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Sweeping Changes to FLSA 'White-Collar' Exemptions Are Imminent

Andrea M. Kirshenbaum | February 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is poised to release its proposed revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) so-called "white-collar" exemptions in the days ahead. Employers are waiting with baited breath for what is widely anticipated to have major financial implications for nearly all employers covered by the FLSA.

In-House Counsel

  • Data Is Talking, but Is Your Legal Department Listening?

    By Joy Saphla

    Data has a lot to say in today's world, if you know how to speak its language. Businesspeople have become highly fluent, but what about the legal department? Most legal professionals are still stumbling around like tourists in foreign capitals slowly thumbing through the guidebook of common phrases. By understanding what data has to say, legal professionals can collect and analyze information in order to support the underlying business (their clients) with smarter decisions. And this fluency leads to improved risk management and results.

  • The Legal Profession Needs More Givers Than Takers

    By Thomas L. Sager

    Those of us who are old hands at practicing law have much to learn from a brilliant young professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania about improving our industry's long-term outlook. Adam Grant—the youngest tenured professor at Wharton—has recently published a book titled "Give and Take," which is generating considerable buzz in the business world. He explores the types of interactions we have with others at work and illustrates how people who give without expecting any payoff can transform entire organizations and communities.

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Young Lawyer

  • 10 Things New Lawyers Should Know to Survive in the Courtroom

    By The YL Editorial Board

    Entering a courtroom or a judge's chambers for the first time can be a very daunting and nerve-wracking experience for any new lawyer. While good facts, a solid litigation strategy and persuasive arguments are the tools that will likely lead to a successful outcome for your case, it doesn't hurt to master those things that are within your control no matter how junior you are. Failure to remember these 10 basic survival tips may not cost you the case, but it could cost you your dignity.

  • How to Have a More Successful Career by Knowing Yourself

    By Dena Lefkowitz

    As Joseph Campbell said, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

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Business of Law

  • Suggestions for How to Work Smarter, Not Harder: Part II

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    The demands that are placed on those in the legal profession are often unrelenting. A common complaint is that there is little free time in many lawyers' lives. Moreover, even when attorneys are out of the office, work still looms in the background (at best) and is omnipresent (at worst).

  • Suggestions for How to Work Smarter, Not Harder: Part I

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    The American Dream was built on a foundation of hard work and that ethos still permeates our business world. In fact, if things come too easily, observers' eyebrows will be raised askance and even the doer may feel guilty due to not having broken a sweat.

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  • Who Decides Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel in Arbitration?

    By Abraham J. Gafni

    Litigating parties recognize that both res judicata (claim preclusion) and collateral estoppel (issue preclusion) apply not only to court decisions but to those of an arbitrator as well.

  • District Court Sanctions Attorney for Ghostwriting Expert Report

    By Will Sylianteng

    It has been less than one year since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court codified, via amendment of the civil practice rules, its holding in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital, 91 A.3d 680 (Pa.2014). In Barrick, an evenly divided court affirmed a ruling issued by an en banc panel of the Superior Court, and held that all communications between an attorney and his testifying expert were shielded from discovery by the attorney work-product doctrine.

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