WHAT IS YOURS IS MINE

RothLawGovernment Agencies, Lawsuits

A Chinese-American restaurateur wished to purchase a second restaurant.  For reasons that are not known but do not matter either, he decided to keep the down payment of $75,000 in cash at his place of business.  A federal agency found it during a routine inspection and decided that such an amount in cash had to be nefarious.  The Feds seized … Read More

STILL FIGHTING OVER WHO PAYS

RothLawAppeals, Government Agencies, Lawsuits

A few statutes provide that the prevailing party receives their attorneys’ fees back from the other side.  One would think that who wins in a lawsuit is self-evident.  But while that will often be the case, quirks, twists, and turns happen. Take a case that recently came out of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The EEOC had sued a trucking company … Read More

OVERTIME PART 2

RothLawBusiness Services, Government Agencies

Our last blog built on the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime to remind business owners of some basic principles, and warn of some pitfalls. A recent Supreme Court decision highlighted another set of shoals in the legal waters of Overtime Bay.  Once a company becomes subject to the Fair Labor Standard Act or FLSA, it has record-keeping duties … Read More

OVERTIME RULE CHANGES: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

RothLawBusiness Services, Government Agencies

It has been a couple of weeks since the Department of Labor finalized new rules for overtime compensation.  In our 24/7 news cycle, those changes stayed on the front pages for a couple of hours.  And yet, they will have repercussions for millions of employees and thousands of businesses. Impactful as those changes may be, most smaller businesses do not … Read More

ENDLESS OVERSIGHT (OR HOW BIG BROTHER IS STILL WATCHING YOU)

RothLawAppeals, Government Agencies, Lawsuits

Executive action is a hallmark of every administration, even more so in a divided government.  So it should be no surprise that 2015 was, and 2016 will be, buzzing with activity by administrative agencies.  The DOL proposed new overtime rules; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau changed rules for real estate closing and is considering going around Congress to limit some … Read More