 2013 Budget once again includes special funding for the Department of Labor to “detect and deter” companies from misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Specifically, 14 million is budgeted for misclassification, including $10 million for grants to States to identify misclassification and […]

DOL issues notice of proposed rulemaking to amend FMLA regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement recent statutory amendments to the Family Medical and Leave Act contained in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. The proposed changes affect military servicemember leave and include new provisions for certain airline employees, who would otherwise be ineligible for leave. According […]

IRS Announces the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On the heels of the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement that it was going to share independent contractor misclassification information with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the IRS recently announced the implementation of the “Voluntary Classification Settlement Program” (“VCSP”). The VCSP is intended to encourage employers who have misclassified workers, for a relatively small payment […]

DOL Set to Share Employee Misclassification Information with the IRS and States

In what appears to be another example of cracking down on the improper use of independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced it is entering into agreements with the IRS, as well as some state agencies (including Illinois state agencies), to share information regarding employers who have improperly classified employees. The DOL […]