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New Overtime Salary Threshold May Be Dropping

  • May 2, 2016
  • Wage & Hour
  • Grant T. Collins

After months of preparing for the new salary threshold for overtime exemption, we hear the threshold may drop a bit and that all of the new exemption changes may now be enacted in a matter of weeks. ...


Employer Zapped For Work Comp After Laser Tag Injury

  • Apr 25, 2016
  • Workers Compensation
  • Brad R. Kolling

The employees fired the laser guns but it was the employer who felt the jolt. Rosemount, Inc. held a special employee recognition event consisting of dinner, bowling and laser tag. Those who attended were paid for ...


Driving an Essential Function? Job Description is Key

  • Apr 19, 2016
  • ADA
  • Dennis J. Merley

If an employee drives to meet with clients for most of the average work day, is driving considered an essential function of the job?  Perhaps not, said one federal appeals court. Whitney Stephenson was a ...

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New Guidance on Affordable Care Act and Federal Contract Laws

  • Apr 14, 2016
  • Employer Mandate
  • Michael G. McNally

The Department of Labor has now provided long-awaited guidance on how the employer shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the “employer mandate”, interacts with fringe benefit requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service ...

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Court Weighs in Against Obesity as ADA Disability

  • Apr 12, 2016
  • ADA
  • Dennis J. Merley

The Federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to recognize obesity as a covered disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They did acknowledge, however, that obesity could be considered a disability if it is caused ...

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Judges and Teens Agree: Eye Rolling is Not Harassment

  • Apr 7, 2016
  • Discrimination
  • Dennis J. Merley

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (which hears Minnesota cases) has rejected an employee’s claim that she was unlawfully harassed because, among other things, management rolled their eyes at her and acted exasperated when she walked by. ...

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You Could Be Liable for a Contractor’s Overtime

  • Apr 4, 2016
  • Wage & Hour
  • Dennis J. Merley

Citing the expansive definition of the term “employ” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued an Administrative Interpretation stating that a company may be considered a “joint employer” ...


New Persuader Rule Hampers Employers

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • Labor Law
  • John C. Hauge

On March 24th, the U.S. Department of Labor published its controversial amendment to the so-called “persuader” rule.   The DOL’s final version of revisions to the rule will be effective starting July 1, 2016, and purports ...