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Employers Take Heed: 1.2 Million New Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay Under New Overtime Rule

This week, the Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay.1 Under the new rule, most salaried workers who earn less than about $35,500 per year will be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay, up from the current threshold of about $23,700.2 The rule raises the "standard salary level" from the currently enforced level of $455 per week to $684 per week (which equates to $35,568 per year for full-year workers). Some employees, such as business owners, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and outside sales employees, are not affected by the new rule. 

Could your organization be liable as a joint employer?

Suppose you are a franchisor -- a company that sells franchises of its brand. If one of your franchisees violated federal labor law, would you be legally liable, too? Or suppose you are a staffing agency and your employees' rights are violated by one of your client companies. Is that company liable for the violations? Or are you?

Labor Department guidance simplifies employer tip credits

If your organization employs workers who customarily receive tips, you may have considered taking a federally authorized credit against some of their tips. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that all covered workers be paid at least $7.25 an hour, but tips can be counted toward some of the minimum wage requirement. Employers can use the tip credit to pay as little as $2.13 an hour to tipped workers as long as their tips make up the remaining $5.12 per hour.

Understanding FMLA provisions

If you own a business in Louisiana or work in the human resources department for a company, you will want to understand the various laws governing employment law. One of these laws is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Many people may be familiar with this law to some degree, but they may not realize that there are two important components to this law.

4 questions businesses should ask before making donations

Requests for charitable donations: they come in all shapes and sizes. From fundraising letters to door-to-door solicitations, your Louisiana business is bound to encounter them. However, here are four questions to ask before writing out a check:

Workplace posters: what businesses need to know

If you are starting your own business, you have plenty to think about. Tacking posters to the walls is probably not something that has crossed your mind – or if it has, it is likely at the very bottom of your list of things to do.

Employee training assistance for small businesses – Part 2

In a previous post, we introduced the Small Business Employee Training (SBET) program developed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. We talked about the benefits of the program, the type of training that is eligible for reimbursement, where training can be held and related issues.

Employee training assistance for small businesses – Part 1

Business owners face countless challenges on a daily basis, from complying with government regulations and developing working relationships with vendors to making investment decisions and collecting on debts.

Understanding trade names versus 'doing business as'

Names are inherently important, whether in personal life or in a corporate setting. Individuals have legal names on their birth certificates, but they may also have a wide array of nicknames by which they are known. Likewise, businesses typically have trade names, but they may also have a "doing business as" or DBA name.

Understanding disability discrimination laws

Discrimination based on a person's disability is simply unacceptable, no matter the details of an incident. Not only does this type of harassment threaten one's safety in the work environment; it can also inflict damage on a person's sense of security, mental health and well-being. Fortunately, there are specific laws that protect Louisiana workers from these harmful situations.

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