USDOL Timekeeping App: Better Watch For It

I participated in a webinar today about the FLSA and breaks and meal times. I have written about this before (see Breaks, Meal Times and the FLSA) so I am not going to repeat that information. In the discussion we were having I mentioned that employers needed to pay attention to recording break times because their employees …

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Holiday Pay for the 4th of July

It is the day after the holiday. So I thought I would answer a question I often get asked regarding if employees have to be paid for a holiday. The answer is, as often occurs in HR, “it depends.” Here is what it depends on: In the private sector under the Fair Labor Standards Act if …

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Small Business HR: Yes There Are A Lot of Laws You Must Comply With

I help small businesses on a daily basis deal with human resources issues. I also teach the fundamentals of human resources to classes that often include small business managers. Both my clients and my students are often shocked and many are dismayed at the number of laws that they have to comply with to be …

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The USDOL Arms Employees With a New Timekeeping App

First there was the “We Can Help” program. Then there was the hiring of 250 new Wage & Hour investigators. More recently there has been the “Bridge to Justice” program which matches people who file complaints with plaintiffs attorneys. Now the US Department of Labor has released a smart phone application that allows employees to …

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Under the FLSA "Oral" Complaints Count

All employers know that employees grouse or complain about something in their job and/or the company on a daily basis. Sometimes we feel those complaints go overboard and we lable the employee as a “complainer” and end up helping the employee find work more suited to them, if you get my drift. Sometimes, actually often, …

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Unpaid Internships Are Possible, If You Jump Through All the Hoops

I had an interesting conversation with a fellow named Matthew Zinman. Matt is an entrepreneurial sort who has started a number of businesses around INTERNSHIPS.  He is passionate about the value of internships to companies and to the intern. Having  worked at a company where we used interns I also know the value of the …

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FLSA Scenarios: How Well Do You Know the Law?

This past week I had an opportunity to attend an Employment Law seminar conducted by the law firm of Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP. I have been a couple of times before and last year did a post about the session, Lessons in Ignorance: The Intersection of FMLA and Workers’ Comp. What I like about …

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Independent Contractor Safe Harbor Now a Minefield

Yesterday I listened to a webinar put on by the law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. There were multiple topics, but the one part that most caught my attention was conducted by attorney Tracie Johnson Maurer. Her topic was Status of the Independent Contractor Employment Tax Forgiveness under Section 530 of the Revenue Act …

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