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DOL Announces Pay Thresholds for Overtime Exemption

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule regarding the salary threshold for exemption from overtime, raising the salary threshold to $684 per week ($35,568 annually) versus the previous $455 per week ($23,660 annually) amount that has existed since 2004. The effective date is January 1, 2020, meaning that employers must ensure that exempt employees’ salaries meet this threshold by the new year or transition them to non-exempt status with eligibility for overtime. More >

Minneapolis Employers: Here Are Your New Obligations Under the City’s Wage Theft Ordinance

On August 8, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council joined the state of Minnesota in requiring wage notices. The ordinance—which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to any employers who have an employee who works at least 80 hours per year in the city—parallels the state wage theft statute in several respects, but also creates several new obligations. More >

10 Insurance Questions Personal Transportation Manufacturers Should Ask About Their Coverage

In our recent article, "10 Questions Personal Transportation Manufacturers Should Answer Before Selling a New or Redesigned Product," we identified areas that should be addressed before a new product goes to market. One of the areas we highlighted was the importance of purchasing the right insurance for your business. In conjunction with experienced insurance broker Brandon Schuh, who specializes in product liability policies for new and developing products, we offer the following 10 specific insurance questions you should be able to answer before you start selling your new or redesigned product. More >

What Employers Should Note about OSHA’s Phase 4

OSHA’s Standard Improvements Project Rule (Phase IV) was published in the May 14 Federal Register and is intended to remove or revise “outdated, duplicative, unnecessary and inconsistent requirements” in the agency’s safety and health standards.  This is the fourth review of this ongoing effort.  The goal is to “reduce regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health and improving privacy protections." More >