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 New overtime rule set to go into effect on January 1, 2020

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final new rule about overtime exemptions. The new rule goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and will potentially make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Alabama adopts equal pay law

Alabama generally has a reputation as being very favorable to employers and less protective of employees. The state adheres to the at-will doctrine of employment law more adamantly than most other states.

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Sexual orientation discrimination goes to Supreme Court second time

Update on Bostock and Zarda: On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision involving the Bostick, Zarda, and Harris Funeral Homes cases. The court held that an employer who fires a person merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII. The Harris Funeral Homes is discussed in an earlier blog post.

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New Overtime Rule 2.0 (2019)

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would make more than a million American workers potentially eligible for overtime. This eligibility would come about by changing the threshold for salaries that triggers the exemption from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Alabama law about firearms in the workplace

A business recently asked us about the Alabama firearms-in-the-workplace law, found at § 13A-11-90 of the Code of Alabama 1975. Concern about firearms in the workplace is certainly rational because of recent shootings at workplaces, as well as at places of worship and businesses.

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