Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: "Salary Threshold" for Exempt Employees Raised

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited final regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements. The new rules become effective December 1, 2016. The major changes, discussed in more detail below, include: An increase in the salary threshold for "white collar" administrative,...
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Open Meetings Law Update

On March 18, 2016, the Iowa Supreme Court majority opinion in Hutchison et. al v. Warren County adopted a new standard for determining when a "meeting" occurs under Iowa's Open Meetings law. Prior to this ruling, a bright line rule existed for determining when a "meeting" was subject to the...
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SEC MCDC Initiative/Issuer Settlements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has already entered into settlements with 72 underwriters as part of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. The SEC now has started to contact issuers who may have made an MCDC filing and then will contact issuers who did not make an MCDC...
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2015 Affordable Care Act Reporting is Delayed

The IRS has good news for many employers. IRS Notice 2016-4 extends the due dates for applicable large employers and other reporting entities to file 2015 information reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Large employers are still required to file information returns and otherwise comply with the ACA,...
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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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