Deciding Who to Recall from Furlough or Layoff: A Quick Start Guide

Deciding which employees to return to the workplace following a furlough or temporary layoff, and in what order you’ll call them back, will require an individualized analysis for each organization. For those who aren’t sure where to start, we provide this as a starting point. Company Needs First, think about overall operations in the future. … Continue reading Deciding Who to Recall from Furlough or Layoff: A Quick Start Guide

DOL Proposes Revisions to the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method

In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to update the “fluctuating workweek” method for calculating employee overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The fluctuating workweek method provides employers a cost-saving option to compensate employees who are not exempt from the act’s overtime wage payment requirements. Currently, … Continue reading DOL Proposes Revisions to the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method

DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposal, the minimum salary level for executive, administrative and professional employees would increase from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). This is … Continue reading DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under the following federal laws: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) These increased amounts apply … Continue reading DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law