The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) shows no signs of fatigue as it releases two new opinion letters on the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) within the first week of August. These opinion letters address the FLSA’s partial overtime exemption on a “work period basis” and the status of public agency volunteers. As we have previously advised, employers should read the WHD’s opinion letters carefully and consult with experienced counsel with any questions about their practices vis-à-vis WHD interpretive guidance.
Monthly Archives: August 2019
DOL Releases New Opinion Letters on FLSA Section 7(k) and Public Agency Volunteers Continue Reading…
Legislative Efforts to Curb Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry Finally Reach Fruition in Illinois
Earlier this year, we reported legislative efforts in Illinois to curb sexual harassment in the hospitality industry via Illinois House Bill 3551, which would require restaurants to adopt a sexual harassment policy and provide training to all employees. While that bill appears to have stalled in the House, similar requirements appear in Illinois Senate Bill 75 (titled the “Workplace Transparency Act”), which, after sitting on the Governor Pritzker’s desk for several months, was finally signed by Governor Pritzker on August 9, 2019.
Howard & Howard Celebrates Sesquicentennial Anniversary; Receives Milestone Award from Historical Society of Michigan
Howard & Howard celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in a celebration that took place on July 25 at the Firm’s home office in Royal Oak, Michigan. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and prizes during the afternoon celebration. Paul Keep from the Historical Society of Michigan was on hand to present Howard & Howard with a plaque recognizing its 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the growth and vitality of the state.
Ensuring prompt payment practices within the construction industry is important. Michael Murphy takes an expeditious look at the industry’s dispute resolution process adjudication.
Distributions from foreign trusts assessable under section 99B
The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has had a recent win in the case of Campbell v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 2043. In this case, Ms Catherine Campbell (Taxpayer) had received distributions from a New Zealand-based trust estate totalling $463,200 across the 2013 and 2014 income years.
The Taxpayer failed to return these amounts as income and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) held that the Taxpayer was in receipt of distributions from a foreign trust that are assessable pursuant to section 99B(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (1936 Act).
Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Recommendations, Reviews, and Testimonials (Part 1): What’s the difference?
In today’s guest post from Jaimie Field, she’s talking about the difference between reviews and testimonials, as part of a three part series that you’ll definitely want to tune in for.
Funds and financial products
APRA releases update to its responses to the Royal Commission recommendations
On 7 August, APRA released its updated plans in relation to specific recommendations in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
This week is Homelessness Week, which is an important opportunity to recognise the hardship faced by so many Australians who are currently experiencing homelessness across the nation. This annual event raises awareness for one of our country’s most pressing social issues, homelessness.
It’s Saturday morning and one of your employees has gone to the office to get a jump on the week’s work. Instead of being able to get to that work, the employee is faced with locked and inaccessible files, and an onscreen message that the files have been encrypted. The employee alerts IT and the front office. IT confirms what everyone suspects – it is ransomware.
Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Adrianna Agosta Nichol has joined the Firm. She will practice out of the Royal Oak office. She joins Howard & Howard’s growing Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group.