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New Overtime Threshold, Same Classification Headaches

Human Resources | Properly classifying school employees as exempt or nonexempt is tricky. A new white paper helps clarify matters. The deadline for implementing the new overtime salary threshold — January 1, 2020 — is quickly approaching. Currently, nonexempt employees who earn a...


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DOL Expands Overtime Pay Eligibility in New Federal Rule

Human Resources | New salary threshold less onerous for independent schools than once anticipated. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a final rule under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will extend mandatory overtime pay to 1.3 million U.S. workers. Currently,...


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More States Join in Salary-History Ban

(From SHRM) Michigan and Wisconsin have passed laws that prohibit employers from asking job seekers about their salary history. They join 15 states and localities that have some form of prohibition against salary-history questions. Some employers and HR professionals are now opting for greater...


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College Administrators' Pay Bump Bigger than Faculty's

(from The Chronicle of Higher Education) A recent annual survey of higher-education administrators found that administrators got bigger pay raises than faculty members did in 2018-19. Salaries for administrators increased by 2.7 percent, a full percentage point above the overall median salary...


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More on Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

The Department of Labor has, once again, issued new proposed overtime regulations that would increase the salary level threshold for exempt employees to $35,308 per year ($679 per week). While this is an increase to the current salary threshold of $23,660 per year ($455 per week), the proposed...


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The More You Know: Wage/Hour Misclassification

Human Resources | Wage-and-hour claims are booming. From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine The following is an excerpt of the article "The More You Know," which covers nine additional topics (see box below). This information is provided for general educational...


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Department of Labor PAID Program: Amnesty Provision or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Human Resources | A careful self-audit of your wage-and-hour program may be a better step than inviting the DOL into your school for this program. By James E. Fagan, Offit Kurman James E. Fagan Principal, Offit Kurman In March, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S....


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Overtime Pay and Higher Ed: Who's Impacted?

(from CUPA HR) The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has issued a fact sheet clarifying certain issues with respect to how the "white collar" exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements apply to teaching and other common jobs in higher education. A notable finding in "Fact Sheet ...


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Pay Equity Gains Momentum

(from the Washington Post) A ruling Monday that employers cannot justify paying a woman less than a man doing similar work because of her salary history. The decision could further narrow the wage gap between the sexes. The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, sided with a...


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Justices Signal Liberal Interpretation of Overtime Exemption

(from Venable) A ruling this week by the Supreme Court provides a bit more clarity on the long-running dilemma involving whether to adjust salaries and schedules in the event of changes to the federal overtime rule. Specifically, Justice Clarence Thomas rejected the notion that exemptions under...