On December 12, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Final Rule that clarifies and amends federal regulations concerning the regular rate of pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Many of the affected regulations date back more than 60 years, long before the FLSA was made applicable to the public sector.  

The post was authored by Lisa S. Charbonneau.

On March 5, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation, in which employee Hector Alvarado sued his employer under the California Labor Code for back overtime compensation under the theory that his employer had incorrectly calculated


Public employers often require employees to wear uniforms and the employers may reimburse employees to cover the cost of maintaining or replacing the uniforms.  Some employers provide employees more than the cost of maintaining or replacing the uniform, either in an excess of caution or as a form of additional compensation.  But providing uniform pay