by Meghann F. Kantke, Esq.
New regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act () are now in effect, and they mark a significant change in federal wage-and-hour rules—and how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces them. The new regulations, which went into effect in May, were created to make consistent with changes driven by other applicable federal laws.
Be mindful of these new regulations and the additional burdens they impose.
Use of employer-provided vehicles
According to the revised regs, the time an employee spends commuting to work in an employer-provided vehicle is not “incidental use of the vehicle”—and therefore, noncompensable—when use of the car is “within the normal commuting area for the employer’s business ... and the use of the employer’s vehicle is subject to an agreement” between employer and employee. However, the DOL declined to give any guidance or examples to clarify what...(register to read more)