In May 2016, the City of Minneapolis passed a highly-publicized ordinance requiring most employers to provide paid sick and safe leave for many employees. The ordinance resurfaced in Minnesota headlines this week when a Hennepin County judge prevented the City from enforcing the ordinance against nonresident employers when it goes into effect in July.
Recap: The ordinance
Minneapolis Ordinance No. 2016-040 requires employers to provide their employees with 1 hour of paid sick/safe leave for every 30 hours worked, with annual caps and some rollover. Leave can be used for various illness- or safety-related […]
Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is a costly mistake. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the difference between an employee and an independent contractor depends on the circumstances under which work is performed. The distinction has major implications for wage and benefit structures. Unfortunately, businesses routinely fall into the trap of classifying workers based on external criteria – such as cost savings, independent contractor agreements, or franchise operation – rather than on work circumstances.
This winter, in an effort to reach both businesses and workers, the DOL added several misclassification resources to its website. The additions include a mythbusters page […]
Two weeks ago we posted an alert about a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime-exemption rule. The rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1st. While the fate of the rule remains uncertain, the Department of Labor recently filed a notice of intent to appeal the trial court’s preliminary injunction.
For business owners monitoring the status of the case, we’ve gathered the following links providing coverage and commentary on the case. These links do not necessarily represent the opinion of Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC, and are provided solely for our readers’ interest […]
In a surprise move just nine days before the regulation was to take effect, a Texas Federal Judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on the regulation that would require employers to start paying overtime to workers earning salaries under $47,476.00 a year, regardless of the primary duties of that employee. The regulation was to take effect December 1, 2016. Due to the preliminary injunction, the current salary threshold of $23,660.00 will remain in effect. This post will be updated as more information becomes available. Please refer to the article below for complete information on the rule […]