With Thanksgiving right around the corner, employers have one more thing to be thankful for, as a federal judge in Texas has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act regulationson the “white collar” overtime exemptions (i.e., the executive, administrative, or professional exemptions).
In granting the injunction, the court ruled that the stateplaintiffs were likely to succeed in showing that the DOL exceeded its authority in establishing a salary threshold for the “white collar” exemptions and setting the thresholdat a level that would effectively create a “salary-only test.” The court also ruled that the public interest would be best served by a preliminary injunction, which would preserve the status quo until the court could make a final ruling on the regulations’ validity and the DOL’s authority to make the regulations.… Read More
In the last twomonths, we have written about two lawsuits that challenge the Department of Labor’s new regulations on the “white collar” overtime exemptions, which go into effect on December 1. It now appears that we will receive a key ruling in this case on November 22.
As you may recall, two lawsuits challenging the new regulations were filed in the same federal district court in September—one by a group of 21 states and the other by a group of 55 pro-business organizations.… Read More
Charles A. Bruder, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present on Affordable Care Act updates at the Lehigh Valley Association of Healthcare Office Managers annual meeting on Thursday, December 8 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Macungie, Pennsylvania.
Bruder will recap what has happened so far and discuss the implications for employer-sponsored health plans in terms of their effect on healthcare providers, such as physicians and healthcare office managers. … Read More
As many of you know, longstanding guidance under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code governs the use of deferred compensation to incentivize executives. However, proposed amendments are raising significant issues.
Recently, I had an opportunity to discuss these changes and what they mean for employers and employees with a representative of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. You can read a copy of my interview, “Big Changes Loom for Executive Compensation,” which appears in the October edition of the publication, here.… Read More
Recently, I participated in a panel discussion for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Healthcare Summit. The discussion focused on the workplace implications of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, which went into effect earlier this year. As my Pennsylvania colleagues wrote about here, the new law prevents employers from discriminating or retaliating against a candidate or employee because he/she is certified to use medical marijuana. … Read More
This past week saw the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issue several publications focused on providing informational and compliance updates.
On September 27, the EEOC announced the launch of its online “Small Business Resource Center.” See the announcement.
This online resource is intended to provide an easily accessible reference source for small employers to educate and promote compliance with the federal anti-discrimination laws, which are enforced by the EEOC. … Read More
Pat Collins led the fourth session of our 2016 Labor & Employment Breakfast Series this morning with a seminar on Issues Affecting New Employees.
Watch the video below to see his quick recap.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat at email@example.com. Stay tuned for more information on the final session of the series, Year In Review, which will take place on December 1.… Read More
Patrick T. Collins of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present “Issues Affecting New Employees,” the fourth seminar of his 2016 Labor & Employment Law breakfast series on September 15. He will discuss the issues involved in hiring new employees, including Ban The Box laws, legal inquiries on employment applications and in the interview process, and employee background checks. Please see details below.… Read More