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Carissa A. Townsend is an Associate in Vedder Price’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment group.

Ms. Townsend counsels and advises her clients on all areas of employment law in both state and federal court, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage/hour and wrongful discharge on claims involving single and multiple plaintiffs. She has extensive experience drafting and reviewing employment contracts, employee handbooks, non-compete agreements, severance agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its Final Rule on April 23, 2024, increasing the salary that an employee must earn in order to qualify for the executive, administrative, professional and highly compensated employee “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although the Final Rule will almost certainly face legal challenges and could be struck down, employers should still take the opportunity to evaluate and audit their employee exemption classifications in the event the new rule takes hold in July.Continue Reading DOL’s Final Rule to Increase Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions