Summer’s (Unofficially) Here!! Can I Put My Kids to Work??

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash The end of the school year and Memorial Day signals the unofficial “start” of summer.  For many students and parents alike, this means finding the quintessential summer job.  For employers, it means young people applying for work hoping to earn some
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Employee or Independent Contractor? Interpreting the DOL’s Final Rule

On January 10, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to help workers and businesses evaluate whether someone is an “employee” or an “independent contractor” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  According to the DOL, the updated rule is intended to
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Got Exempt Employees? Here’s What The Helix Decision Means For You

As has been widely publicized, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, No. 21-984, that a former employee was entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), despite working as a manager and earning over $200,000 annually
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California Gig-Company Workers to Remain Independent Contractors

Earlier this week, in a win for gig economy companies, a California appeals court ruled Uber, Lyft, and similar app-based ride-hailing and delivery companies can continue to classify their California drivers as independent contractors pursuant to Proposition 22. In 2020, California su
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Attention California Employers! New Guidance for Complying with Expanded Pay Data Reporting Requirements

Effective this year, Senate Bill 1162 significantly expanded the employer pay data reporting requirements of California Government Code section 12999.  The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) recently released guidance to help employers comply with the new requirements by the upc
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Free labor could cost you: an overview of internship wage compliance

As summer approaches, many employers are looking to hire student interns. The benefits of summer internships are mutual: Companies create an accessible group of potential future hires, while interns obtain real- world workplace experience and training, as well as valuable networking o
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Higher Wages and Paid Sick Leave for All – Arizona Passes Proposition 206

In keeping with what has become a nationwide trend, Arizona voters approved the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative (“Proposition 206”), a ballot measure that incrementally increases the minimum wage, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave. The measure passed by a ma
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Department of Labor Raises White Collar Salary Threshold

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Department of Labor released the final rule updating overtime regulations. The final rule, which is effective on December 1, 2016, includes the following key provisions: The salary threshold for “white collar” workers will more than double from $45
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Ninth Circuit Takes a Different Road in Ruling that Automobile Service Advisors are Not Exempt

On March 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that automobile service advisors – those friendly faces that evaluate your car troubles and recommend services and repairs – are not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements
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Court of Appeals Hands Employers Another Argument to Defeat Wage and Hour Collective Actions

The Ninth Circuit decided a matter of first impression on Wednesday, which could make it easier for employers to defeat wage and hour collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Greg Landers v. Quality Communications, Inc., et al., employees argued that QCI (a ca
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