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Here is a handy list of facts to gather before tackling FLSA inclement weather questions.

This week USDOL increased the civil money penalties it can impose for certain FLSA violations.

Some lawmakers want to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.55 later this year, then step it up to $15.00 per hour by 2024, and subsequently increase it annually in relation to statistical data.

USDOL reportedly is submitting a proposed rule for review by the federal Office of Management and Budget.  Publication on target for first quarter.

In addition to the minimum wage increase, Massachusetts employers must comply with two less flashy, but more administratively burdensome, changes.

Despite most of the government being occupied with the "shutdown" dilemma, the unaffected USDOL has remained busy and gifted us with two opinion letters today.

Here is a handy summary of the minimum wage increases applicable to most employers in the coming year.

Strategic maneuvering to avoid attorney’s fee award in FLSA collective action.

USDOL has finally clarified the so-called “20% Rule” limiting the use of the FLSA tip credit even with respect to individuals qualifying as “tipped employees”, and revised the Field Operations Handbook accordingly.

The USDOL recently announced that it will continue its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, and wasted no time beginning its efforts to further educate employers and attorneys about the benefits of the program.

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