Wage and Hour

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Biden Administration’s Department of Labor has published its long-expected proposal to amend the “white collar” regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to extend overtime eligibility to numerous salaried

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

As expected, the Department of Labor has issued final revised regulations under the federal Davis-Bacon Act that will make it much easier for unionized construction companies to win federal contracts.

Monday, July 24, 2023

For the second time, a federal trial court in Texas has rejected an attempt by the restaurant industry to block enforcement of revised “tip credit” regulations issued by the Biden Administration’s Labor Department.

Monday, July 10, 2023

In one of the relatively rare decisions issued by a federal appeals court interpreting the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Second Circuit addresses the key term “operating unit.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The appeals court has rejected the often plaintiff-friendly “conditional certification” that many courts grant in allowing a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act to proceed. Instead, the court has adopted a standard that requires lead

Monday, May 22, 2023

New guidance issued by the Labor Department summarizes the broad provisions of a law enacted by Congress late last year that expands workplace protection for employees to express milk.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit challenging revised “tip” regulations issued by the Labor Department in 2021 should get another look from the trial court in determining whether the regulations should be enjoined.

Monday, April 24, 2023

A federal appeals court has rejected a claim by a group of salaried employees that an employer’s application of a productivity incentive system that could result in deductions from paid time off was not permitted under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Despite the fact that a worker made more than $200,000 a year, the Supreme Court has ruled that he was entitled to overtime pay because his employer could not show that it complied with the Labor Department’s so-called “salary basis” test under the F

Friday, February 24, 2023

The Labor Department reports that the number of administrative complaints it closed in fiscal year 2022 alleging overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act declined for the 10th straight year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

A federal trial court in Arizona has rejected a challenge brought by five states questioning the legality of a Biden Executive Order that raised the minimum wage payable on certain federal contracts to $15 an hour, finding the President acted within

Monday, December 19, 2022

CWC has filed written comments with the Department of Labor urging the agency to retain the 2021 regulations that articulate the test used for classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. As expected, the Labor Department has proposed new interpretive regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that would weigh heavily in favor of an employee versus independent contractor classification determination.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Two different Presidential Executive Orders set a higher minimum wage rate on certain government contracts depending on when the contract was executed. Pursuant to an escalator clause contained in each E.O., the minimum wage rate under each will incr

Monday, September 12, 2022

For 40 years, the Labor Department has insisted that to be enforceable, a settlement of Fair Labor Standards Act claims must be supervised by the agency or approved by a federal court. Two recent federal court rulings state that there is nothing in t

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a large monetary antitrust settlement involving the poultry industry in which DOJ alleged unlawful suppression of worker pay. The settlement is further evidence of DOJ’s current focus on going after a

Thursday, July 21, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Department of Labor has published proposed regulations pursuant to a Biden Executive Order issued late last year that would require a successor contractor on a contract covered by the Service Contract Act to give the pr

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A House of Representatives committee has approved a bill that would rewrite the FLSA to significantly expand the law’s disclosure and enforcement provisions. As our memo explains, however, the bill seems more intended as a political statement rather

Monday, April 25, 2022

In a political setback to the Biden Administration, the U.S. Senate has rejected the President’s nomination of former Obama-era Department of Labor Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil to serve in the same position again.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

A federal court has ruled that the Biden Administration failed to comply with applicable procedural requirements in attempting to withdraw a helpful employee classification rule issued by the Trump Labor Department. As a result, the Trump rule is in

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Labor Department is proposing a major revision of its regulations implementing the Depression-era Davis-Bacon Act. Under the proposal, it would be more likely that union wage rates would apply on federal construction projects, making it easier fo

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act sets wage and fringe benefit requirements on certain federal construction contracts. Because we get Davis-Bacon related compliance questions from time to time, we thought it might be helpful to prepare this primer on t

Thursday, February 24, 2022

According to statistics released recently by the Department of Labor, the number of complaints it resolved that were filed by individuals under either the Fair Labor Standards Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act has gone down noticeably in recent

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Under an Executive Order issued by President Biden last April, the minimum wage on certain federal contracts and subcontracts was increased to $15.00 an hour beginning on January 30, 2022. Federal procurement regulations.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

A recent Equal Pay Act ruling by a federal appeals court suggests that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants it both ways when attempting to establish a pay discrimination claim.

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