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Fewer Employees Will Qualify as Exempt From Federal Overtime Laws Under New Rule

Fewer Employees Will Qualify as Exempt From Federal Overtime Laws Under New Rule

Last summer, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary requirement for workers to qualify as exempt from federal overtime rules. The DOL recently finalized the rule, which will go into effect on December 1, 2016. The DOL estimates that 4.2 million workers will now be eligible for overtime pay as a result of the changes. Federal law requires employers to pay employees time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek….

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San Francisco Becomes First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco Becomes First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

Earlier this week, San Francisco became the first city to require private employers to provide paid parental leave to their employees. The law is the first of its kind; no other federal, state, or local law requires employers to fund time off for parents to care for a new child. California is one of a few states that already provides some paid leave to parents taking leave after the birth or adoption of a child. However, the pay is partial…

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EEOC Files First Lawsuits for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

EEOC Files First Lawsuits for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two lawsuits against a Pennsylvania employer and a Maryland employer for sexual orientation discrimination. The EEOC’s actions are not too surprising, given its recent decision in July of 2015, in which it held that discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation was illegal sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC’s decision is seen as controversial by some, as federal courts have historically found…

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EEOC Proposes to Add Pay Data to EEO-1 Reporting Form

EEOC Proposes to Add Pay Data to EEO-1 Reporting Form

As part of its role enforcing antidiscrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gathers information about workplace demographics in the United States. Employers with 100 or more employees are required to submit an annual report, called the EEO-1 report, providing information about the race, ethnicity, and gender of the company’s employees in certain job categories. At the end of last month, the EEOC announced a proposal to add pay data to the EEO-1 report, in an effort to enforce…

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Minimum Wage Increases in the New Year

Minimum Wage Increases in the New Year

With the start of the new year, the minimum wage has increased in several states. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25; this is the lowest hourly amount that employers can pay employees in the United States. However, if a state has a higher minimum wage, the employer must pay the higher amount. Likewise, if a city or county has a higher minimum wage than the federal or state rate, the employer must pay the higher amount. As of January…

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