Reminder, Information is Not a Trade Secret if you do not keep it Secret!

We have posted in the past about the definition of “trade secret” and what an employer must show when seeking to protect “trade secrets from theft by former employees. Under Oregon law, a trade secret means information that (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or… Continue reading Reminder, Information is Not a Trade Secret if you do not keep it Secret!

DOL Issues New Overtime Rule

Today, the DOL finally issued a new rule that updates the “thresholds necessary to exempt  executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.”  Beginning January 1, 2020, the salary threshold for exempt employees will be $684 per week (up from $455 per week).  That means that   beginning January… Continue reading DOL Issues New Overtime Rule

Coming Soon – DOL’s New Rule on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay

The FLSA requires employers to include the value of certain kinds of perks, benefits and other items (“Extras”) in an employee’s regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime. This can create a mathematical and economic nightmare for employers where the Extras are provided periodically or at year end, requiring a retroactive recalculation of… Continue reading Coming Soon – DOL’s New Rule on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay

Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently proposed changes to Washington State’s overtime rules. Under the proposed changes, the minimum pay a salaried worker must receive to be considered exempt would increase incrementally to 2.5 times the state minimum wage by 2026. The first increase for most employers would take place July 1, 2020.… Continue reading Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules