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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule That Increases Salary Threshold For Overtime Exemption Under The Fair Labor Standards Act Effective January 1, 2020
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September 25, 2019 via Laner Muchin
On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that will increase the threshold salary requirement necessary for employees to be exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

In most instances, the FLSA requires employers to pay an overtime premium to employees who work over forty hours in a single workweek.  The FLSA provides certain exemptions from overtime pay, such as for administrative, executive, and professional employees who are paid on a salaried basis (the so-called white collar exemptions).  The final rule makes a fairly limited, yet significant, set of changes to the existing requirements.

Under the DOL’s final rule, the standard salary level for exempt employees will increase from $455 per week to $684 per week, which is the equivalent of $35,568 annually (an increase from $23,660).  To meet this threshold, employers will be permitted to use non-discretionary bonuses or incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually to satisfy up to ten percent (10%) of an employee’s standard annual salary requirement.
Laner Muchin
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Americans Strongly Support Reforming Federal Law To Rein In Illegal Short-Term Rentals

September 11, 2019 via Lodging Magazine

Three in four Americans (76 percent) believe short-term rental sites should be held accountable for complying with local laws, and 73 percent support an amendment to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to stop companies, like Airbnb and HomeAway, from invoking the federal law to avoid compliance with state and local ordinances...
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Minor Vs. Marriott Lawsuit in Thailand Shows Risks of Chain Consolidation

September 9, 2019 via Skift

If successful, other owners, for one, may use the same arguments against chains in the event their properties are not performing.
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New Jersey Becomes First State To Require Panic Devices In Hotels
September 2, 2019 via Fisher Phillips

If you have operations in New Jersey, you need to immediately familiarize yourself with this new law and take compliance steps. And if you don’t have operations in the state or one of the other areas with such a law, you should still be aware of this trend, as it not only presents some concepts for best practices in a hotel setting, but may soon arrive in your own area.
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