Kris Cato

About Kris Cato

As a Certified Labor and Employment Specialist, Kris provides day-to-day assistance to employers dealing with employment-related issued such as contracts, wage/hour issues, affirmative action, union avoidance and campaigns, employment contracts and non-competes, employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, and the FMLA. She conducts supervisory training on all these topics.

DOL Proposes New Rule Increasing Minimum Pay for Exempt Employees

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published a new rule it proposes to increase the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $35,308 annually ($679 per week) in order for an employee to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) “executive, administrative, or professional” exemption from [...]

By |2019-03-13T14:54:33-04:00March 13th, 2019|Labor and Employment Law|Comments Off on DOL Proposes New Rule Increasing Minimum Pay for Exempt Employees

New Law Provides Additional Protections for Pregnant Employees

The South Carolina General Assembly has passed a new law that requires employers to provide additional protections to their pregnant employees.  The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (the “Act”) was passed on May 17, 2018, and amends the current Human Affairs Law, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender (including pregnancy), religion, [...]

By |2018-06-22T10:13:02-04:00June 21st, 2018|Labor and Employment Law|Comments Off on New Law Provides Additional Protections for Pregnant Employees

Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of Overtime Rule Set for December 1

A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule set to go into effect this week.  The new rule, which increases the minimum salary required to be paid to white collar exempt employees to $913 weekly ($47,476 annually) on December 1, was preliminarily found [...]

By |2016-11-28T13:51:02-04:00November 28th, 2016|Labor and Employment Law|Comments Off on Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of Overtime Rule Set for December 1

USDOL Issues Final Rule Today on Salary Increase Requirement for White Collar Exemptions

In an earlier-than-expected announcement, the Obama administration today announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s issuance of its Final Rule updating the overtime regulations regarding salary requirements for employees that employers characterize as exempt under the “white collar” exemptions. Employers who characterize employees as exempt under the Executive, Administrative or Professional exemptions are now faced with [...]

By |2017-02-03T11:55:28-04:00May 18th, 2016|Labor and Employment Law|Comments Off on USDOL Issues Final Rule Today on Salary Increase Requirement for White Collar Exemptions

Does My Business Need a Substance Abuse Policy? If so, WHY?

Employers often wonder whether it is better to have more or less policies governing employee behavior. Many employers, especially smaller ones, feel that implementing policies may be difficult or harsh in a small environment. That may be true with certain policies. However, one policy that employers should definitely and seriously consider implementing is a Substance [...]

By |2017-02-03T11:55:28-04:00April 19th, 2016|Labor and Employment Law|Comments Off on Does My Business Need a Substance Abuse Policy? If so, WHY?
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