The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.
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As we have discussed at length previously, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) in May of 2010 issued a “new” test to determine if an internship can be classified as “unpaid.” As a result of that test, the floodgates opened on lawsuits against employers who used unpaid internships. One of the first such lawsuits involved Fox Searchlight and interns who worked on the Black Swan movie set. » Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued new model notices and medical certification forms for employers to use in administering Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave. The new forms—which expire on May 31, 2018—largely mirror the previous versions except for references to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).
In particular, the WH-380-E, 380-F, 385, and 385-V medical certification forms instruct health care providers not to provide information about “genetic tests,” “genetic services,” or “the manifestation of disease or disorder in the employee’s family members” pursuant to GINA regulations. » Read More
Under current, longstanding federal law, certain employees are considered “exempt” and are not entitled to overtime compensation. An exempt employee must be paid on a salaried basis and since 2004, the minimum salary required for an exemption has been $455/week, $23,660/year.
In March 2013, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” with the specific goal of increasing the number of white-collar employees who will be entitled to overtime pay.» Read More
Last week, thousands of former interns reached a $6.4 million settlement in their class-action wage and hour lawsuit against NBC Universal filed in federal court. The interns, who worked on shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” alleged that NBC Universal improperly classified them as “non-employee interns” and did not pay them minimum wage or at all for their internships, which involved work that would ordinarily be done by paid employees.» Read More
On June 11, 2013, the unpaid internship game changed forever. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a landmark ruling which has, essentially, put an end to the use of unpaid interns as regular employees.» Read More
Once again, we are going to look to Seinfeld for guidance in this entry. In one episode, Kramer obtains an intern, Darren, to assist him with his enterprise Kramerica. During the episode, Kramer has the following exchange with the dean at Darren’s school:» Read More