NEW OVERTIME RULES: READY OR NOT, HERE THEY COME (MAYBE)

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We posted last summer a series of articles on the new overtime rules.  With those rules now going into effect next month (or perhaps not – keep reading), a short summary seems like a timely exercise. Florida has no overtime law of its own.  So many local business owners may feel unconcerned.  That would be a mistake.  Federal rules apply … Read More

CLEAR AS MUD

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From the early days of the Republic, it has been the province of the Judiciary – that is, ultimately, of the Supreme Court – to say what the law is.  Outside of constitutional questions, “the law” means the statutes Congress enacts.  And since those statutes are not always written with exemplary clarity or foresight, the results in Court are not … Read More

MAKING NOBODY HAPPY

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This past April, the U.S. Supreme Court published yet another opinion dealing with the Administrative State.  The number of opinions in that arena each year is testament to the pervasive role of administrative agencies in our nation today. This latest case involved the EEOC’s duty to conciliate in employment discrimination cases.  When the Commission finds than an employee’s charge of … Read More

BUSINESSES GROWING UP

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Knowing how much to pay your employees should be simple: hourly workers are paid time and a half for hours worked over 40; salaried employees are not.  Of course, it is not that simple.  Not all hourly employees are necessarily non-exempt (meaning they must be paid overtime) nor are all salaried ones exempt.  What is more, companies big enough to … Read More

THE NLRA’S INCREASING REACH

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Even small, non-union businesses in right-to-work states need to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Act (the NLRA).  While that law is primarily concerned with relations between employers and unions, it applies to non-union shops as well.  That is because, as we explained in a previous post, it also governs the right to organize a union where there currently … Read More