Employers received great news on Aug. 31, 2017, when United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority by increasing the salary basis requirement from $455 to $913 per week. The salary increase represented former President Barack Obama’s last [...]
As discussed in a prior blog post, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new regulations in 2016 that would have increased the salary basis test for the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements. The new rule would have increased the minimum salary to [...]
USCIS recently released a new revised version of the Form I-9. Employers must use this new version, with a revision date of 07/17/17 N, by September 18, 2017. Until then, employers may use the old version, with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. [...]
Can an employer require its employees to resolve employment-related disputes through individual arbitration, waiving the ability to pursue class or collective proceedings? Insurers, like other employers, are waiting for the United States Supreme Court to answer this question in the upcoming term. In the meantime, however, lower courts around the [...]
Medical and recreational marijuana would be legal in Wisconsin under a bill introduced late last week by State Representative Melissa Sargent. Representative Sargent introduced the bill, in part, as a revenue measure to help address the current budget stalemate in Wisconsin. Marijuana remains an illegal substance under federal law. [...]
In September 2016, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” law against a challenge brought by the International Union of Operating Engineers (the Union). In doing so Judge Stadtmueller cited an earlier ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Indiana’s nearly identical right-to-work law. [...]
Changes to Wisconsin’s child labor laws are on the horizon. On May 23, 2017, the Wisconsin legislature passed a bill that will eliminate the need for 16 and 17-year-olds to obtain work permits. The Bill, 2017 Assembly Bill 25, is currently awaiting Governor Scott Walker’s signature before it will take [...]
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced the withdrawal of two Obama-era Administrator’s Interpretations regarding the standards for determining joint employment and classification of employees as independent contractors. [...]
States and municipalities across the country continue to pass paid sick leave laws, leaving multi-state employers with the task of addressing a variety of sick leave requirements. Six sick leave laws passed last year will go into effect beginning on July 1, 2017: [...]
In a case that is sure to alarm employers, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in Wisconsin Bell, Inc. v. Labor and Industry Review Commission that an employer may be prohibited from disciplining an employee for misconduct or performance issues that are caused by the employee’s disability. The court’s decision [...]
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