Concluding that the company properly used the fluctuating workweek (FWW) pay method, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed summary judgment in favor of retailer Bed Bath & Beyond in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action brought by a group of former district managers. Thomas v. Bed Bath & Beyond, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 18747 (2d Cir. June 15, 2020).
Articles Discussing Overtime Under The FLSA.
Originally posted on our Wage and Hour Insights Blog The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) expressly authorizing employers to offer bonuses, hazard pay, and other premiums to employees whose hours, and regular rate […]
On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule revising its so-called “fluctuating workweek” regulation. The final rule confirms that incentive payments—such as bonuses, commissions, and other premium payments—made in addition to the salary are compatible with the use of the fluctuating workweek method
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its Final Rule revising the regulations governing the calculation of the “regular rate” of pay, used to calculate overtime, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule, which becomes effective on January 15, 2020, generally adopts the proposed rule published in March 2019, with some additional clarification and examples.
As 2019 winds down, employers should ask themselves if they’re ready to face the New Year. January 1, 2020 brings mandatory regulations both nationwide and locally. Most notably, effective January 1st, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the federal wage/hour law – will raise its salary test to the “white collar” exemptions to approximately $35,000/year. The federal Department of Labor (DOL), which is tasked with enforcing the FLSA, predicts 1.3 million currently exempt employees will be reclassified as nonexempt next year by its final rule.
Employees appreciate employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, prizes of small value, and wellness benefits. But those perks had been put in danger in recent years by lawsuits claiming that employers should have paid overtime on their value. On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor saved these and other welcomed extras by issuing revised regulations clarifying when employers need not pay overtime on perks.
Persistent confusion over the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fluctuating workweek” (FWW) pay method to satisfy employers’ obligation to pay overtime has deterred many from using it. Now, the DOL has proposed changes to clarify the pay method.
Background: The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) is attempting to provide clarity and predictability to one of the most confusing areas of wage and hour law – the fluctuating workweek. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees time and a half their regular rate of pay for hours worked over forty in each week. However, if certain conditions are met, the DOL allows employers to pay “a fixed salary for fluctuating hours” and overtime at a half-time rate. See 20 CFR 778.114.
On November 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor published a proposed rule that would make it easier for some employers to apply the “Fluctuating Workweek” method of calculating overtime pay for certain non-exempt employees.
On March 29, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a request for comments on proposed rules for calculating overtime for non-exempt employees. Specifically, the document notes the confusion of what items of compensation are included in the rate calculation for determining an employee’s regular rate for overtime purposes. Noting that a majority of part 778 was promulgated more than 60 years ago, the DOL noted that workplace laws and types of compensation received in the workplace have evolved dramatically.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations governing the calculation of the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
On March 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule to amend the regulations at 29 CFR Part 778 to clarify and update the “regular rate” requirements under section 7(e) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 USC §207(e), focusing on the types of compensation and benefits that employers must include in the overtime calculation.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new proposed rule raising the annual minimum salary requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemptions (executive, administrative, and professional). Under the new proposed rule, the salary level for the white collar exemptions will increase to $35,308, or $679 per week.
On March 7, 2019, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, through its Acting Administrator Keith Sonderling, published the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations. The DOL proposes to increase the minimum salary for exemption from $455 per week ($23,660 annualized) to $679 per week ($35,308 annualized). Employees with total annual compensation of $147,414 (including at least $679 per week paid on a salary basis) – up from the current $100,000 total annual compensation – would qualify for exemption under the test for highly compensated employees (HCE).
The DOL’s new overtime rule, intended to replace the rule announced late in the Obama administration but subsequently declared invalid by a federal court, finally has made, or soon will make its way, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Bloomberg Law has reported. OIRA is responsible for reviewing significant regulations before publication to ensure agency compliance with the principles in Executive Order 12866, which include incorporating public comment, considering alternatives to the rulemaking, and analyzing both costs and benefits.