As we discussed in the November 2011 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, the New Jersey Department of Labor inadvertently omitted New Jersey’s long-standing inside sales overtime exemption when it adopted the FLSA’s overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees. On February 21, 2012, the exemption (covering any employee whose primary duty consists of sales activity and who receives at least 50% of his or her total compensation from commissions and a total compensation of not less than $400 per week) was formally restored.
As government officials at all levels continue issuing guidance on best practices for employers to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, some jurisdictions are taking the first steps to “reopen” their local economies. Before the coronavirus, employers were increasingly facing issues of religious accommodation requests to avoid influenza vaccines. As employees return to work undergoing temperature checks and possibly COVID-19 testing via swabs and blood draws, and healthcare professionals work to potentially develop a COVID-19 vaccine, employee religious accommodation requests will likely continue if not increase during this time of change.
Federal law will soon require employers to provide notice to their health plan participants, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and potentially even the media, following breaches of participant unsecured protected health information (PHI), under interim final HHS regulations set to be published in the August 24, 2009, Federal Register.
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