The SEC Wants to Look at Your Severance Agreements (and more)….

Employment

Publically traded companies that are subject to the Dodd-Frank Act should be aware of recent compliance actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The ‘Securities Whistle Blower Incentives and Protection’ section of Dodd-Frank was adopted in 2011, but just last month the SEC issued a compliance warning after initiating a cease-and-desist action against one company.  […]


Ironic? Obama Appointee Stops New Overtime Rule

Employment

Surprise! On November 22, 2016, Federal Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction against the new Department of Labor Overtime Rules.  Scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, the new rules increased the salary basis necessary to classify employees as exempt from being paid overtime.  To be exempt, employees must meet BOTH the salary […]


Does the NLRA Protect “Negative Attitudes” in the Workplace?

Employment

On November 3rd, a former employee of Trader Joe’s filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board Regional Office in New York for violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Trader Joe’s alleged unfair labor practice?  Firing an employee who had been repeatedly warned about his overly negative attitude.  This Trader Joe’s store is […]


New Overtime Rule Released by the Department of Labor

Employment

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor released the long anticipated final regulations regarding the exemption from overtime pay. What you need to know: New rule raises the salary threshold from $455/week and $23,660/year to $913/week and $47,476/year – (estimated by DOL to affect 76,000 workers in Washington State and 4.2 million in the […]


FMLA Guide for Employers

Employment

Employers who want a quick guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act can access the newly published “Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act”, which is available on the DOL website. Chock full of the Department of Labor’s interpretation of the FMLA, this 76 page manual is a pretty basic reminder on […]


To Our Federal Contractor Clients

Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor recently published the proposed regulations to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 that established paid sick leave for Federal Contractors. As you’ll recall, the Executive Order requires federal contractors and subcontractors to provide employees with not less than 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked on […]