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  • DOL Issues Additional Leave FAQs By: Brian R. Carnie, Chelsea G. Caswell, A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Scott D. Huffstetler, Erin L. Kilgore, Michael D. Lowe, Zoe W. Vermeulen, and David M. Whitaker Overnight, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division posted additional answers to pressing questions regarding leave issues under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  These Q&As address a number of recurring employer questions. Documentation. ... Continue ....
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: The Model Notices Are Here By: Brian R. Carnie, Chelsea G. Caswell, A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Scott D. Huffstetler, Erin L. Kilgore, Michael D. Lowe, Zoe W. Vermeulen, and David M. Whitaker Yesterday afternoon, on March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued its model notices that meet the requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The DOL provided a model... Continue Reading... ....
  • Leave Act Takes Effect April 1 and Other New DOL Guidance By: Brian R. Carnie, Chelsea G. Caswell, A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Scott D. Huffstetler, Erin L. Kilgore, Michael D. Lowe, Zoe W. Vermeulen, and David M. Whitaker Late Tuesday afternoon, March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued guidance in the form of 14 questions and answers on the new COVID-19 leave act.   Here is the link to... Continue Reading... ....
  • COBRA and Coronavirus By: Brian R. Carnie, Chelsea G. Caswell, A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Scott D. Huffstetler, Erin L. Kilgore, Michael D. Lowe, Zoe W. Vermeulen, and David M. Whitaker Employees who experience a “COBRA-qualifying event” and would otherwise lose group health coverage are entitled to elect to continue their group health coverage under federal law – COBRA.  For those employers not covered by COBRA (who... Continue Reading... ....
  • Coronavirus Paid Leave Bill Passes House By Brian Carnie, Chelsea Caswell, Ed Hardin, Scott Huffstetler, Erin Kilgore, Michael Lowe, Zoe Vermeulen, and David Whitaker After midnight on March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, a 110 page, bipartisan coronavirus response bill.  The House approved the bill on a 363-40 vote and has President Trump’s support.  Included in... Continue Reading... ....
  • Congress Responds to the Coronavirus By: Brian R. Carnie, Chelsea G. Caswell, A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Scott D. Huffstetler, Erin L. Kilgore, Michael D. Lowe, Zoe W. Vermeulen, and David M. Whitaker Responses to the coronavirus that directly impact employers are making their way through Congress.  CBS and other news outlets are reporting on Congressional leaders’ negotiations regarding various measures... Continue Reading... ....
  • OK Boomer By A. Edward Hardin, Jr. “OK Boomer” is a common catchphrase, often used in the context of a younger person being dismissive of an older person.  The person on the receiving end of the quip may not be a “Boomer” per se (i.e., a member Baby Boomer generation), and should the recipient of the quip... Continue Reading... ....
  • The First of Three? DOL Releases Final Rule on Joint Employer Status By Chelsea Caswell On January 12, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a final rule updating and revising the DOL’s interpretation of joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2020, and its effective date will... Continue Reading... ....
  • Recent Department of Labor Audits a Good Reminder to Understand the Law and Follow Best Practices By: Louis M. Grossman In September, the Department of Labor imposed significant fines against two Louisiana restaurants for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The iconic New Orleans Cajun-Creole restaurant Jacques-Imo’s paid more than $55,000 in fines for violating child labor laws under the FLSA; Superior Seafood paid out more than $230,000 in... Continue Reading... ....
  • The Final OT Rules Are Out – Time For Action (Again)! By: Brian R. Carnie The wait is over for better or worse – the Trump Administration has released the Department of Labor’s final rule concerning changes to the salary requirements to be exempt from the overtime pay requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the final rule, the DOL has increased the minimum... Continue Reading... ....