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
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
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
Another overhaul of the federal overtime rules may be looming on the horizon. The Department of Labor has hinted that it is looking to reveal its proposed changes to overtime eligibility in the first quarter of 2019. Officials haven’t explained how this latest revision will differ from the stalled attempt in 2016. Experts suspect the … Continue reading Did you know?
In September 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) held listening sessions to help them gain insight into the public’s views on how to update and modernize the overtime rule. The final session wrapped on Sept. 24. While there is no official deadline announced, in their spring 2018 agenda, the DOL forecast that a new overtime … Continue reading Did you know?
The Department of Labor’s Office of Compliance Initiatives launched a website to “provide workers with a centralized base of information regarding worker protections.” The site, worker.gov, is easy to understand and features prominent links to help you quickly find the answers you need. Consider promoting this site to employees as an additional resource for labor … Continue reading Did You Know?
The smartest person is usually considered the best person for a job, especially when it comes to leadership. However, HR experts argue that traditional intelligence (book smarts) may not be as important as emotional intelligence (people smarts). What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence (EQ, or emotional quotient) can be summed up by a few characteristics: … Continue reading IQ or EQ: What’s More Valuable to Your Company?
There are a number of different federal employment laws that have their own rules for covered employers. Employers should be aware of the federal employment laws that may apply to their company. An employer’s size, or number of employees, is a key factor in determining which federal employment laws the employer must comply with. Some … Continue reading Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?
Each year, countless employers are subjected to wage and hour audits from the Department of Labor (DOL). Employers want to resolve the situation and pay back wages, but how can they without risking audits or lawsuits? The answer: Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID). PAID is a new pilot program from the DOL—launched in early April—that … Continue reading Worried About DOL Audits? Get PAID.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay their employees for all hours they are “suffered or permitted to work.” These hours are known as “work hours” or compensable time. What is compensable time? Compensable time includes all hours during which an individual is actually performing productive work and all hours an employee … Continue reading Compensable Time: What You Need to Know