Proposed Regulations on Non-Exempt Employees and Overtime Requirements

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published new proposed regulations on the classification of exempt workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which could dramatically affect overtime requirements starting in 2016. With the Wage and Hour Division of the DOL publishing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revisions...
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Employee DOL Guidance on 'Suffer or Permit to Work'

New DOL Guidance Highlights The Importance of Appropriately Classifying Workers As Employees, Independent Contractors: Broad Definition of "Employment" Means that Most Workers Will Be "Employees" Under the FLSA. Appropriate classification of workers is an important issue for employers, especially because the penalties for misclassification can be substantial. On July 15,...
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Employee Wellness Plans

On April 13, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed new rules regarding employee wellness plans and how employers may promote employee participation through incentives while remaining compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). See Amendments to Regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 80 Fed. Reg....
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Transgender Issues In The Workplace

With Bruce Jenner-the Olympic athlete and reality television star-recently announcing that she was transitioning into her female identity, Caitlyn, transgender issues have resurged in news and popular media. Now, more than ever, employers should be aware of laws and policies which may affect current or future transgender employees. To begin,...
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Miriam Van Heukelem Elected Shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2015) Miriam Van Heukelem was recently elected shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. Miriam is a member of the K-12 Education practice area. She provides public schools in Iowa with comprehensive legal representation. Miriam has worked on claims involving numerous kinds of discrimination and harassment...
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