Delos Santos on crucial loss to UST: It wasn’t for us

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University head coach Shaq Delos Santos didn’t take long in explaining his team’s disappointing loss to University of Santo Tomas Saturday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws were in dire need of wins if they wamted to go the semifinals and UST took that all-important win in four sets, 17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21, and improved to 7-4.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES EJ Laure, though, had other plans and scored her 20th point and stopped the Lady Tamaraws’ advance.Delos Santos said the Lady Tamaraws he saw on the floor didn’t come out like they wanted to win such a crucial game heading into the Final Four.“I know if they want to play well but that wasn’t the team we saw and expected today,” said Delos Santos. “Now we have to win our remaining three games if we ever want to get to the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT Final 4-bound La Salle still wary of upcoming foes, says Dy Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We were just off today, everything we expected to happen in the game never happened,” said Delos Santos as his team slipped to 5-6 and stayed at sixth seed with the elimination round winding down.READ: UST bolsters Final 4 bid, blasts FEUFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I guess the win wasn’t for us.”FEU had a chance to extend the match to a fifth set after scoring six straight points to cut a 24-15 deficit to 24-21. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Conclave…

first_img…of coalition comradesThe long-awaited meeting of the Executive Council of APNU finally met for the first time in TWO years – in effect, the first time since they slid into office. Your Eyewitness wondered who were invited to this conclave of the much-touted “terrific ten” that had launched their “coalition” back in 2011. There would’ve been, of course, the PNC, the WPA, the National Front Alliance (NFA), the Guyana Action Party (GAP) and the Justice for All Party (JFAP).But were the other five political parties and civil society groups that brought their membership to ten invited? Such as the Guyana People’s Partnership (GPP); Guyana National Congress (GNC) and the Guyana Association of Local Authorities (GALA) respectively. Your Eyewitness couldn’t even remember the other two names or find them on his trusted browser. But apart from the WPA, what can the other “partners” in APNU say? They’re just happy to get a squeeze – especially now that Prezzie’s confirmed that each of the five “parties” mentioned gets a Ministry. Can, say, Keith Scott even get a watchman’s work at the Ministry of Labour on his own?Then there’s the question of what might’ve been discussed. While the WPA has gotten quite a lot of stick about its street cred following its miserable performance back in 1992, its brain trust did take common positions on issues confronting Guyanese even though they were mostly scattered in the developed economies. (Well, for those of you, Dear Readers, who just had a snide thought, please remember that it took millions to keep Gandhi in poverty!) And they HAVE tried valiantly to remind the PNC – ever so gently – about their commitment to racial and political unity in dear, old mudland.But the Roopnaraine caper is quite interesting for any number of reasons. Was it discussed at the conclave that even though the man is sick, Prezzie hasn’t allowed him to fade gracefully into the sunset? Why isn’t any other executive capable of replacing him? Is it because he was the chief architect of APNU along with Robert Corbin. Or perchance, even before, with Desmond Hoyte?After all, he was quoted back in 2012 that APNU actually was hatched back a decade earlier – in 2002. Isn’t that strange? At that time, Hoyte’s strategy of “mo’ fyaah, slow fyaah” was unfolding; the Mash Day breakout had been executed; the five Freedom Fighters for Africans were settling down in Buxton and had chased out Eusi Kwayana. A number of WPA stalwarts had written a famous letter “Not in our name”, denouncing the Buxton-based bandits’ attacks on innocent Indian citizens.Who from the WPA was setting the stage for APNU? Roopnaraine?…and constitutional interpretationThe Bar Association had joined the petition to the High Court – as a “friend of the court’ – to interpret Article 161 (2) of the Constitution on the  GECOM Chair fiasco. Having received the Judgment,  they’ve just announced they “expect” Prezzie to accept the ruling. Your Eyewitness isn’t so complacent.After all, he was pretty clear in his response: “The Chief Justice gave an appointment based on her perception of the law and I will continue to act based on my perception of the Constitution…”. But that’s the whole point of the CJ’s decision, isn’t it? Prezzie, or no one else can’t just act in whatever way they PERCEIVE the Constitution to be interpreted. So, can you interpret Article 149A: “Everyone has the right to work”, to mean you can start working at anybody’s place of business and sue the owner when he doesn’t pay you?Sure you can – but it’s the Court that’ll have the last word if you’ll get a penny. Prezzie doesn’t seem to accept that!…of accomplicesA wounded bandit from Grove who’d escaped from the GPHC was found hiding in a barrel at a house in Agricola. Why Agricola? If your Eyewitness “tell it like it is”, he’ll be “profiling”!last_img read more

