NNHRA HR & Employment Guide

ISSUU SNMG Interactive, February 21, 2016

Employers are facing more wage and hour lawsuits than ever before.  Suits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) hit a record high in 2015, up 8% since 2014 and over 450% since 2000.  There is no reason to believe that 2016 will be any different.  In addition, the Department of Labor has announced that it will change the exemption standard with new regulations in 2016, expanding the FLSA and its overtime requirements to more employees than ever before.

The FLSA generally requires employers to pay a minimum wage and to pay overtime wages at a rate of one-and-a-half times their normal rate.  Employers rarely intentionally violate the FLSA.  Rather, the problem stems from confusion as to whether employees are exempt from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.  Certain technological and engineering jobs projected to flood the Northern Nevada economy may prove to be problematic for employers, where the line between blue- and white-collar is more blurry than ever before.

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