Proposed New Regulations Would Raise Income Threshold for Wage & Hour Exemptions

Federal wage & hour laws require payment of overtime to all employees who (1) work more than 40 hours a week and (2) are not exempt as a result of the type of job they perform.  Some of the exemptions are discussed here.  The income threshold for the exemptions has been the same for many […]

US Supreme Court Issues New Guidelines on Religious Accommodation at Work

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch may have discriminated against a job applicant when it rejected the applicant because she wore a hijab (a Muslim head scarf) during her interview.  At the time, Abercrombie had a dress code that prohibited employees from wearing hats or other head […]

Implications of U.S. Supreme Court’s Announcement of Constitutional Protections for Same Sex Marriage – Employment Law and Otherwise – Part Two

By now, most Americans have heard that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced constitutional protections for same sex marriage.  This means that same sex marriage is legal and protected in all fifty states.  But, the resolution of the marriage issue raises a host of new issues.  This article addresses just a handful of those issues.  […]

Implications of U.S. Supreme Court’s Announcement of Constitutional Protections for Same Sex Marriage – Part One

By now, most Americans have heard that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced constitutional protections for same sex marriage.  This means that same sex marriage is legal and protected in all fifty states, on an equal footing with marriages between men and women.  But, the resolution of the same sex marriage issue raises a host […]

Federal Legislation Proposed to Ban Noncompetes for Low Wage Workers

A group of senators has proposed a bill that, if passed into law, would bar companies from requiring low wage workers to sign noncompete agreements.  The proposed law would bar such an agreement for workers paid $15 or less per hour.  Because this is proposed as a federal law, if it were to be adopted […]

FMLA REGULATIONS REVISED TO ACCOMMODATE SAME SEX MARRIAGE

The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) allows eligible employees to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or an ill spouse or child.  In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage of Act in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor has revised its FMLA regulations to make […]