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The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finally announced its proposed new rule for overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL’s Thursday announcement proposes to increase the salary threshold to $35,308 per year, an increase from $455 to $679 per week. This blog previously covered the stops and starts of the Obama-era DOL to set an even higher salary threshold of $47,476 (read here and here). The new proposed rule also changes…
As the longest government shutdown in history has come to an end, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released guidance for employers faced with upcoming EEO-1 submission deadlines and responding to charges of discrimination filed during the government shutdown. For 2018 EEO-1 submissions, the EEOC announced that it has postponed the opening of the EEO-1 survey until early March 2019 and that it will extend the deadline to submit EEO-1 data until May 31,…
Nowadays we are constantly bombarded with news of events that arouse our political views. Social media both perpetuates these events and provides a platform for virtually anyone to express their social and political views. Political views are often visible to coworkers, including management and supervisors who have the discretion to make termination decisions. What difference might this make for South Carolina employers? South Carolina statute S.C. Code §16-17-560 makes it a crime to “discharge a…
We recently highlighted the “Act to Establish Pay Equity,” which was spearheaded by the SC Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN). WREN is also supporting the “South Carolina Lactation Support Act” that expands upon the Pregnancy Accommodations Act by providing nursing employees with the right to break time and private space to express milk in their workplaces. A key provision of the Lactation Support Act is that it would…
Join us for our 2019 Employment Law Series where HSB’s Employment Law team will present a complimentary one-hour breakfast session each month on key employment law topics. Each seminar will provide a detailed update on the important issues and trends impacting South Carolina’s employers. Presentations will be live-streamed to our offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville each month so you can attend in the city of your choice. Chris Gantt-Sorenson will kick off this year’s…
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd announced that veteran labor and employment lawyer Lisa R. Claxton has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Greenville office. Lisa has extensive experience investigating, researching, analyzing and advising businesses on complex employee relations issues. She represents businesses in employment litigation before federal, state and local regulatory agencies in matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate and wrongful termination. She is also experienced in governmental law, having established Spartanburg…
South Carolina’s Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) spearheaded two pieces of legislation, a pay equity act and a lactation act, for the South Carolina 2019 Legislative Session. “An Act to Establish Pay Equity,” was announced in a press conference held at the Statehouse on Monday, January 14, 2019. Legislators intend to introduce the bill this week. The “South Carolina Lactation Support Act,” bill 3200, was introduced on January 8, 2019 with…
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held public listening sessions on October 30, 2018 to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, the 2016 “Overtime Rule.” Sessions were held in Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, Kansas City, MO, Denver, CO, Providence, RI, and Washington DC. A review of the actual transcripts reveals that many different interests presented comments, including human resource professionals, small business, nonprofits, employees, employers,…