Caddies come to blows at Aussie Open

first_imgThe incident took place before Thursday’s opening round of the OneAsia co-sanctioned event at The Lakes course in Sydney.“On Thursday a physical altercation took place between two caddies just prior to their groups taking to the golf course,” tournament director Andrew Langford-Jones said in a statement.“PGA Tour of Australasia officials met the caddies and their respective players immediately after their round to clarify details of the altercation.“Having spoken with those involved, there is still a need to speak with a number of other individuals who may be able to provide further information on the incident.”The clash was reportedly sparked by an altercation between the men at a city casino on Tuesday night and tensions boiled over in front of other players and spectators on Thursday.Leishman, who is the only Australian to win a USPGA tour event this year, later insisted that Nitties’ bagman was to blame.“I don’t think me or Matty have got anything to worry about,” Leishman said Friday.“I was there and he (Kelly) didn’t do anything.“He stood there, copped what he got and didn’t do anything apart from that. I was proud of him, to be honest.”Langford-Jones said an inquiry was underway.“To be fair to everyone concerned we need to let our inquiry go through the correct process in line with the PGA’s regulations, however we will endeavour to reach an outcome by the end of next week,” he said.“The PGA Tour of Australasia and our members in no way condone this behaviour, and we are saddened the incident has drawn attention away from this great tournament.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia December 7 – Two caddies have come to blows at the Australian Open in an incident local media described as ‘Caddy Whack’, organisers said on Friday.Tournament officials did not identify the warring parties, but reports named them as Grant Buchanan and Matt Kelly, the respective bagmen of Australians James Nitties and Marc Leishman.last_img read more

Redknapp quits as QPR manager

first_imgHowever, his announcement came just a day after QPR chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted there would be “no more cheque book” at the relegation-threatened west London club as the January transfer window closed Monday.Veteran English manager, Redknapp, 67, had repeatedly said he had the full support of Malaysian businessman Fernandes, the founder of the AirAsia budget airline, amid reports his position was in jeopardy with QPR currently second-bottom in the table.Head of football operations Les Ferdinand, the former QPR striker, has taken temporary charge ahead of this Saturday’s league match at home to Southampton as Fernandes seeks a permanent replacement for Redknapp.“Sadly, I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks,” said Redknapp, who arrived at Loftus Road in November 2012, in a club statement.“It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 percent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.“My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success,” the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur manager added.“I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.“I have had such a fantastic time at QPR. I would like to thank the Board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support.”Renowned for his dealings in the transfer market, Redknapp had long argued he needed to do significant business in the latest transfer window if QPR, who’ve won just five league games so far this season, in order to help the club beat the drop.But Fernandes appeared to call a halt on Monday’s final day of the January window when he tweeted: “No more cheque book. We have good players. Bought all the players manager asked for in summer. Our players not mercenaries. Good guys.”Despite those comments, Fernandes said Tuesday he was parting on “good terms” with Redknapp as he accepted the manager’s resignation.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge,” said Fernandes in QPR’s statement.“We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”QPR, with only Leicester below them in the table, are one point shy of safety and a favourable result against Southampton, another of Redknapp’s former clubs, could see them climb out of the bottom three.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, February 3 – Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, saying his impending knee surgery would otherwise dent the club’s battle to stay in the English top flight.last_img read more

