Thursday, July 30, 2015

Minnesota Minimum Wage Changes Continue

It’s that time of year again.  On Saturday, August 1, 2015, Minnesota’s minimum wage will increase once more to $9 per hour for large employers.  Minnesota’s minimum wage statute was changed significantly in 2014 – resulting in new definitions of large and small employers, higher and changing minimum wage rates over time, and indexing to inflation.  Employers should ensure that they are prepared for the changes to come.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The ADA’s Quarter Century Anniversary is Marked by New Enforcement Initiatives

There’s only a few more sleeps ahead of us before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 years old. The law was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can find a video of the President’s signing ceremony here. As the ADA’s historic moment approaches, you can also watch for one of the various celebration events going on around the country and track the ADA Legacy Bus as it nears the completion of its year-long celebration and awareness tour.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

DOL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATION; SAYS “MOST WORKERS ARE EMPLOYEES UNDER THE FLSA”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued Administrator’s Interpretation 2015-1, providing guidance on the classification of employees and independent contractors. The DOL identifies the misclassification of employees as independent contractors as a high priority enforcement issue, labeling it “one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers, and the entire economy.” The DOL’s guidance is intended to help employers in classifying workers and to curtail misclassification.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DOL Overtime Rule Could Add Overtime Pay for Nearly 5 Million White Collar Employees

On July 6th, the federal Department of Labor initiated a rule-making process designed to significantly increase pay for “white collar” managers, administrators and professionals by more than doubling the salary an employer is required to pay to classify them as exempt from overtime requirements.  Estimates are that the change could result in employers being required to pay overtime to some 4.6 million workers who are currently classified as exempt from the overtime rule. The rule, as proposed, would also mean that employers would have to re-examine the overtime exemption for these white collar workers every year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When it Comes to Employee Benefits, It’s Now Just “Marriage”

The U.S. Supreme Court announced another eagerly anticipated decision last Friday, ruling that gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution to marry. The Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges follows decades of advocacy by groups favoring and opposing same-sex marriage, as well as ramped up legislative activity and court battles over the legality of same-sex marriage in recent years.