The USDOL finally gives us the updated Overtime Rule!

I am been saying it since 2016 that the US Department of Labor would be issuing new rules for who was to be paid overtime and who was not. Since the Obama administration’s attempt to update the overtime rules was killed in 2016 we have been waiting for the Trump Department of Labor to administer …

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What exactly does “exempt” mean?

This is a fairly consistent question from employers today so I decided to rerun this post. There is an update at the end, however. The Fair Labor Standards Act tells us we have two types of employees, non-exempt and exempt. Unfortunately these terms are not very explanatory and people often get them confused. Let me …

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EVERYONE needs training on the Fair Labor Standards Act!

The Fair Labor Standards Act, also known as the wage and hour law, has been in the news a great deal lately. In at least five cases in the past week errors costing tens-of-thousands of dollars have been in the news. Employers are making mistakes on overtime payments, especially in calculating the “regular rate of …

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A lesson in overtime pay

Two employers learned a lesson in understanding the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA requires that non-exempt employees receive overtime pay based on their “regular of pay”. Unfortunately, many employers don’t understand that term. Regular rate of pay is not the hourly figure that the employee was hired at, it is, as …

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From the archive: Paying Employees During Bad Weather Closings

Weather snowstorms, such as the brutal cold bearing down on the US, have caused a number of employers to close. Here in Atlanta, the threat of a snowstorm caused the state government to close, as well as the City of Atlanta and other local governments. Many businesses also closed because of this threat. When that …

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Three for Thursday- Paying attention to the FLSA

The US Department of Labor is one of those agencies that have been fully funded during the shutdown. Their activity continues, thus it is important to not let your adherence to the FLSA lapse. My friend, Jon Hyman, publishes a weekly curation of articles he read and I use it as a source for things …

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How technology may alter your timekeeping

If you have been around in the working world, especially in a manufacturing or restaurant position, you are familiar with a timecard and punch a time clock. You show up to work, insert your time card, and it gets punched with a time stamp. Those timecards were the basis on which you got paid as …

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Revisited:Under the FLSA a late paycheck is as bad as no paycheck

With the current government shutdown, many employees have been furloughed. Others have been described as “essential” and are required to work for no pay, with the promise of getting all monies owed them when a new budget is authorized. It has happened in the past, as described below, but this time it is going to …

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Increases in minimum wages

Twenty-two states are increasing their minimum wage in 2019. Many of these are indexed to the cost-of-living and thus increase on an annual basis. Others may be due to a reaction to the “Fight for $15” movement of the last couple of years. Some states remain on par with the Federal minimum wage of $7.25, …

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Employers just keep messing up!

In the past month, there were multiple stories of employers messing up compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here are the stories: Alabama Installation Company to Pay $134,097 to 22 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Sacramento-Area Gas Stations Paying $45,957 to 40 …

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