Attorney Lars Anderson Speaks About the New Overtime Law
December 17th, 2016
| Lars H. Anderson
December 17, 2016 - Reprint from The Times Leader, By Sarah Hite Hando - DALLAS TWP. — What can employers do now that an injunction has been placed on the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions law?
“Sit tight,” says Attorney Lars Anderson, of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, who focuses on labor and employment issues.
Anderson recently spoke to the Wyoming Rotary Club about the law, where it stands now, and what employers can do to prepare for the change — if the law is passed.
The law, which would have changed the overtime regulation aspect of the FLSA, was set to take effect Dec. 1, but was blocked by a federal judge in Texas in late November.
The law would have enabled more workers to be eligible for overtime pay, or time-and-a-half on time after 40 hours within a work week, by raising the minimum pay for those exempt from overtime from $455 to $913 per week.
The current law that states a salaried worker can be considered one who earns $455 per week — or $23,660 per year — surprised some of the attendees.
“That’s low!” one audience member exclaimed.
Anderson said the Obama Administration estimates around 8 million people would be affected by the new law.
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Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania, 2015.
The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).
Attorney Joseph A Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania)
honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.