Labor & Employment Dispatch: March 2019

March 28, 2019 | Newsletters


New Fifth Circuit Decision Upholds Independent Contractor Status for Directional Driller Consultants Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The boom for domestic energy producers, particularly in the Permian Basin, has been accompanied by the companion challenge of how to compensate transient oilfield professionals such as directional drillers. Get insights about the decision in Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling »

Fifth Circuit Reminds Practitioners of the Importance of Compliance With Appellate Notice Strictures When Appealing a Rule 54(B) Partial Judgment in a Case Involving Multiple Claims

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has provides a template for how practitioners can handle what they consider to be an improper Rule 54(b) designation of a partial final judgment at the district court. Discover the impact of Johnson v. Ocwen Loan Servicing on partial final judgments under Rule 54(b) »

Proposed Update to Exempt Employee Compensation Thresholds

The long-awaited revision to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations relating to salary and compensation thresholds were announced March 7, 2019, in the DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Read more »

A Deeper Look at Tax Reform’s Evolving New Game Plan for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act surprised tax-exempt organizations when it imposed a 21% excise tax on compensation in excess of $1 million and on certain ‘‘parachute payments.’’ Learn how Notice 2019-09, issued earlier this year, provides some relief in the parachute payment area »


Scott McElhaney Serves as Chair of Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees for 2019 »

Up and Coming: 34 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2019 ‘Super Lawyers – Rising Stars’ List »

Texas Lawyer: Real Estate Work Propels Jackson Walker Past $1M PEP Mark »