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Labor Department Issues New Rule On Calculating Overtime Rates

In general, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires all covered, non-exempt workers to be paid 1-1/2 times their regular rate of pay as an overtime premium whenever they work more than 40 hours in a given workweek. This leads to the question, what is the employee's regular rate of pay?

DOL Issues 3 New Opinion Letters On Wage And Hour Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued three new opinion letters on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Opinion letters cover specific fact situations presented by employers, workers or other parties and are only legally binding on the party who requested the letter. However, employers may be able to claim safe harbor if they rely on an official opinion letter.

Beyond The DOL, IRS Is Also Scrutinizing Employee Classification

With the "gig economy" in full swing, state and federal agencies have an incentive to scrutinize whether workers are properly classified as independent contractors or employees. After all, employers are not responsible for paying half of an independent contractor's payroll taxes or the unemployment insurance and workers' comp required by law. And, independent contractors lack many workplace protections that employees are entitled to receive.

DOL Expected To Clarify How FLSA Overtime Rates Are Determined

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees are entitled to the premium overtime rate of 1-1/2 times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked past 40 in a single workweek. The regular rate of pay is determined by adding up all earnings, including non-discretionary bonuses and some other payments, and dividing by the number of hours worked.

Employee, Employer Groups Testify On DOL's Proposed Overtime Rule

In 2016, the Obama administration's Labor Department proposed a change to the overtime rule in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. That change would have increased the exempt salary threshold, which is the minimum amount employees must earn in order to be classified as exempt from the FLSA's overtime requirement. However, the change was blocked by an appellate court. Now, the Trump administration's DOL is considering its own changes to the overtime rule, and employer and employee groups testified about their concerns at an Oct. 17 hearing at the DOL.

Companies Offering Paid Family And Medical Leave Get Tax Credit

The Treasury Department recently announced that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers most employers a substantial tax credit for providing paid family and medical leave. How substantial? Between 12.5 and 25 percent of the wages paid. Moreover, it's possible to take the tax credit retroactively this year as long as you put the required policies in place before Dec. 31. And, your short-term disability policy may qualify you for the credit.

In 5-4 Split, US Supreme Court Approves Mandatory Arbitration

Thatcher logo.jpg"The policy may be debatable but the law is clear," wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, a case testing whether employers can require employees to arbitrate wage and hour claims individually, as opposed to banding together in a class action.

Federal Judge Rules Uber Limo Drivers Are Independent Contractors

Thatcher logo.jpgIn the first ruling under federal law involving Uber, a U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania has just ruled that limousine drivers for UberBLACK are independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA sets the minimum wage and overtime rules for covered employees -- but independent contractors are not covered by the law. Therefore, much FLSA litigation centers around who is legally an employee and who is a contractor.

New 'PAID' Wage And Hour Audit Program Reduces Penalty For Errors

Thatcher logo.jpgThe Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program is like "a get-out-of-jail-free card for employers" with wage-and-hour compliance issues, according to a federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project.

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