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HEC Offers a Legislative Update after Second Crossover
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
We are nearing the end of session and the Hawaii state legislature just passed the Second Crossover deadline. As we prepare to head into conference, several employment-related bills are still alive, including measures that
Practice Tip: Review Hiring and Compensation Practices after Recent Pay History Decision
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
An employer cannot consider an employee’s prior salary history to justify a wage differential under the Equal Pay Act, according to a recent Ninth Circuit decision. To determine how your organization can best respond
Are FMLA-Covered Rest Breaks Compensable under the FLSA?
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter last week addressing whether an employer must pay a non-exempt employee for fifteen-minute rest breaks required by the employee’s serious
IRS FAQs Address New Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The IRS has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the new employer credit under Code Sec. 45S for paid family and medical leave. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) created the credit, which is
Where Can You Work an Average of 12 Hours a Day, 6-7 Days a Week, and Receive No Overtime Pay?
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The U.S. Navy! HEC’s General Counsel, Sheri-Ann Lau Clark, learned this lesson on her recent visit to the USS Carl Vinson. While passing Hawaii on its voyage from Japan to California, the USS Carl Vinson hosted Sheri
Auto Dealership Service Advisors are Exempt and FLSA Exemptions Need Not Be ‘Narrowly Construed’
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
An auto dealership’s service advisors, "who consult with customers about their servicing needs and sell them servicing solutions," are exempt from overtime under the FLSA, the U.S. Supreme Court held, taking on this
The 2018 National Safety Stand-Down is Just Around the Corner
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
In an effort to reduce construction fall fatalities and injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will host the 2018 National Safety Stand-Down next month. To participate in the Stand-Down, construction
EEOC Renews Partnership to Fight Job Discrimination against Filipinos
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will continue working with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines on educational efforts to prevent employment discrimination against Philippine nationals and
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Classifying Positions as Exempt from Overtime

While the brakes have been put on the Obama Administration’s attempt to raise the salary requirement for exempt executive, administrative, professional, and computer employees from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year), that does not mean that employers are in the clear when it comes to classifying positions as exempt.

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