A year ago, employers across the country prepared for the implementation of a new overtime rule that would dramatically increase the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions, on the understanding that the new rule would soon go into effect “unless something dramatic happens,” a phrase we and others used repeatedly.
And, of course, something dramatic did happen—a preliminary injunction, followed by a lengthy appeal, which itself took more left turns following the U.S. presidential election than a driver in a NASCAR race. The effect was to put employers in a constant holding pattern as they were left to speculate whether and when the rule would ever go into effect.
The current status of the overtime rule is but one of several prominent issues to reckon with as wage and hour issues, investigations, and litigation remain as prevalent as they have ever been.
The articles in this edition of Take 5 include the following:
- The Status of the Department of Labor’s 2016 Overtime Rule
- Recent Developments Regarding Tip Pooling
- Mandatory Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements: Is a Final Answer Forthcoming?
- “Time Rounding”: The Next Wave of Class and Collective Actions
- The Department of Labor, Congress, and the Courts Wrestle with the Definition of “Employee”