Second Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ attempt to let a few anomalous weeks tarnish the proper use of the FLSA's fluctuating workweek, and, in doing so, handed employers a useful defense tool in these and similar cases.
USDOL’s final rule recognizes that employees paid under the FLSA’s fluctuating workweek method can receive commissions, weekend pay, etc. – with some caveats.
As the summer comes to a close, USDOL’s continued momentum ensures a busy fall for employers. While we await the details, one thing is clear – employers should take these three steps right now.
The USDOL has proposed to update its guidance regarding how the "regular rate" is calculated for purposes of overtime pay.
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.
Employers should be careful when considering whether and how to use compensation-based measures as substitutes for more-direct means of managing employee conduct.
Perhaps the conditions are right for a coalition drawn from employees, employers, and government representatives to wrestle the FLSA into the 21st century.
Notwithstanding incomplete or over-simplified U.S. Department of Labor "guidance", employers should recognize that the FLSA overtime regular rate will almost always vary as the overtime hours worked in a workweek vary.
Some employers have adopted one or more of a variety of percentage-based approaches to dealing with the FLSA overtime ramifications of bonuses.