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DOL Releases Joint Employer Final Rule
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
On January 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a final rule updating the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule is
Increased Penalties for Violations of FLSA, FMLA, HIOSH/OSHA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Effective January 15, penalties are higher for violations of various statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and the Occupational Safety
DOL Issues Two New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
On January 7, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued two new opinion letters concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). FLSA 2020-1 discusses the method for
DOL Publishes Final Rule on Regular Rate for Overtime Calculations
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
On December 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a Final Rule to clarify and update the regular rate regulations, which define what forms of payment employers include in the “time and
Are You Ready For 2020?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2020 is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some of the changes taking effect next year that may be of interest to Hawaii employers: January 1, 2020 The final overtime rule raises the salary threshold to
The Not-So-Fun Side of Holiday Parties – Limiting Alcohol and Paying for Attendance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Over two-thirds of participating organizations (71.7%) reported that they will have an organization-wide holiday party this year according to HEC’s 2019 Holiday Practices Survey. Company holiday parties can boost
Proposed Rule to Update Fluctuating Workweek Compensation Method
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
On November 5, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would revise the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) regulation for computing overtime
DOL Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Tip Credits
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced a proposed rule amending tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Background The FLSA generally requires covered employers to
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