Human Resources News & Insights

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which has been on the books since 1938, sets forth rules regarding employee wage practices, record keeping, workweek length, how overtime must be paid and a national minimum wage.

Court officially kills Obama-era OT rule, but changes are coming

While the Obama-era changes to the DOL overtime rule had been on life support for some time, a recent court ruling officially euthanized the controversial changes. That means HR pros can officially scrub the $47,476 salary threshold from their collective memories.

DOL flirting with radical change to OT rules: What it would mean for you

In its quest to find a suitable alternative to the OT rule changes created during the Obama administration, the Acosta-led DOL is considering a change that would address one of the chief complaints about the previous administration’s changes.

Supreme Court just killed this pay option for some: Is your firm impacted?

When the Supreme Court opted not to hear a recent FLSA case, it effectively killed a pay option for many employers and left one California city on the hook for a serious amount of back pay.

The return of Opinion Letters: DOL brings back key compliance tool for HR

Good news: HR pros will once again have one of the most useful DOL resources at their disposal to help with an array of tricky compliance issues.

Feds kill two ’employee-friendly’ rule interpretations, but will it help HR?

The DOL’s latest move gives employers some hope that the aggressive, pro-employee enforcement agenda of the agency’s previous administration is coming to an end.

Caution: DOL can cripple your future recruiting efforts for current pay mistakes

Imagine going through the stress of a DOL investigation, being ordered to pay out nearly $200,000 and then finding out you have to tell every new hire you plan to bring on about the ordeal.

That other major overtime bill HR needs to watch out for

Employers in the private sector are one step closer to being able to pay workers comp time in lieu of time-and-a-half for overtime hours worked.

Why the fight over DOL’s overtime rule could rage on … for a while

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule isn’t dead yet. In fact, it has a big ally. 

One missing punctuation mark cost this company $10 million

A single comma will end up costing one employer $10 million in unpaid overtime.  

This has got to be a record: 4 investigations, a judgment of $2.1M for OT violations

Occasionally, employers try some sneaky tactics to avoid paying employees the overtime they’re entitled to. This is the most egregious case of this kind of skullduggery we’ve ever come across.