Whistleblower Policies

With all of the news concerning whistleblower complaints by federal employees regarding certain actions originating in the oval office, I thought that it is a good time to review the whistleblower protections that apply in the general employment setting (i.e. non-federal employment). The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 covers federal government employees who report theContinue reading “Whistleblower Policies”

So what’s happening with the FLSA revisions?

On March 7, 2019 the US Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would make more than a million more U.S. workers eligible for overtime under the federal Wage and Hour regulations known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The details of the proposed rules are summarized at the DOL website. The biggest changeContinue reading “So what’s happening with the FLSA revisions?”

Independent Contractor (IC) Classification

In a recent DOL Opinion Letter concerning service providers (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, etc.) who are referred to potential customers (an “Angie’s List” type of rating and referral agency), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Dept. of Labor (USDOL) concludes that the service providers are not employees of the rating and referral agency; theyContinue reading “Independent Contractor (IC) Classification”