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DOL Ruling Requires Home Care Employers to Pay Overtime
Jun 29, 2016

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a much-publicized ruling from the D.C. Court of Appeals, sending a clear message that companies which provide in-home caregivers to assist independent living are no longer exempt from receiving overtime pay. Aviva Kamm explains what that means to these employers.

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8 Tips for Effective Workplace Investigations
Apr 25, 2016

A prompt investigation into an employee complaint about a colleague will build employee morale by reinforcing your organization's commitment to equal employment opportunity. Aviva Kamm explains that investigating and responding appropriately to the complaint can also provide the employer with a complete defense to any claims of discrimination.

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Will Your Tipping Policy Land You in Court?
Mar 03, 2016

On February 23, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled in a long-awaited decision that the Department of Labor can regulate the tip pooling policies of employers around the country. Aviva Kamm and Krista Nelson explain the ruling's impact on employers.

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Should You Pay Workers for Travel Time?
Sep 11, 2015

Nonproductive time, such as break time for piece-rate workers and travel time, is getting increased scrutiny from Washington employees, employers and courts. Aviva Kamm explains the guidelines for when employees should be paid and provides practical tips for employers.

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Department of Labor Plans Overtime Overhaul
Jun 30, 2015

This week the U.S. Department of Labor issued proposed regulations that would broaden overtime pay to raise the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemption to $50,440 per year, with the anticipated result of making nearly 5 million more people eligible for overtime who are currently exempt.

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