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You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: Pay Equity Initiatives Flood the State Legislatures

In 2017, legislatures in more than 40 jurisdictions across the United States considered more than 100 bills intended to narrow the lingering pay gap between men and women. While only a handful of those proposals ultimately became law, this wave shows no signs of subsiding. Most state legislatures are back in session, and lawmakers are quickly picking up where they left off.

Minimum Salaries for White-Collar Employees: Will States Pick Up Where US Labor Department Left Off?

After the Department of Labor’s rule raising the minimum annual salary for most overtime-exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 was invalidated by a federal court last year, it appears some states may step in to finish the job started by the Obama administration.

Eleventh Circuit Allows Employer to Share Employee's Tips as Long as It Pays Employee Minimum Wage

Federal regulations currently treat tips as the employee’s property, regardless of whether the employer pays that employee the minimum wage or whether it uses a tip credit to satisfy the minimum wage requirement. Recently, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that, if passed this year, would allow employers to require the sharing of tips with employees who do not customarily receive direct tips (such as restaurant cooks, dish washers, and similar workers), so long as the employer pays employees the full federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Employers who use the tip credit option to satisfy the minimum wage obligation would not be allowed to require tip sharing with workers who do not customarily receive tips.

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (January Edition)

2018 may have barely begun, but minimum wage and overtime activity at the local, state – and even federal – levels is well underway. Settle in – we’ve got a lot to cover.

IRS Renews Warning of Form W-2 Scams Targeting HR and Payroll

The IRS is again warning about an email scam that seeks to trick HR and payroll professionals into providing employees' Forms W-2 containing their personal identifying information, including names, Social Security Numbers and income information. The email falsely uses the name of an actual corporate officer within the target's own organization to request the information.

DOL Adopts New Test for Determining When Interns are Protected by FLSA

This month, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will be using a new method to determine whether interns and students employed by a for-profit employer should be paid employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and, thereby, entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay.

Discovery In FLSA Cases May Soon Hit The Fast-Track

Early discovery in cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) may be changing significantly if courts begin to adopt the new Initial Discovery Protocols For Fair Labor Standards Act Cases Not Pleaded As Collective Actions. The Federal Judicial Center’s FLSA Protocols Committee, which includes judges as well as lawyers engaged in FLSA matters, has developed discovery protocols that seek to change a party’s initial disclosure requirements to include additional documents and information specifically relevant to FLSA cases.

Minimum Wage Credit for Board and Lodging Leaves No Room for Profit, 4th Circuit Rules

Employers may claim the "reasonable cost" of board and lodging they provide to employees as a credit toward the minimum wage. But, as a new ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals shows, employers may not include any profit they make in this cost.

eLABORate: DOL Reduces the Risk of Employers Offering Unpaid Internships

Employers interviewing for their upcoming summer internship programs now have more flexibility and less risk of wage and hour litigation due to a significant policy turnaround by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Trends in Paid Parental Leave Come to the Legal Industry: A Call to Action for Law Firms?

As Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer at Ogletree Deakins, I have seen that law firms specifically, and the legal industry, generally, face external pressures from clients, outside counsel, and diversity groups to maintain diversity initiatives. Recently, some of that pressure has been coming from sources internal to law firms—namely, their own attorneys. As more companies offer their employees attractive leave benefits, law firms are following suit by offering their attorneys robust parental leave benefits. Here are some cutting-edge questions for companies promoting a work-life balance to consider in terms of their parental leave allowances, and trends in the promotion and advancement of women in law, including the Mansfield Rule and how it can positively impact the legal profession.

Ogletree Deakins | California | The Opportunities and Obligations of Venture Capital and Private Equity in the #MeToo Environment (February 01, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Glimmers of Hope? Pair of Recent PAGA Cases Provide Rare Procedural Victories for California Employers (January 31, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | California’s Salary History Ban: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (January 23, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate (January 22, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His Disabilities, But Was Not The Prevailing Party At Trial (January 21, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Long-Awaited Housekeeper Injury Prevention Regulations (January 24, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice (February 11, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard – Likely to Go Into Effect Later This Year (January 21, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | As Marijuana Shops Thrive, California Employers Revisit Drug Policies (January 18, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Reminder! California Employers Must Provide Notice of the Federal and California Earned Income Tax Credit (January 15, 2018)