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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Should a new minimum wage come with some education?

The push for a new minimum wage of $15 per hour is starting to gain some traction. Recently the state of New Jersey joined the small number of states and municipalities that now have a $15 per hour minimum wage. The new wage is not going to be enacted until 2024, so it does not …

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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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Five acts that violate the overtime provisions of the FLSA- again

I am still doing webinars on violations of the FLSA because employers still make these mistakes.  I spent an hour reading material on the many employers who make FLSA mistakes. Stop! Learn the correct ways! CNN Money published a list of the top 10 industries that violate the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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Do most employers engage in wage theft?

Are you an employer who pays employees for their work? Are you certain that you have accurately paid nonexempt employees for every minute they have worked? Are you certain that you have never incorrectly made a deduction from an exempt employee’s check when they didn’t work a full week? Well, congratulations if you haven’t, but …

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How much do you really trust the government?

The US Department of Labor is trying to become a much friendlier agency when dealing with employers, really they are. They have reinstituted opinion letters, where employers can reach out to the USDOL and get information about a situation, that handled incorrectly could result in a lawsuit. These opinion letters can then act as guidance …

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When minimum wage may not mean what you think it means

Under the FLSA the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Does that mean that no one can get paid less than that on an hourly basis, or is there another way to view this? Is paying less than $7.25 illegal? Two Xerox employees made claim they were being paid less than the minimum wage and …

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The US Department of Labor is not going easy on employers

Lest you think that a change in administration from Obama to Trump has softened the government’s stance on wage violations, let me give you some new release headlines to make you think differently. From the News Releases page on the DOL website: Chicago Restaurant to Pay $339,418 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department …

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Paying a salary does not alleviate the need to pay overtime: Another case of "bad" HR

A company learned the hard way that paying an employee a salary does not remove the obligation to pay for overtime if the employee is entitled to it. A restaurant in Akron, Ohio found this out the hard way and it ended up costing them $118,354 in back wages and damages, paid out to 21 …

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