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Labor Department Narrows Definition of Joint Employer

January 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a final ruling that narrows the definition of a “joint employer” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overturning the Obama administration’s broader view of the arrangements. Read more...

Ask the Hotline | Do Call-Center Employees Qualify for Sunday Pay?

January 28, 2020

One of the novel questions posed by this case is whether employees at a call center are subject to the Sunday premium-pay law traditionally associated with employees working in a retail store at a mall or in a downtown. Read more...

Two Court Cases Set Boundaries of Wage-and-Hour Laws

January 28, 2020

Two recent court cases establish that there are clear limits to when the Massachusetts wage-and- hour law should apply in response to employees claims of nonpayment of wages. Read more...

Ask the Hotline | W-2s for Paid Family Leave Contributions

January 13, 2020

Businesses will report contributions in Box 14 (Other) for Form W-2 and in Box 16 (State tax withheld) for Form 1099-MISC. The contribution line on both forms will read “MAPFML.” Read more...

US Changes Rules on 'Regular Rate' of Compensation

January 13, 2020

The US Department of Labor (DOL) released new rules late last year governing the specific types of benefits that are to be excluded from the “regular rate” computation. Read more...

Law Limits Government Contractor Questions on Criminal History

January 13, 2020

Congress included as part of the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act a new law that prohibits federal contractors that have openings for positions within the scope of federal contracts from inquiring about or seeking federal criminal history information from an applicant until after a conditional job offer has been extended. Read more...

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