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Last December, the federal minimum salary for exempt employees was set to increase from $23,660 to $47,476. You may have heard that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas just struck down the ruling. This decision has most employers breathing a sigh of relief. However, we continue to monitor events, as the Department of Labor may appeal the ruling, and may also decide to raise the salary level.

There are some states, like

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Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman (either an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Two recent cases highlight the consequences for employers who are found in violation of pregnancy workplace laws.

A Florida employer was fined $100,000 for pregnancy discrimination. After receipt of an employment offer, the applicant inquired about

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With temperatures on the rise, employers have a duty to keep their employees safe when working indoors and outdoors. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. It is critical that employers identify the hazards of working in hot conditions and take steps to reduce the risk to their employees.

All employers who have employees working outside in high temperature conditions are advised to:

According to the California Court of Appeals, yes they are.

Recently, See’s Candy Shops found themselves in court defending their timekeeping rounding rules and grace period practices. The timekeeping system used at See’s automatically rounded employee in and out punches to the nearest one-tenth of an hour (every six minutes beginning with the hour mark).

Under a separate grace-period policy, See’s employees whose schedules have been

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School is almost out and graduates are looking for internships in order to gain valuable work experience. Employers may assume interns are unpaid employees. However, this may not be the case. Most interns are considered paid employees in the eyes of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

The DOL and DLSE uses the following six-factor test to determine the classification of a worker as an

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