Susan, JD, is a Senior Legal Content Specialist 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 has also served as an expert on numerous webinars regarding wage and hour issues 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 and master’s degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's video on the DOL's Proposed Overtime Regulations
On September 22, 2020, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding rules for employers to follow when classifying a worker as an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This analysis is especially important to employers as the gig economy grows throughout the United States and companies such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash rely heavily on gig workers. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be interpreted as a loosening of the standards, so that employers will more easily be able to classify workers as independent contractors once the rule is finalized.
The federal Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule on May 20, 2020 addressing whether employers may pay bonuses, commissions, and other types of incentive payments to employees paid under the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime.
Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic. In this 3-part article series we will cover these factors across several wage and hour topics. In this installment, we will cover several pay issues and scenarios. Keep in mind that individual state laws or collective bargaining agreements may apply as well.
Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic In this installment we will cover the use of volunteers as well as the rules around asking employees to work longer hours or perform job functions other than their usual work.
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