DOL Overtime Rule (Re-Visited)

Most employers are aware that the Obama administration’s attempt to increase the salary threshold for exempt employees was blocked in December 2016.  The failed rule sought to increase the required salary for exempt employees to $47,476 per year.  Labor Secretary Acosta has indicated that he supports raising the salary threshold and, since the summer of… Continue reading DOL Overtime Rule (Re-Visited)

More Info for Washington Employers: City of Seattle Minimum Wage Increases

Beginning January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for large employers within the City of Seattle (employers with 500 or more workers) will be $16.00/hr.   For small employers (employers with 500 or fewer employees), employees must be paid at least $15.00/hr. Small employers can pay an hourly wage of $15.00, or pay employees at least $12.00/hr.… Continue reading More Info for Washington Employers: City of Seattle Minimum Wage Increases

Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington State passed legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program last year. Under the law, eligible employees will be entitled to paid leave for up to 12 weeks for their own serious health condition or for family care, up to 16 weeks combined medical and family leave, and up to 2 additional… Continue reading Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

OregonSaves – 12/15/18 Deadline to Register for Employers with 20-49 Employees

Back in November we posted about OregonSaves, a program that Oregon adopted to force employees to save for retirement.  On December 15, 2018, employers with 20 to 49 employees who do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan will be required to register, provide employees with information about the program, and then begin making payroll deductions… Continue reading OregonSaves – 12/15/18 Deadline to Register for Employers with 20-49 Employees

Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement

According to a recent Oregon Court of Appeals opinion, non-compete agreements that fail to comply with Oregon law may still be enforceable as a covenant not to solicit. The case, Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP v. Henry, 293 Or. App. 471 (2018), involved an attempt by Oregon Psychiatric Partners, LLP (“OPP”) to enforce a non-compete agreement… Continue reading Oregon Court Gives Invalid Non-Compete New Life as Non-Solicit Agreement

No Pay Required at Wellness Fairs

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter on August 28, 2018, that certain “wellness activities” are not considered compensable work time.  Wellness activities such as attendance at wellness fairs, health screenings, and health coaching are not compensable work time provided attendance is not mandatory, the employer receives no direct benefit, and such activities… Continue reading No Pay Required at Wellness Fairs

Organ Donation = FMLA Serious Health Condition

Yesterday, the DOL issued an opinion letter addressing whether organ-donation surgery qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the FMLA.  Although an employee who donates an organ is in good health before the donation and affirmatively elects to donate an organ to help someone else, the DOL concluded that: “An organ donation can qualify as… Continue reading Organ Donation = FMLA Serious Health Condition

Oregon Equal Pay Act – Action Items for January 2019

Many of the operative provisions of Oregon’s Equal Pay Law go into effect on January 1, 2019.  As of that date, it will be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to: Discriminate in any manner between employees on the basis of an employee’s status as a member of a protected class in the payment… Continue reading Oregon Equal Pay Act – Action Items for January 2019

Changes to FCC Enforcement of Media Bias

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced administrative changes that give the FCC more enforcement potential for claims of media bias.  Enforcement activity was essentially moved from the media bureau to the enforcement bureau, which adds a teams of lawyers available for enforcement actions.  Media related businesses should contact legal counsel with questions regarding whether these… Continue reading Changes to FCC Enforcement of Media Bias