Top teacher keeps kids interested in academics

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesOne is Dorei Galvan, who is entering her junior year at Highland High School and had Hearons as a teacher in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. “I just think she’s a wonderful teacher. The way she taught me has inspired me. When I moved onto junior high school, I was expecting a teacher like her but didn’t find one,” said Galvan, 15. “There’s nobody like her. The way she teaches makes you want to learn. … You want to go to school. She makes everything not like a contest, but you want to compete with other students. “You want to be in first place and do things. She gave rewards. Every time we were off track (between sessions), we would return, and there would be a whole new different theme in the classroom – Lewis and Clark, the rain forest.” Galvan said she helps in Hearons’ fifth-grade classroom at least once a month. “I always enjoy being with her. Just her presence makes me happy,” Galvan said. PALMDALE – When the Palmdale School District’s Teacher of the Year started teaching 38 years ago, she made $8,000 a year and worked a second job at J.C. Penney to support herself. Nancy Hearons was the first in her family to graduate from college. “It was always assumed that I would go to college. There was no question if I was going to go,” said Hearons, 60, of Palmdale. Hearons came to the Palmdale district in 1979 and has been at Yucca School ever since, long enough to have students who are the children of former students. Many former pupils return to help in her class. Hearons grew up in Anaheim as the oldest of three daughters of an aerospace worker and a school bus driver. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in humanities with a minor in speech from Biola University in La Mirada. She wanted to teach because she enjoys working with children. “I like the fact that you can have an impact on children’s lives, both academically and just trying to help them become responsible citizens,” Hearons said. The job has become more difficult, Hearons said. Some parents don’t take responsibility the way parents used to do, and teachers seem to get blamed for everything, she said. Hearons also serves as a leader in the Gifted and Talented Education Program and advises the Science Olympiad Team, the history club and the science club. Hearons’ husband, Richard, is a cement finisher. They have six children and three grandchildren. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liquids pose terror threat

first_imgRobert M. Blitzer, a former FBI terrorism official now at ICF International in Fairfax, Va., said the bureau had worried for more than 15 years about the possibility of liquid explosives on airliners. “We were very concerned about any form of explosive material, including liquids and gels,” he said. But after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, worries about solid explosives became the main concern. Given that, it is not surprising that terrorists turned to liquids in this latest plot, said Jimmie C. Oxley, an expert on the chemistry of explosives at the University of Rhode Island who has advised federal officials. “It was not seen as the threat,” she said. “Now that the terrorists have staked out our vulnerabilities, that’s where the threat has gone, and we’ll have to respond.” But, once new equipment gets into airports to lessen the threat of liquid explosives, Oxley said, terrorists will “look for the next vulnerability.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of the hundreds of types of explosives, most are solid and only about a dozen are liquid. But some of those liquid explosives can be readily bought, and others can be put together from hundreds of different kinds of chemicals that are not hard to obtain. A memo issued by federal security officials about the new plot highlighted a type of liquid explosive based on peroxide. The most common peroxide explosive is triacetone triperoxide or TATP, which is made from two liquids: acetone, the primary ingredient of most nail polish removers, and hydrogen peroxide, commonly used as an antiseptic when diluted. TATP, which can be used as a detonator or a primary explosive, has been used in al-Qaida-related bomb plots and by Palestinian suicide bombers. TATP itself is a white powder made up of crystals that form when acetone and hydrogen peroxide are mixed together, usually with a catalyst added to speed the chemical reactions. But there is no need to wait for the crystals. Acetone and peroxide is “an exceedingly reactive mixture” that can be easily detonated by an electrical spark, said Neal Langerman, president of Advanced Chemical Safety, a consulting company in San Diego. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Acetone is easy to obtain, hydrogen peroxide somewhat harder. The hydrogen peroxide solution sold in pharmacies is too dilute, only 3 percent, to be used in an explosive. Stronger hydrogen peroxide of 30 percent concentration can be ordered from chemical supply companies, but concentrations strong enough to generate a powerful explosion, about 70percent, are not readily available, Langerman said. But acetone mixed with a 30percent peroxide solution could still set off a fire that might burn through the aluminum skin of an airliner and cause it to crash, Langerman said. “All of them are highly energetic,” he said of the various chemical combinations. “It doesn’t take much to punch a hole in the side of a plane, and if you punch a hole in the side of a plane, the plane comes down.” In theory, scientists know how to detect peroxide-based explosives. The challenge will be to design machines that can perform the scans quickly and efficiently on thousands of passengers passing through security checks. “It will not be easy as the swab tests we are using for nitrogen compounds right now,” Langerman said. Other common liquid explosives, like nitroglycerine and nitromethane – the fuel of dragster race cars – contain nitrogen compounds, so it may be possible to adjust current scanning machines to detect them. last_img read more

DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY!

