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.
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”.
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.
USDOL has announced that it does not expect to address the FLSA white-collar exemptions (the so-called “overtime rule”) until March 2019 and has slotted "joint employment" for December 2018 instead.
The first of several USDOL "listening" sessions provided few answers. The primary question remains whether the agency will listen this time around as it takes on the FLSA's white-collar exemptions.
Tip credit controversies are alive and well as employers seek clarity on the USDOL's so-called 20% Rule regarding "tipped employees" engaging in activities that do not, or at least not directly, produce tips.
Employers often have pay plans detailing the events that trigger an employee's entitlement to commission payments. A recent Seventh Circuit decision serves as a reminder that employers should closely consider the particular position when doing so.
USDOL's recent Field Assistance Bulletin outlines the factors to be considered when the agency is evaluating independent contractor status.