Susan E. Prince, JD, is a Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Prince has 15 years of experience as an attorney and writer in the field of human resources and has published numerous articles on a variety of human resources and employment topics, including compensation, benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, work/life issues, termination, and military leave. Ms. Prince also served as an expert on several audio conferences discussing the 2004 changes to the federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before starting her career in publishing, Ms. Prince practiced law for several years in the insurance industry and served as president of a retail sales business. Ms. Prince received her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's video on the DOL's Proposed Overtime Regulations
With the release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime regulations, not only will employers and human resources (HR) professionals be dealing with the dollars and cents of shifting numerous employees from the exempt to nonexempt categories under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but they will be tasked with bolstering employee morale and handling various emotions about the changes.
Employers, get ready for a busy summer! Just when you are about to embark on your summer getaways, dreaming of sun and relaxation … you are probably going to have 60 days to make sure you are in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes. Well, if you don’t see the sun, the stress of these changes for employers will certainly keep you hot under the collar!
On March 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, holding that when certifying a class or collective action, differences between members of the class do not prohibit the formation of a class in a situation where statistical techniques, which assume the class members are all identical, will be used to determine the company’s liability and damages awarded.
A joint employment relationship and the responsibilities that go with it can be very confusing for employers. Just establishing whether or not a joint employment relationship even exists can be a point of contention. Therefore, on January 20, 2016, the federal Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2016-1: Joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
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