In June 2018, Massachusetts passed a law that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15.00 per hour and establish a paid family and medical leave program for employees in the state. The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave, a newly established state agency created to administer the leave program, recently issued FAQs for employers and employees, available here. The requirements of the new law, as clarified by the FAQs, are explained below. Read more
Now that a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction staying implementation of the new DOL regulations revising salary thresholds for determining application of the white collar minimum wage and overtime pay exemptions, otherwise slated to go into effect on December 1st, what happens next, and how quickly will that occur? Here are the possibilities.
- An interlocutory appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. How that comes out is anyone’s guess, but the case is vulnerable in its analysis, as detailed below.
- Congressional Action that renders the decision academic. On September 28, 2016, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6094, titled Regulatory Relief for Small Business, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. The bill would have changed the effective date of the revised overtime regulations from December 1, 2016 until June 1, 2017. With a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, there is a very real possibility that some form of law will be filed and passed in 2017. The question of course is what will that bill look like – for examples, will it exempt “small business”, and will it change the minimum salary amounts and/or remove automatic indexing?
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On to business… much has happened recently.
- The Department of Labor issued a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to direct care workers who provide home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities. Companionship workers, or individual workers who are employed only by the person receiving services or that person’s family or household and engaged primarily in fellowship and protection and care incidental to such activities, will still be considered exempt from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections. You can access the DOL’s press release here.
- The National Labor Relations Board launched its first mobile app, available free to iPhone and Android users. According to the NLRB’s press release, the app provides information for employees, unions and employers- whether unionized or not- with information about their rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB joins the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, both of which have already launched apps. Click here for the WHD timesheet app and here for OSHA’s heat index for outdoor workers safety app.
And last (for now), but certainly not least…
- A NY federal court judge has ruled that Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant is entitled to have a jury decide her claim for unpaid overtime. According to the former assistant, she was required to be on-call 24/7 and should be paid nearly $400,000 for 7,000 of overtime hours, worked over the course of 13 months.
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