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Fair Labor Standards Act Archives

Overtime for Out-of-Office Emails?

Chicago police officers sued in Federal Court requesting unpaid overtime for off-duty work done on their BlackBerry phones.  In a recent Opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that while the BlackBerry work would have been compensable overtime, the Cops' claims failed because the City of Chicago had no knowledge of the unreported hours. 

Are Emotional Distress Damages Available in Retaliation Cases?

Another federal appeals court has held that employees who have faced illegal retaliation at work are eligible to recover damages for emotional distress under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). The FLSA governs wage and hour laws, such as overtime and minimum wage, for businesses across the United States. This holding could have significant implications for employers throughout the country.

Wage and Hour Compliance-- Multiple Employers?

Usually it is obvious who is an "employer" under wage and hour laws, and the employees know who cuts their checks.  What about the situation when a worker is employed by a small affiliate to a larger organization?   Who is the "employer" for purposes of wage and hour law? 

The new overtime laws: What do employers and employees need to look for?

Currently, any salaried employee who performs executive, administrative or professional duties who earns $455 or more a week, or $23,660 in a year, is not entitled to overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week.

New overtime thresholds will dramatically impact employees and employers

In the coming weeks and months, the U.S. Labor Department is going to release new salary thresholds under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These thresholds will potentially impact millions of American workers. Currently, salaried employees performing executive, administrative or professional duties are not eligible to receive overtime if they earn more than $23,600 a year. Under these proposed new rules, the overtime threshold will increase to $50,440 a year. Consequently, workers in many fields who earn less than this amount will be eligible for overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

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