first_imgA NUMBER OF Donegal’s best-loved pubs and clubs aren’t letting the recent weather get them down – they’re bringing back Christmas in the middle of January!The Orchard Inn complex in Letterkenny will be laying on festive music, turkey and ham dinners and all the trimmings for anyone who missed out during the Big Chill.The so-called ‘Christmas Party Weekend’ kicks off next Friday night, January 7 – and continues the following night. The festive four course meal costs €19.95 per person and includes free entry to the Vibe Nightclub! (The Christmas Party hotline number is 91 21112 if you fancy more stuffing!).They’re not the only ones keeping the festive spirit alive however.The Silver Tassie Hotel have also set aside two extra Christmas Party nights – on Saturday January 8th and Friday January 14th.A candlelit drinks reception, four course dinner and music by Hudson Blue is on offer for €29.95 per person (tel 91 25619). DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY! was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spencer baseball falls to Iola-Scandinavia in WIAA Division 3 baseball sectional semifinal

first_imgRockets finish season with 11-10 recordBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCRIVITZ — The Spencer baseball team’s run toward the state tournament ended Tuesday with a 12-2 loss to Iola-Scandinavia in a WIAA Division 3 spring baseball sectional semifinal.Iola-Scandinavia (17-6) went on to upset No. 1 seed Coleman (24-3) 6-3 in the sectional final to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in school history.The 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Championships will be held June 13-15 at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, near Appleton.Spencer, which reached the sectionals for the first time since 2013, ends its season with an 11-10 record.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img

New office to ensure quality health care

first_imgThe National Health Amendment Bill has paved the way for the establishment of a new independent body, the Office of Standards Compliance, to ensure that South Africa’s hospitals and clinics comply with minimum health standards.The office will also advise the Minister of Health on the development of standards, norms and quality management systems for the national health system; inspect and certify health establishments as compliant with prescribed norms and standards; and monitor indicators of risk as an early warning system relating to breaches of standards. (Image: OHSC)Brand South Africa ReporterThe release of the National Health Amendment Bill has paved the way for the establishment of a new independent body, the Office of Standards Compliance, to ensure that South Africa’s hospitals and clinics comply with minimum health standards.All health care centres, including private ones, will have to get accreditation from the office.The establishment of the office follows the government’s commitment to improve the quality of health care in South Africa’s public health facilities and to strengthen the country’s health system through enhanced accountability.Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Pretoria this week that the office would ensure that complaints received from health care users or the public were properly and independently investigated.The office will also advise the minister on the development of standards, norms and quality management systems for the national health system; inspect and certify health establishments as compliant with prescribed norms and standards; and monitor indicators of risk as an early warning system relating to breaches of standards.Unannounced inspectionsMotsoaledi said the office, once established, would be divided into three units: an inspectorate, an accreditation unit, and an ombudsman to handle public complaints about poor services.“We will go to the institutions unannounced to monitor if the standards are being carried out, and with the ombudsman, members of the public should be able to share their experiences in the health centres,” Motsoaledi said.The Bill proposes that the office be headed by a qualified executive director and supported by competent personnel, including health inspectors, who may enter any health premises to inspect compliance with the standards.Motsoaledi said the office would also pave way for the implementation of South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI), as the provision of quality care would be one of the core requirements of the NHI.Improving quality of health careMotsoaledi has previously expressed his disappointment with the level of health care in many of the country’s public hospitals, and has, through his performance agreement with President Jacob Zuma, committed himself and his department to improving the situation.The department has identified six priorities for fast-tracking improvement, namely safety and security, long waiting times, drug availability, nursing attitude, infection prevention and control, and values of staff.Members of the public are invited to submit their comments on the proposed establishment of the Office of Health Standards Compliance. The draft Bill is available on the health department’s website, www.doh.gov.za.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Proposed DOL 2015 Overtime Rule Changes in Minimum Salary

