What’s Brewing: Overtime rules, Wage Hikes, Salt

It would be an understatement to say these are challenging times for the restaurant business, and, in particular, for the quick service sector. In fact, Dunkin’ franchise owners find themselves in the midst of a veritable superstorm of new government-mandated overtime rules, minimum wage hikes, family-leave requirements and now “voluntary” sodium disclosures as well. Possibly…

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New Federal Rules Mandate Overtime Pay for More Employees Congressional Challenge Unlikely to Delay Rules

Last month the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (US DOL) issued its much anticipated final regulations that substantially increase the minimum salary required to qualify for exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). An effort by Republican congressional lawmakers to challenge the rule…

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Court Examines Whether Managers are Exempt from Overtime

When I was a child, I once heard my father tell a client: “If you are looking for loyalty, then you will find it in the dictionary.” Decades later this exchange still sticks with me. No matter how well we treat our employees, it takes very little for one of them to turn on us…

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SBA Advocate Asks for More Comment Time on Overtime

With the Obama administration moving full bore on implementing its new overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the business advocate’s office within the Small Business Administration has formally requested that DOL allow more time for concerned individuals and small businesses to comment on the proposal.  DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has proposed more…

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Final Weeks for Comment on Overtime Rule

Concerned businesses and individuals have only until September 4, 2015 to submit comments to the Department of Labor regarding the agency’s proposed doubling of the FLSA overtime threshold.  Public comments on the proposed change are welcomed during a 60 day window from the time the proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register.  That window…

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Labor Doubles Overtime Threshold

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued its proposed regulation regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemption and the net effect of the change doubles the amount of money used as the threshold.  Since 2004, when the overtime exemption was last revised, the salary requirement was set at $23,660 or $455/week, however under the…

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NRF Report Projects Major Costs from New Overtime Rules

The National  Retail Federation released a new report just over a week ago that predicts that new overtime regulations being proposed by the Obama administration will result in significant increases in costs to businesses across the country, but will have the greatest impact on the retail industry.  The NRF report, conducted by Oxford Economics, found…

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Perez Wants Minimum Wage Hike And Then Some

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez made headlines over the past week on two different occasions and with two different issues.  First, he joined activists, elected officials and others to endorse legislation that was newly introduced by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.  The so-called “Raise the Wage Act” would increase the…

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DOL Signals Increased Enforcement

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During…

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