IAML Insights

April 05, 2019

Instead of my annual equal pay rant, I'll be positive. On April 2, I finally made as much money as men got during calendar year 2018. (Darn! I forgot to wear red!) In other words, it took me 16 months to earn what men earned in only 12 months. Pondering this sad state of affairs, I have hit upon the greatest idea ever. I want to be...

April 04, 2019

A little over six years ago, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer issued her edict (well, memo) kiboshing work-from-home arrangements, driving Yahoo! workers back to their desks and sending shock waves that reached far beyond affected employees.  Mayer’s mantra was that in order to be “one Yahoo!,” workers needed to be physically connected in the...

April 03, 2019

The fact-pattern is familiar to employers who have been on the receiving end of attorney litigation threats. A plaintiff’s lawyer calls, or writes a letter, outlining a potential claim by a client, makes a demand for damages, then perhaps throws in mention of the harm the company will suffer if the allegations become “public.” Just another run-of-...

April 02, 2019

Over the past week, the Department of Labor's announced proposals for significant (and much needed) regulatory updates to the definitions of "regular rate" and "joint employer".The DOL proposed an update to the definition of "regular rate" under the Fair Labor Standards Act.The proposal would permit employers to exclude the following from an...

April 01, 2019

Cue the music, please:  A tinkling piano in the next apartmentThose stumbling words that told you what my heart meantA fairground’s painted swingsThese foolish things remind me of you. “What kind of fool are we?”  Musing over Cole Porter’s immortal lyrics in today’s workplace may surely spur contact from a plaintiffs’ lawyer retorting...

March 28, 2019

By now you've likely heard that the Department of Labor announced its intent to increase the qualifying salary threshold for its white collar exemptions from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $679 per week ($35,308 annually).I'm here to tell you that this increase just doesn't matter.Why? Because for an employee to qualify as exempt,...