DOL Opinion Letters Delve Into Pay Rate Math

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 5:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor released three new guidance letters on Thursday that each outlined the criteria by which employers can leave certain bonuses and contributions they make to workers’ life insurance programs out of the formula they use to calculate employees’ overtime pay.

The three opinion letters were authored by DOL Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. Such letters, which operate as general legal guidance but do not bind courts, are issued by the DOL in response to questions from individuals and employers affected by federal wage laws. They don't identify their recipients but provide circumstantial information about them....

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