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COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor Issues Guidance and Congress Considers Paid Leave

March 18, 2020

HSB's Employment Team continues to monitor the latest developments with COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace. The current version of the COVID-19 Relief Package being considered in Congress contains mandatory paid sick leave and expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since the proposed bill changes by the day, we will not summarize it here but continue to update this blog when it passes.

Breaking News: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Raising Salary Thresholds

September 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor released a final rule today providing that employees who make less than $35,568 are now eligible for overtime pay.

President Trump Nominates Scalia to Department of Labor

July 30, 2019

President Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to head the United States Department of Labor. Scalia will replace Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who stepped down amid controversy. Mr. Scalia will have to be confirmed by the United States Senate before officially taking office.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Joint Employment

April 12, 2019

On April 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Key Takeaways from the Recent Overtime Rule Listening Sessions

November 28, 2018

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held public listening sessions on October 30, 2018 to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, the 2016 “Overtime Rule.”

DOJ and DOL Combine Forces to Combat Employment Discrimination Against U.S. Workers

August 21, 2018

On July 31, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement that sets guidelines for inter-agency collaboration to combat suspected employer non-compliance with immigration laws. The agencies have agreed to share resources, including records, and education and training where necessary, and refer cases to one another when an agency learns of employer non-compliance.

Key Takeaways from Our 2017 Employment Law Seminars

January 23, 2018

Perry MacLennan, Chris Gantt-Sorenson, Denny MajorHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd recently hosted our annual Employment Law Seminars across South Carolina. These complimentary seminars educated Human Resource professionals on recent employment law updates and changes.

Are Unpaid Interns Employees Under the FLSA?

January 10, 2018

On January 5, 2018, the United States Department of Labor announced that, going forward, it would utilize the “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether interns are employees under the FLSA, consistent with recent rulings from appellate courts.

Is Post-Accident Drug Testing Still Legal?

February 14, 2017

Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a final rule that (1) made explicit the requirement that employers have a reasonable procedure for their employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and (2) made clear that employers cannot retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries. 

It’s Here: Final Rule on Overtime Announced Today

May 18, 2016

After much anticipation (as discussed previously on our blog here), the final rule regarding the salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, professional and outside sales and computer employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act was announced today. 

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