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The attorneys at Morningstar Law Group are leaders who are frequently asked to share their legal insights and expertise. Here is a sampling of the wisdom our attorneys are sharing at industry conferences, in published articles, and at continuing legal education events.


Increased Salary Thresholds for Exempt Status Expected April 2024

February 20, 2024

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that executive, administrative and professional positions meet a salary threshold (in addition to duties tests), to be considered exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA.  Highly compensated employees are exempt if they meet a salary threshold, regardless of their duties. In 2023, the United […]


Employment Law Alert: DOL Updates / Revises Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulations

May 13, 2024

The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated and revised Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations concerning exemptions from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees, resulting the expansion of overtime pay eligibility to more employees.  Final Rule – 29 CFR 541 What’s New?  To be considered non-exempt […]


Employment Law Alert: FTC Issues Long Awaited Final Rule on Non-Competition Covenants

April 26, 2024

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission issued its long-awaited final rule on non-competition covenants. Federal Trade Commission, 16 CFR Part 910 No New Non-competes: In short, the final rule is a comprehensive ban on new non-competes with all workers at all levels (including employees, independent contractors, interns, volunteers, etc.), effective 120 days after publication […]


John Kivus' Article on AI & Copyright Just Published by the UNC Journal of Law and Technology

April 8, 2024

The UNC Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) just published John Kivus’ detailed article Generative AI and Copyright Law: A Misalignment That Could Lead to the Privatization Of Copyright Enforcement. The article is a well-rendered deep dive into US copyright law, its recent history in the courts, and the complex implications of how generative AI can […]


FTC and DOJ Urge Exemptions from DMCA Restrictions

April 4, 2024

Copyright Law Update by Mitch Tuchman Chances are you know the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) from the widely deployed DMCA take-down notices that copyright owners use to remove putatively infringing content from the Internet.  Enacted in 1998, the DMCA is more, however, with provisions scattered throughout the Copyright Act (the “Act”) addressing many copyright […]


The Morningstar - March 2024 Edition

March 12, 2024

Featured Insight – Understanding the Benefits, and Pitfalls, of North Carolina’s System Development Fees While the development of real property creates numerous benefits for a community—from increased tax revenue to affordable housing to new business ventures—municipalities often are concerned about the possible burden new development may have on existing infrastructure. One way that the North […]


Employment Law Alert: USDOL Proposed Rule Adds to Employers' Q4 To-Do Lists

September 5, 2023

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its proposed rule raising the salary threshold required for employees to qualify as overtime-exempt, from $684 per week ($35,568 per year) to $1,059 per week, about $55,000 per year. Read the US DOL News Release HERE. Upon publication in the Federal Register, the notice of proposed rulemaking […]


Real Estate & Land Use Client Alert: NC Senate Decision Overrides Governor's Veto and Impacts Builders & Developers

August 31, 2023

On Wednesday, August 16, the North Carolina Senate overrode Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of HB 488. Of particular relevance to builders and developers, Section 9 of HB 488 mandates that the Building Code Council amend the North Carolina State Building Code to: This section became effective when it became law. Additionally, the bill overall aims […]


Employment Law Alert: Possible Change to US DOL Overtime Rule

July 21, 2023

Change: A new salary threshold for exemption from federal minimum wage and overtime requirements is likely to take effect late this year or early next year. The new rule is expected to increase the salary threshold for most exempt employees from the current level of $35,568 per year to somewhere in the range of $46,800 […]


For World IP Day, Partner Richard Caira Shares Thoughts on IP Challenges & Developments

April 26, 2023

What are the main challenges in the field of intellectual property law in the current global landscape? As the metaverse expands and becomes more prevalent in our society, it is important to approach the concept of it as being “real” from a legal standpoint. While the metaverse may exist in the virtual world and whether […]

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