Archives for May 2016

New FLSA Rule To Give Over Four Million Workers the Right To Overtime Pay

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) sets the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and other standards for employment across the nation. Though states may expand those rights and provide greater protections for their citizens, the FLSA sets the baseline standard that all employers (both public and private) must adhere to.

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor finalized a long-awaited new FLSA rule which will increase the overtime pay protections for many workers who are classified as “white collar” exempt. Specifically, the new rule increases the minimum salary and compensation levels needed to classify Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer employees as exempt by:

  • More than doubling the minimum salary cutoff for exemption from $23,660 annually (or $455 per week) to $47,476 annually (or $913 per week); and
  • Establishing an automatic raise in that minimum salary level every three years to account for inflation.

The new rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016 (with the first automatic raise scheduled for January 1, 2020) and will require employers to either increase current exempt employee salaries in order to maintain their exempt status or convert those employees to hourly workers covered by the overtime laws. It is estimated that the new rule will extend overtime pay protections to over four million workers within its first year of implementation.

For more information about your rights to overtime compensation, and a free case evaluation, please call us at (619) 342-8000 or contact us online.

Haeggquist & Eck Attorneys Among Nominees For National Association of Woman Business Owners “Bravo” Awards

Two Haeggquist & Eck partners have been nominated for the National Association of Women Business Owners’ annual “BRAVO” awards, the firm announced today.

Amber Eck is among the nominees for NAWBO’s Woman Business Owner of the Year award, while Alreen Haeggquist was nominated for the Women’s Advocate of the Year accolade for her work representing women in wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has served since its inception in 1975 as the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States. The annual BRAVO awards honor the accomplishments and contributions of entrepreneurial women who are leading the way in their local business communities. Local award winners will be announced on May 18 at NAWBO’s annual award luncheon, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Cape Rey Carlsbad, 1 Ponto Road in Carlsbad, Calif.

To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or call (619) 342-8000 today!

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