Training Not A Highway to The Danger Zone

By Elizabeth Chilcoat When it was discovered that the perpetrator of the Orlando night club shooting was employed as an armed guard, negligence claims against his employer started rolling in. The plaintiffs alleged that the employer was negligent when, despite allegedly knowing about the perpetrator’s past terroristic threats, it gave him marksmanship training and helped […]

DOL says: Don’t Be Too Generous With Your Employees

By Beth Ann Lennon Thursday the Department of Labor (”DOL”) issued three new opinion letters, two of which warrant a quick note. One provided guidance regarding the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and the other addressed the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Both had the same ultimate takeaway – employer generosity easily backfires. Providing more […]

OT Exemption Threshold Salary: Take 2

By Bill Wright The news is everywhere: the DOL has issued its new proposal for the salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. Don’t panic – the announcement concerns a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The DOL still has to take public comments and prepare a final set of regulations. The proposal (this time) is […]

NLRB Body Blow: Union’s Lobbying Not Chargeable To Nonmember Employees

By Patrick Scully The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has ruled that unions cannot charge nonmember represented employees for union lobbying expenses.  Under the Supreme Court’s decision in Communication Workers v. Beck, 487 U.S. 735 (1988), nonmember represented employees can only be charged “representational fees” in states that permit ‘union security’ (compelled payment […]