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In-depth: DOL issues proposed white-collar overtime rule; employment attorneys react

July 2nd, 2015

By Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D.
The Department of Labor on Tuesday, June 30 unofficially released its long-anticipated proposed rule to amend the FLSA’s overtime regulation (specifically, 29 CFR Part 541, the “white-collar” regulation, which defines the executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employee exemptions from overtime). The most significant change: The rule would more than double—from [Read more...]


Federal employee union sues OPM over cyberattack data breach

July 2nd, 2015

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The largest federal employee union has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management and its director and CIO over what the American Federation of Government Employees called “one of the most devastating cyberattacks in U.S. history.” The attack purportedly resulted in the compromise of the personal and security files of [Read more...]


Justices to determine the fate of public-sector ‘fair share’ fees

July 2nd, 2015

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The Supreme Court will take up the contentious question of whether state employees may be compelled to pay so-called “fair share” fees to public-sector unions. It’s a question that may be central to their very survival. It’s also a question that many expected the Justices to take up in the wake of [Read more...]


Hostile environment created by subordinates but tolerated by upper management actionable under Title VII

July 2nd, 2015

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
The Eighth Circuit has reversed summary judgment on an American-born African-American woman’s Title VII claim that a group of her subordinates, consisting largely of male, Somali-born immigrants, created a hostile work environment that higher level management allowed to persist by ignoring her complaints and denying her authority to fire at least [Read more...]


Comp plan amendment guts sales rep’s $1.5M commission

July 2nd, 2015

By Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.
Reversing a jury verdict awarding $1.5M to a computer support services sales rep for a commission he claimed he should have received, the Seventh Circuit found that the deal in question did not close until after the sales incentive plan of the company that acquired his employer went into effect, which [Read more...]