DOL Issues Opinion Letters

On July 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued three opinion letters dealing with different aspects of overtime requirements – two of which you may want to be familiar. (The third deals with paralegals, so is not of concern to our subscribers.) Specifically, the first clarifies the federal regulations governing the calculation of overtime pay…

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Maintain Hiring Standards! Dunkin’  Crackdown on Illegal Hiring

In the wake of initiating legal action against a number of franchises in Pennsylvania and Delaware for violating hiring standards in their franchise agreements, Dunkin this week announced that it is taking the hiring practice investigation nationwide. As all franchisees know, the Dunkin’ franchise agreement requires that franchise owners use the federal E-Verify system before…

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July 1 Triggers Changes in State Laws

With the turn of the calendar on Monday, a number of states will see changes in various state laws and we want to ensure that you are aware. We provide additional details on those changes in this entry, but to clarify who should look further, changes will become effective on or around July 1st in…

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Washington State Proposing OT Threshold

Business owners may have dodged the bullet of a doubling of the overtime threshold at the federal level, but the issue is still rearing its ugly head at state agencies around the country. Perhaps the most recent – and egregious – example comes to us from the Pacific Northwest. The Department of Labor & Industries…

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IRS Blocks SALT Workarounds

The Internal Revenue Department (IRS) issued final regulations this week that effectively blocked the effort by some states to get around the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act back in 2017. The workarounds, which allowed – and in most cases encouraged – local communities…

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Paid Family Leave Programs Spreading

Just a few weeks ago, we advised you that Maine became the first state to adopt a universal paid family leave plan allowing employees to use the benefit for any reason. This week, Nevada joined Maine in that category when it adopted its own universal paid family leave law. The Nevada program applies to employers…

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Massachusetts Grants 3 Month Reprieve on Paid Leave Funding

Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and state legislators agreed to delay the implementation of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program until October 1, 2019. The program, which was an integral part of the so-called Grand Bargain – a misnomer if ever there was one, was to be funded with a 0.63% payroll…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

Often throughout the year, we advise our subscribers of different laws or regulations that will be taking effect at a future date, either near term of a few months later. We’re going to add “Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar” to SRNS periodically to ensure that you are aware of those changes that will…

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Unpaid Overtime Costly

With the overtime exemption still somewhat in a state of flux in some circles, it is even more important that business accurately categorize and compensate their managerial employees. A quick look at a recent federal court decision against Steak & Shake in Missouri should drive the point home. A class action suit involving 286 managers…

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DOL Extends Two Comment Periods

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this past week extended the comment period on proposed regulations for a new joint employer standard and for the definition of “regular rate” of pay, on which overtime pay calculations are based. Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) were published on March 29 and April 9 respectively, with final comments…

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