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HTML"No Opinion Letters" Policy Reaffirmed
John E. Thompson; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
From the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's inception in 1938, employers sought, and officials of the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division provided, official written explanations of how that law works in particular situations. These "opinion letters" served as an important...

 

HTMLEmployment Law in Switzerland: Part III
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
This article is the third in a series which will provide an introduction to employment law in Switzerland and will cover the basic laws applicable to prohibitions against discrimination and harassment and the remedies available to employees who prevail in actions against their employers for...

 

HTML"Tipped Minimum Wage" Nonsense Continues
John E. Thompson; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
A recent post appearing on U.S. Labor Department's blog begins, "The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That's right - it's been the same for nearly a quarter century."

 

HTML"Predictable Scheduling": An Undiscovered FLSA "Right"?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil reportedly has said that the Division is "looking very actively at" the question of whether workers should be legally entitled to "predictable scheduling". In recounting Mr. Weil's statements in a recent interview, Daily Labor Report...

 

HTMLColorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1
Todd A. Fredrickson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Colorado Constitution.

 

HTMLBullying Can Cost Your School - And Your Students, And Their Parents
Kathleen McLeod Caminiti, David J. Treibman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015
School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and emotional harm to students. Bullying has been linked both to deadly school...

 

HTMLFLSA Exemption Changes: A Possible "Plan B" For Retailers
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 26, 2015
Expectations are that the U.S. Labor Department's proposed regulations re-defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions will be released in the next few weeks, if not within days. As we have said, these provisions...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Paralyzes Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine, Affords Greater Deference To Federal Agencies
Jaklyn Wrigley; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015
Today, in a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a precedent on which the regulated community has relied to keep federal agencies in check for nearly 20 years. This precedent, commonly referred to as the Paralyzed Veterans doctrine, required a federal agency to engage in...

 

HTMLDo You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why employers should take certain steps. You already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer (CO) takes shots and to take notes. But do you know why to take those photos and what to...

 

HTMLLimiting Off-Duty Access To The Hotel
L. Brent Garrett; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Many hospitality employers are surprised to learn that employees have a right under federal labor law to access the exterior, nonworking areas of the hotel property in their off-duty hours for union or other protected concerted activities. Hospitality employers are also surprised to learn that...

 


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