Employment Law

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

09.26.2019
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On September 24,2019 The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The currently enforced thresholds were set in 2004, the new thresholds account for the growth in employee earnings. In the final rule, the Department is:

– raising the […]

MN Employee Notice and Wage Theft Changes

07.1.2019
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Effective July 1, Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Law will require employers to provide notices to employees upon employment, provide additional information on earnings statements, and keep additional employee records.  Beginning August 1, the law creates increased violation penalties for noncompliance and expands the Department of Labor and Industry’s and Attorney General’s authority to enforce it.  Important details regarding changes to the Wage Theft Law are outlined below.

Employee Notice

The new Wage Theft Law requires employers to provide employees, at the start of their employment, a written notice with information about their employment status and […]

Sick Safe Leave Update

05.17.2019
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On April 29, 2019 the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that Minneapolis’ sick and safe leave ordinance can apply to employers not located within Minneapolis. Previously, the courts had limited the reach of the ordinance to employers resident in the city. This ruling will have a significant impact on companies that do business in the city of Minneapolis.

In 2016, Minneapolis enacted a law requiring any employer, regardless of location, to provide leave benefits to employees who work at least 80 hours per year within the city limits. See more about the ordinance from our previous post on […]

Proposed new overtime rules

04.3.2019
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Back in 2016, employers nationwide prepared to comply with scheduled changes to overtime eligibility rules. The 2016 changes were never implemented, but on March 7 this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new proposed changes. If implemented, the changes would raise the overtime salary threshold for non-exempt workers from $455/week ($23,660/year) to $679/week ($35,308/year). Currently, the DOL projects that if adopted, the rule is intended to take effect around January 2020.

The rule is still in the proposal stage, meaning that it’s not final and the public may submit […]

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