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1st Circuit Rules That Employer May Have To Accommodate Employee Who Can Do Job’s Essential Functions

20-191 | 25 Sep 2020
According to this federal appeals court ruling, “[a]n employee who can, with some difficulty, perform the essential functions of his job without accommodation nevertheless remains eligible to request and receive a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CWC's Comments To DOL Seek Harmonizing Paid Leave Mandates, Clarifying FMLA Regulations

20-190 | 25 Sep 2020
Our comments to the Department of Labor on two separate “Requests for Information” seeking input on leave issues offer a number of recommendations for changes that we believe would help to mitigate some of the current compliance challenges faced by employers that operate in multiple jurisdictions.

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED: DOL Proposes New Rule for Classifying Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors Under FLSA

20-189 | 24 Sep 2020
In a long-awaited regulatory action, the Labor Department is proposing to adopt a new “interpretive” rule for determining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. CWC will be submitting comments in favor of the proposal, and welcomes member feedback.

CWC INTERSTATE: CWC’s Monthly Update of Recently Enacted Workplace-Related State and Local Compliance Developments

20-188 | 23 Sep 2020
Our latest update covers developments of note occurring at the state and local level over the last month. Our next update is likely to focus on California, where several major workplace bills are awaiting the governor’s signature.

House of Representatives, With Large Bipartisan Majority, Approves “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”

20-187 | 21 Sep 2020
The House last week gave overwhelming support to a bill that would require employers to accommodate pregnancy-related conditions, signaling that it is closer to becoming law, although perhaps not this year. letters interpreting application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to various scenarios, including guidance on the “fluctuating workweek” method of calculating overtime pay and whether highly paid corporate trainers can be treated as overtime-exempt professionals.

Labor Department Publishes Four New FLSA Opinion Letters

20-186 | 18 Sep 2020
The Department of Labor recently released four new opinion letters interpreting application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to various scenarios, including guidance on the “fluctuating workweek” method of calculating overtime pay and whether highly paid corporate trainers can be treated as overtime-exempt professionals.

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage To Increase From $10.80 to $10.95 an Hour Beginning on January 1, 2021

20-185 | 18 Sep 2020
Under an Executive Order issued by President Obama in 2014 that is still in effect, federal contractors with certain specified contracts must pay employees working on those contracts a special minimum wage of $10.80 compared to the standard federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The E.O. requires the Labor Department to adjust this contractor minimum wage upwards each year to account for inflation, and DOL announced recently that it will go up to $10.95 on January 1.
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