On February 25, 2019, the United States Supreme Court remanded a case captioned Yovino v. Rizo to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Yovino, the Ninth Circuit held that a company’s utilization of a female employee’s prior salary as a factor in paying her less than a male counterpart violated the Equal Pay Act.Read more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated overtime rule, raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year. The rule will boost the standard salary level from $455 to $679 per week.
The FLSA requires employers to pay employees overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor released new opinion letters that addressed compliance issues related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division on how a particular law applies to a specific circumstance.
The newest FMLA opinion letter clarifies whether employers can let workers take paid leave in lieu of FMLA Leave.
Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on “sex.” The bill defines “sex” to include sex stereotype, sexual orientation or gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.Read more
On February 28, 2019, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct) introduced the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (the “FAIR act). The goal of this bill is to increase Americans’ right to seek justice and accountability through the court system.
If passed, the bill would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that force arbitration of future employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights disputes.