Employment Law

The New Overtime Law is Here

05.23.2016
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Beginning on December 1, 2016, significant changes to federal overtime laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will take effect. The most prominent of these changes is that the threshold salary for employees to be exempt from overtime will roughly double, from $23,660 ($455/wk) to $47,476 ($913/wk).

The good news for Green Industry businesses is that this change will only affect the relatively small number of companies with employees who previously qualified for overtime exemption but earn less than $47,476. The bad news is that the change comes at a time when a shortage […]

The Overtime is Coming!

05.16.2016
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The overtime threshold is changing, and the changes could greatly impact some employers. According to the White House Domestic Policy Council, only 8% of full time salaried workers are currently being paid overtime. That’s because the rules that determine which workers are exempt from overtime pay haven’t kept up with the cost of living. Some professionals and managers are exempt from overtime if they make more than $23,660 a year and perform specific duties. However, this is about to change.

President Obama has directed the Department of Labor to update the regulations concerning who qualifies for overtime […]

Family and Medical Leave Act

04.25.2016
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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted to provide job protection for public and private employees. It is important to note that there are two versions of FMLA: the federal version and the state version. In general, employers should plan to comply with whichever version provides more protection for the employee. For this blog, we will provide information on both the federal FMLA and Minnesota FMLA.

Federal FMLA covers employers who have 50 or more employees working within an a 75-mile radius area. Only employees who have been employed for 20 or more workweeks during that year […]

Can Seasonal Employees Collect Unemployment Benefits?

10.27.2015
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The ebb and flow of Green Industry work often makes having seasonal employees a necessity. Now that the landscaping season has wound down, one thing you or your employees may be wondering is whether or not seasonal workers are permitted to collect unemployment benefits.

Are seasonal workers be allowed to collect unemployment checks in their downtime?
Traditionally, many people who worked seasonal positions had been allowed to collect unemployment benefits. However, a larger number of states are now saying that they shouldn’t be able to take benefits and employers are often surprised to discover that in certain […]