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A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that the fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime, while compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act, violates Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”). The fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime permits an employer to pay a non-exempt employee a fixed, weekly salary, regardless of the number of hours that employee works. Overtime is then paid at 50% of the regular rate of pay, rather than 150% of the regular rate of pay. The regular rate of pay is calculated by dividing the fixed salary by the total number of hours worked in the applicable week. Using this method benefits employers whose employees typically work in excess of 40 hours per week.
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On March 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice’s amended Final Rule substantially revising and expanding the regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act will become effective. Compliance, however, is not mandated until March 15, 2012. Among other substantive changes, the amended regulations adopt the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which implement new accessibility guidelines for government facilities and commercial places of public accommodation. In addition, the amended regulations address numerous accessibility issues, including selling and issuing tickets to individuals with disabilities; accommodating service animals, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices; providing auxiliary communication aids; and making reservations in places of lodging.
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