Employment Practices

On January 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new mandatory overtime rule went into effect, expanding overtime pay eligibility to up to 1.3 million workers. The new rule raises the salary threshold necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to $35,568. Under the …

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael Nutter, signed an amendment expanding Philadelphia’s 2011 Fair Criminal Standards Ordinance, also known as the “Ban the Box” legislation. This amendment further restricts the ability of employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background, if any. The original law prohibited employers (whether …

Earlier this week, the Georgia Supreme Court in Walker v. Tensor Machine, Ltd. [No.S151222, 2015 WL 7135149 (Ga. Sup. Nov. 16, 2015)] further clarified Georgia’s apportionment statute, a ruling that is favorable to the defense of personal injury actions. In 2005, Georgia’s legislature enacted the apportionment statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, …