New DOL Rule Requires Employers to Act

By Bobbie Fox
Associate General Counsel
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

No doubt you have heard about the Department of Labor’s Final Rule effective Dec. 1, 2016 raising the compensation required to qualify for a “white collar” exemption (executive, administrative, and professional) from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per year. What does that mean? It means that if you have an employee that you consider to be exempt from overtime under a white collar exemption, and he or she makes less than $47,476 per year, you need to act in order to keep the exempt status. Continue reading

The ‘Going-and-Coming’ Rule Limitation

Gurtler v. Industrial Commission, (Court of Appeals, Division One, Published Opinion, Filed 7/28/2015)

The issue in this case is whether a trip home is within the course and scope of employment when the employee makes a brief business detour that her employment did not require.

The applicant worked as an assistant auditor for the City of Scottsdale. While driving home from work in her own car, after making a brief business detour to drop off a Continue reading

Launching The Black Chamber of Arizona Statewide


Kerwin BrownBy Kerwin Brown
President & CEO
Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 data, African-Americans in Arizona owned 6,330 firms in 2002 with more than 530,000 average gross receipts and 6,530 paid employees. The information came from the most recent statistics available from the Minority Business Development Agency, Western Regional Office for the U.S. Black Chambers. Continue reading