DOL Issues New Overtime Payment Rules

OVERVIEW On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule regarding overtime wage payment qualifications for the “white collar exemptions” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule increases the salary an employee must be paid in order to qualify for a white  collar exemption. The required salary … Continue reading DOL Issues New Overtime Payment Rules

Final FLSA overtime rule published early?

The final rule on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the FLSA overtime exemptions may be published sooner than the anticipated July 2016 date. On March 14, the DOL sent the final draft of the rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB),  indicating a faster timeline than what was anticipated. The … Continue reading Final FLSA overtime rule published early?

Continue to Use Current Form I-9

As many employers are aware, the expiration date on the current Form I-9 is March 31,  2016. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet published a  revised form.  Employers may continue to use the current Form I-9 until further notice from the USCIS. On March 28, 2016, the USCIS published a 30-day … Continue reading Continue to Use Current Form I-9

Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline is a system that provides increasingly severe warnings for repeated employee conduct that either disregards the employer’s policies and procedures or fails to fulfill performance expectations. Using a system of progressive discipline in reaction to poor performance or rule violations can help employers avoid employee legal claims (for example, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, … Continue reading Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline

Supreme Court Hears Contraceptive Coverage Case

On March 23, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a group of cases in which religious nonprofits are challenging a government-designed workaround to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers cover birth control for their employees. As a result of the oral arguments, the Supreme Court ordered the parties … Continue reading Supreme Court Hears Contraceptive Coverage Case

Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for Expanding Obamacare — The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses how the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about how to get to universal coverage has generated more support among Democrats for expanding the Affordable Care Act (and less support for the law as is). via Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for … Continue reading Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for Expanding Obamacare — The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation