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December 2016 Archives

Latest Update on Court Proceedings over DOL's Overtime Salary Regulations

Thousands of employers affected by the US Department of Labor's Minimum Salary Rule for Overtime Pay Exemptions have anxiously awaited the outcome of litigation that blocks the rule from going into effect as intended, on December 1, 2016.

Illinois Employers Should Be Hyper Alert to an Employee's First 30 Working Days

Recently a client asked if she could fire an "at-will" employee who was working less than "90 days." Within this question, I could see many employment law concerns colliding with each other and causing confusion.

Village of Barrington "Opts Out" of Cook County Sick Leave

As I am sure most, if not all, readers of this Illinois Client Update are aware, over the last few years both the City of Chicago and Cook County have been very active in creating legislation increasing the obligations of Employers with regard to Hourly Wage Rates and Sick Leave. Both the City of Chicago and Cook County have seen fit to pass legislation increasing the Minimum Wage and creating a Paid Sick Leave concept for Employers within their geographic boundaries:

Buckle Up Employers - the DOL Has Appealed the Texas Court's Injunction That Blocked Its Controversial Overtime Regulations from Going into Effect as Planned, Making the Road Ahead Full of Uncertainty for Payroll Specialists and Employers

When a federal court in Sherman, Texas issued a nation-wide injunction on November 22nd that blocked the Department of Labor's new overtime regulation, thousands of employers across the country breathed a sigh of relief. The DOL's new rule was to have gone into effect on December 1st and would have more than doubled the minimum salary employers would have to pay employees to qualify them for "white collar" exemptions from the FLSA's overtime and minimum wage requirements. Specifically, the new regulation, issued in May, gave employers just 6 months to either meet a new minimum salary of $47,476, annualized, or $913 per week. Employers unable or unwilling to meet this new salary for executive, administrative, or professional employees, would have had to reclassify them to non-exempt status, track all time worked, and pay overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. Because the trial court's injunction came just days before the new rule was to take effect, many employers had plans in place and some had already communicated, or actually implemented, drastic changes to their pay practices to comply with the DOL's mandate. As a result, these employers still face tough decisions either to stick with or rescind changes already made or communicated to their workforces. To make matters worse, on December 1st (the day its new salary regulation was to have begun) the DOL filed an appeal to overturn the trial judge's order. If successful, the appeal would reverse the injunction and allow the DOL's overtime salary regulation to go into effect at some unknown date.

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