Do Individual FLSA Settlements Really Require Judicial Approval?

The U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has issued a decision challenging the common understanding that settlement of a minimum wage or overtime claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) always requires approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) or a court. On September 17, 2021, in Saari v. Subzero Engineering, case…

The 5 Step P.L.A.N.S. for a Positive Divorce: Weathering the Storm

“Feare no more the heate o’ th’ Sun, Nor the furious Winter’s rages.” – William Shakespeare As with any devastating storm, your divorce can often leave a path of destruction.  Feelings of helplessness and despair regularly take over.  Fear prevails.  Anger may ensue. Must it be this way? “NO.” Can you avoid it?  The answer…

Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Utah

Many of the clients who schedule initial consultations have not made the decision to divorce yet.  Often, the client or the client’s spouse has brought up the topic of divorce and my client simply wants to know what his or her options are in the event the couple decides to divorce. Here are answers to…

Federal Vaccine Mandates

September 10, 2021 Yesterday President Biden issued two Executive Orders and a COVID-19 action plan, in furtherance of a strong federal policy of increasing the number of Americans who are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Orders and plan rely largely on employers to implement this policy. The first Executive Order requires all federal agencies to implement mandatory…

COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

August 31, 2021 Employers in Utah and throughout our Country are faced with new and unique questions concerning COVID-19 and the workplace. For example, an increasing amount of employees are requesting to work from home due to potential COVID-19 exposure, particularly with the new infectious Delta Variant. Some employees are seeking remote work accommodations under…

Financial Planning in Divorce – The Family Home

“This being human is a guest house every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He maybe…

Alimony – To Pay or Not To Pay?

Next to child custody, alimony is the most hotly contested issue if you are divorcing in Utah.  Why? Because there is no formula or calculator to determine the amount of alimony.  Instead, alimony is based on multiple factors, which can be highly subjective.  In Utah, the primary purposes of alimony are (1) to get the…

A Checklist for Divorce Financial Planning

Ten Types of Documents to Gather When Considering Divorce Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  This may be true in life but is extremely damaging in divorce.  It is critically important that you take affirmative steps to understand and familiarize yourself with your finances when considering divorce.  You will…