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Christmas Comes Early — Texas Court Blocks New Overtime Rule Nationwide Saving Employers Millions of Dollars

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act
Yesterday, Texas District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant issued an order that immediately blocks the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. In order to comply with the new overtime rule, employers across the… Continue Reading

Win, Lose or Draw? How will the 2016 Election Impact Your Business

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Immigration, NLRB, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour
On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel’s Labor Relations and Employment Department will host a discussion on the upcoming presidential race and what employers can expect from a Democratic or Republican victory.  The stakes are high this year as labor relations, overtime rules, the FLSA, immigration and other areas could all see major… Continue Reading


Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Wage & Hour
On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (“PA DOL”) signed a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to coordinate efforts, by sharing information and conducting joint investigations on employers who may be violating one or more of the state or federal wage and hour laws that… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Criticizes Labor Department for Arbitrary Overtime Regulations

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Wage & Hour
The Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2016, that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) 2011 regulation removing a long-standing exemption to overtime pay  for auto service advisors was “procedurally defective.”  In a 6-2 opinion, the Court stated the DOL failed to follow the correct procedures in issuing a regulation by not giving adequate reasons… Continue Reading

Uber Drivers to Remain Independent Contractors…For Now

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act
Uber, the independent taxi service where you can “drive your car and be your own boss,” has long attracted controversy for classifying its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Class-action lawsuits claiming that Uber has abused and misused the 1099 form have been filed and certified in courts across the nation, including California, Massachusetts,… Continue Reading

Snow Laughing Matter: Employers Ask Important Questions About Inclement Weather and their Responsibilities towards Employees

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act
With the first (and hopefully the worst) of the winter’s calamities behind us, HRLegalist is reminded of a silly, but apt, joke: A: Knock Knock! B: Who’s There? A: Snow! B: Snow who? A: Snow laughing matter. On the heels of Storm Jonas many employers rightly raise important questions about how inclement weather closures could affect… Continue Reading

Misclassification in the Cross-Hairs: DOL Issues new Interpretive Guidance

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act
The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy of late. Fresh off of issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing major changes to overtime exemptions (as summarized by HRLegalist), DOL Administrator David Weil has issued a new Administrator’s Interpretation addressing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The Interpretation does not change the law,… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Says Employers Don’t Always Have To Pay Under The FLSA (Really!)

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act
What do you know, the Supreme Court has issued another employer-friendly decision on an interesting wage-and-hour issue!  This time, on December 9, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Fair Labor Standards Act does not require employers to pay employees for the time spent completing post-shift security screens designed to prevent theft.  Needless to… Continue Reading