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Happy New Year! Changes Coming to MA Wage and Hour Law

As we enter the month of December, employers need to be aware of changes, and potential changes, coming to wage and hour law in 2019...
garding salary exemptions in March 2019. The DOL. Once the new rule is announced by the DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/happy-new-year-changes-coming-ma-wage-and-hour-law/

The Machinations of the Grand Bargain

Virtually all members of the Massachusetts business community are aware that new legislation was passed last week, which will have an enormous effect on most businesses. The new legislation, H.4640, was signed into law by Governor Baker on June 28, 2018. …
ciations would have likely spent millions of dollars combating the ballot questions without a https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/machinations-grand-bargain/

Federal Judge Stops Overtime Exemption Rule (for now)

Yesterday, in the matter of State of Nevada, et. al. v. United States Department of Labor, et al., a federal judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction stopping the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from implementing new regulations related to overtime exem…
DOLations while the lawsuit is pending.  The DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/federal-judge-stops-overtime-exemption-rule-now/

Royal, P.C. Sponsors the Seventh Annual Springfield Rotary Club Service Above Self Luncheon

On November 18th, the Springfield Rotary Club held its 7th Annual Luncheon honoring this years Service Above Self Award Recipients: Spencer Haywood and Susan Jaye-Kaplan.
John L. Doleva https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/community/royal-pc-sponsors-seventh-annual-springfield-rotary-club-service-above-self-luncheon/

Royal, P.C. Sponsors The Children's Study Home's 151st Annual Board of Director's Meeting

Royal, P.C. was proud to sponsor The Children's Study Home's 151st Annual Board of Director's Meeting. Click the "Read on" button to view photos from the event.
adolescents https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/community/royal-pc-sponsors-childrens-study-homes-151st-annual-board-directors-meeting/

Wage and Hour Law Compliance

On June 13, 2016, Royal, P.C. presented an informational seminar for the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/past-events/wage-and-hour-law-compliance/

Changes May Be Coming to White-Collar Overtime Exemption Rules

This year, the Department of Labor (DOL) is making some significant changes to the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees (white-collar workers) are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage …
DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/changes-may-be-coming-white-collar-overtime-exemption-rules/

Prepare Now for Proposed Changes to the White Collar Overtime Exemptions

This year, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) is making some significant changes to the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees (white collar workers) are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) minimum w…
DOLt or business operations.         The new DOL rule https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/prepare-now-proposed-changes-white-collar-overtime-exemptions/

DOL Announces Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

This week, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a proposed rule implementing Executive Order (“EO”) 13706, which was signed by President Obama last September and requires certain federal contractors to offer paid sick leave to covered employees. The…
DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-announces-proposed-rule-paid-sick-leave-federal-contractors/

Practical Tips and Strategies for DOL Compliance

If your professional resolution is to stay ahead of the tide of legal changes anticipated to take effect during 2016, this seminar is for you! Royal, P.C. was happy to present a roundtable-style discussion of the expected amendments to the white collar e…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/past-events/practical-tips-and-strategies-dol-compliance/

Practical Tips and Strategies for DOL Compliance

Royal, P.C. is happy to present a roundtable-style discussion of the expected amendments to the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and to provide you with advice on factors to consider when deciding whether to reclassify emp…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/event/practical-tips-and-strategies-dol-compliance/

DOL Focuses on Joint Employers

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an Administrator’s Interpretation addressing joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The memorandum provides a detailed description of the DOL’s standards for determining whet…
DOLandum provides a detailed description of the DOLindustries more generally.  Coupled with the DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-focuses-joint-employers/

Self-Audit of Independent Contractors a Good Resolution for the New Year

In 2015, we saw a significant increase of investigations into the misclassification of workers as independent contractors conducted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”). This increase was unsurprising, given Secretary Perez’s statement in December of 2014 …
DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/self-audit-independent-contractors-good-resolution-new-year/

Minimum Wage Goes Up In New England

Four New England states have raised their minimum wage as of New Year’s Day – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Massachusetts and Vermont is now $10 per hour. The minimum wage in Connect…
dollar mark.  If you have any questions about https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/minimum-wage-goes-new-england/

DOL Clarifies Lodging Credit for Live-In Home Care Workers

The Department of Labor has issued a new memorandum clarifying the circumstances under which an employer may credit towards wages the value of lodging provided to workers. This clarification is particularly relevant to employers of live-in home care work…
s incurred in furnishing the lodging. The DOL the DOL bulletin states that lodging provided to emp… the DOL will likely conclude that the lodging is pro https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-clarifies-lodging-credit-live-home-care-workers/

Changes on The Horizon – How the Proposed Amendments to the FLSA’s White Collar Exemptions Will Impact Your Organization

The Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act will impact nearly 5 million employees currently classified as exempt. How many of your employees will be impacted by this change? Royal LLP will present a …
DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/event/changes-horizon-how-proposed-amendments-flsas-white-collar-exemptions-will-impact-your-organization/

DOL Curtails FLSA Independent Contractor Exception

Just days after releasing proposed amendments to its regulations that will significantly limit the “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Department of Labor (DOL) released an Administrator’s Interpretation providing “gui…
DOLs Interpretation makes clear that the DOL the DOL focuses heavily on whether the worker perfor https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-curtails-flsa-independent-contractor-exception/

Proposed Amendment to FLSA Regulations for “White Collar” Exemptions

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which the DOL estimates will impact nearly 5 million employees currently classified as exempt who earn less than $50,440 annually.
DOL which the DOL estimates will impact nearly 5 million emplo… the DOL is seeking comment on this and other topics …hrough a period of public comment before the DOL issues final regulations.  Public comment is https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/proposed-amendment-flsa-regulations-white-collar-exemptions/

The In-Convenience of Work Smartphones

As employers are well aware, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that non-exempt employees be compensated for all hours worked. Determining what “all hours worked” means is not always easy, particularly with the widespread use of electronic devi…
DOL https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/convenience-work-smartphones/

DOL Extends FMLA Rights to All Same-Sex Spouses

As of March 27, 2015, all same-sex spouses will be afforded the same rights available to opposite-sex spouses under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under current Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, same-sex spouses are afforded the same right…
DOLsex marriage is recognized.  The new DOL regulations abandon the …e sex to be unconstitutional.  The change in DOL regulations allows all employees in legal https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-extends-fmla-rights-all-same-sex-spouses/

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