McDonald’s Fries Franchise Workers’ Claims, Lands Whopper of a Ruling for FranchisorsIn an important wage-and-hour decision for franchisors, Salazar, et al. v. the McDonald’s Corp., et al., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employees of one of the hamburger giant’s California-based franchisees were not jointly employed by McDonald’s Corp. and thus the franchisor, McDonald’s Corp., was not liable to the employees under California

Long Time Coming for Overtime Overhaul: DOL Issues New Exemption ThresholdToday, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule regarding the threshold amount of salary necessary to exempt an employer from the obligation to pay overtime. The threshold since 2004 was $455 per week or $23,660 per year. The new rule raises that level to $684 per week or $35,568 per