Epstein Becker Green Featured in “Wage & Hour Head Under Fire at Epstein Becker Briefing”


Epstein Becker Green’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice was featured in Law360, in “Wage & Hour Head Under Fire at Epstein Becker Briefing,” by Braden Campbell. The article discusses the perspectives presented at the firm’s 35th Annual Workforce Management Briefing, which featured differing views on recent developments in labor and employment law. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

David Weil, administrator for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and author of a controversial rule that more than doubles the threshold for exempting workers from overtime pay, was in the lion’s den Tuesday at Epstein Becker Green’s annual workplace briefing in Manhattan.

Speaking to hundreds of labor attorneys, HR managers and legal department executives, Weil made the case for his agency’s rulemaking minutes after U.S. Chamber of Commerce labor law policy executives Marc Freedman and James Plunkett finished lambasting much of his work. …

Epstein makes a point of giving its conference guests an opportunity to hear from the source why an administration is acting the way it is. Speakers at past events have included then-U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor M. in 2014 and senior counselor to the secretary of labor, Sharon Block, last year.

That Tuesday’s lineup offered two diametrically opposed takes on wage-and-hour rulemaking will only make attendees more knowledgeable, Garland told Law360.

“We thought, today, having in a sense a debate between the business community through the Chamber and the administration through Weil would be helpful for a greater understanding of what the issues are and how they’re playing out in Washington,” Garland said.