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1st Circuit explains evidentiary standard for Title VII claims

Discrimination – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Rhode Island employers) recently overturned the dismissal of a former employee’s sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims against her supervisor, finding she presented sufficient circumstantial evidence from which a jury could find in her favor.

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School Districts May Not Charge For Summer School

G. Doe was a 9th grade student at Cumberland High School. At the conclusion of the school year, the school district sent G. Doe’s mother a notice, recommending that her son attend a summer school program to make up three credits in core subjects so that he could enter the 10th grade in the next school year.

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1st Circuit OK’s salary and commissions for nonexempt employee

It is generally understood that nonexempt employees must be paid overtime at 1½ times their regular rate for all hours worked over 40, but it is less well-known that employers can pay some nonexempt employees a salary and still comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by using the “fluctuating workweek” (FWW) method. The method allows employers to pay nonexempt employees a fixed salary for all hours up to 40 in a workweek and half-time for all hours over 40.

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Final FLSA Regulations To Be Published Soon

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, on March 14, 2016, delivered its proposed final revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget (OIRA).

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All in a day’s work: Do job duties nullify whistleblower protection?

Rhode Island’s Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits employers from discharging or otherwise discriminating against employees for making internal or external reports about unlawful conduct they know or reasonably believe has occurred or is about to occur. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Rhode Island employers) recently clarified how whistleblower protection operates if an employee is required, as part of her job duties or by applicable law or policy, to report unlawful conduct.

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