first_img1.       The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary;2.       The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. This means that only certain deductions are permitted from the employee’s pay for time not worked and no deductions are permitted based on the quality or quantity of work; and3.       The employee’s primary duty must be exempt in nature.The DOL proposed changes are to #1. They have asked questions about #3 (which we will address in another post) and left #2 alone (at least for now).What are the changes being proposed to the minimum salary?[Jonathan] Currently, the minimum salary is $455 per week for most white collar positions. No minimum salary is required under federal law for some positions, such as medical doctors. Note: a minimum salary may be required under state or local law, even where not required under federal law.Under the proposed regulations, the minimum salary will be equal to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried employees as determined by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That amount is projected to be $970 per week in the first quarter of 2016, more than double the current minimum salary.Plus, the minimum salary will be indexed ‘to guard against the erosion’ of the salary threshold. The DOL has suggested two options for indexing, inviting comment on the different approaches. Option one would be to increase the minimum salary so that it remains at the 40th percentile. The second option would be inflationary increases.What do you think the rationale is for proposing automatic adjustments to the minimum salary?[Jonathan] The reason for the proposed automatic adjustment is, as the DOL has said, to ‘guard against the erosion’ of the minimum salary requirement. Although the proposed increase itself is quite substantial, to be fair, the reality is that the minimum salary from 2004 is extremely low relative to today’s labor market.On the other hand, the proposed automatic adjustments may be too much for some employers too afford. The DOL sometimes does not appreciate fully how businesses work. If the number is too high, an employer simply may convert the employee from exempt to non-exempt and not permit overtime.The DOL has suggested that the employee still ‘wins’ even if  this occurs, because they may have more time off. The DOL entirely misses the employee relations aspect of this change.Most employees are dedicated, hardworking and take pride in their jobs. Some are upset when they feel their value is reduced because they are reclassified as non-exempt. When some employees were reclassified in 2004, the last time the regulations were modified, we saw this phenomenon take place in many workplaces.Rather than automatic increases, I would hope the DOL would consider periodically proposing increases. That’s why submitting comments to the proposed regulations is so important. None of us knows what the future will bring. What if there had been an automatic minimum salary increase in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession?Why should employers care about the proposed changes to highly compensated employees (HCE)?[Jonathan] It is important to remember the highly compensated employee is not a separate exemption. Instead, if an employee is a highly compensated employee, under the current regulations, it is easier for him or her to meet the primary duty test.Currently, the minimum salary for a highly compensated employee is $100,000 / year. The proposed change would increase the minimum salary to the 90th percentile of weekly earnings of full-time salaried workers. Under current statistics, that would be $122,148 annually.This is a considerably smaller increase than the increase in the minimum salary: approximately 22 percent compared to more than 100 percent. Of course, the DOL has proposed that this amount be subject to automatic adjustments, too.How important will this increase be? Well, I hate to sound like a lawyer, but ‘it depends.’ It depends on what happens to the primary duty test, because the higher level of compensation is relevant only to meeting the primary duty test. More on this issue in the next post in this series on the DOL’s proposed changes.What is the impact of the proposed changes on state or local laws?[Jonathan] It is important to keep in mind that employees always get whichever is better for them under federal, state or local law. So no matter what the DOL does or does not do, employers still must check to see if there are any areas where state or local law imposes additional requirements or restrictions.What should employers be doing now in light on this action?[Jonathan] It is really hard for the employer community to plan until we know what the DOL will do with the primary duty test. If the DOL implements or proposes changes to the primary duty test so that it is quantitative rather than qualitative, then employers are going to need to re-evaluate an even larger universe of positions.More specifically, the DOL has asked whether it should adopt the California approach—the employee must spend more than 50 percent of his or her time performing exempt duties. If the DOL were to adopt this approach, I am not sure it will mean more money for employees. There actually could be less money available after employers pay lawyers to defend the inevitable flood of legal challenges that a percentage requirement all but invitesFor now, employers should focus only on cost issues associated with the proposed minimum salary increase. Employers will need to assess whether they can pay the minimum salary to employees below the minimum knowing that the minimum will keep increasing. In this regard, it is important to note the final number could be the proposed number or it could be lower or even higher. Let’s not forget that back in 2004 the final number for highly compensated employees was higher than initially proposed by the DOL.But, even if an employer can make the necessary minimum salary increase, whether it should may depend on what happens with the primary duty requirement. That’s why this is so frustrating—we don’t know whether and what changes the DOL will propose, if any, with regard to the primary duty requirement, the subject of our next blog post.Many thanks to Jonathan for sharing his knowledge. If you’re interested in keeping up with this topic, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law or read his blog at Duane Morris. As he mentioned, we have another post in the works on the primary duties test. Stay tuned for more on this important change. On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The changes are significant and fall into two categories: salary basis and primary duties test. This post will focus on the minimum salary part of the proposal. We’ll address the primary duties test in a separate post.  To help organizations sort this out, I’ve asked Jonathan Segal, a partner with the firm Duane Morris LLP to share his knowledge of the subject. Please remember that Jonathan’s comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, they should be addressed directly with your friendly local labor attorney.Jonathan, let’s start with a little refresher. Currently, what are the requirements for an employee to be exempt under one of the FLSA’s white collar exemptions (such as, administrative, professional and executive)?[Jonathan] An employee must meet three (3) requirements:last_img read more