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Secretary, U.S. Dep’t of Labor v. Bristol Excavating, Inc.

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Third-Party Bonuses Are Not Necessarily “Remuneration” for Overtime Purposes, Third Circuit Holds

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 06, 2019
When an employer permits its employees to participate in a bonus program offered by the employer’s client, based on the work performed for that client, those bonuses do not always qualify as “remuneration for employment” that must be included in the employee’s “regular rate” for purposes of calculating overtime pay due under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held. Secretary, U.S. Dep’t of Labor v. Bristol Excavating, Inc., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 24767 (3rd Cir. Aug. 20, 2019). In so concluding, the Third Circuit rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s position that any remuneration received by an employee, whether received directly from the employer or a third party, is always “remuneration for employment.” Instead, the Court of Appeals held, that determination depends on the agreement made between the employer and the employee.
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