Author: Samantha Yurman, JD

Contrary to unfounded rumors, the Department of Labor (DOL) did not provide an exception in the new final rules for nonprofit organizations. In fact, the DOL clearly stated, “There are no changes to the rule that provides relief for nonprofits. Neither the FLSA nor DOL regulations provide an exemption from overtime requirements for nonprofit organizations.”…

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a final rule amending the white collar overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016, increases the threshold salary for the exemption to $913 per…

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DFTA) was signed into law (and became effective) on May 11, 2016. The act takes effect immediately for all employers and applies to any act that occurs on or after the date of enactment. The DFTA generally provides immunity for an employee’s action that would have otherwise constituted trade secret…

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule addressing conflicts of interest in retirement advice. The new rule requires those who provide retirement investment advice to abide by a fiduciary standard and put their clients’ best interest before their own profits. The rule also prohibits fiduciaries to plans, plan…

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As 2015 winds down, we reflect on the many legal changes that occurred in 2015 and that will shape the coming year. Many laws that are key to and essential for the workplace are set to change in 2016 or are in the legal spotlight. ThinkHR recently presented a webinar hosted by Samantha Yurman, attorney…

Who Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill (SB) 327 in regard to California health care employees. What The governor signed CA SB 327 making meal period waivers for health care employees (in California IWC Wage Orders No. 4-2001 and No. 5-2001 § 11(D)) valid and enforceable. The intent behind the waiver is to allow…

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, which raised the minimum hourly wage for workers working on or in connection with covered federal contracts to: 1) $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2015; and 2) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by…