A revision: What is the fate of the increase in the exempt level salary increase?

I wrote this post on April 10th. Since then there has been yet another change. The hearing on this is now delayed until June 30th. The Trump administration has pointed out to the court that the Department of Labor does not yet have a leader. Daniel Acosta has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. …

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This is the kind of business owner that cartoons lampoon and employees hate

Here is what happens when an employer engages in illegal wrongdoing with the Fair Labor Standards Act. They get fined $2 million! The guilty party The guilty party is a Mexican restaurant chain in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The owner was accused of the following, according to Erin Dougherty Foley and Craig Simonsen , of Seyfarth Shaw: …

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The Naked Truth about Independent Contractors

My guess is that most people picture the world of exotic dancers as a lucrative one. Apparently, that is not a good guess. In a lawsuit filed in December 2016 dancers in a Florida club alleged that the owners had improperly classified them as independent contractors and had not paid them either the minimum wage …

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Ignoring the minimum wage is a big deal!

With all the talk about minimum wage and minimum salary, a company ignores at its own peril their obligation to pay people the proper hourly wage. So Life Time Fitness found out. They were ordered to pay Corporate-wide back wages of $476,329 due to 15,546 employees at locations in 26 states. They had to pay …

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Is the Fight for $15 self-defeating?

As I write this the employees at O’Hare Airport are on strike in conjunction with multiple Fight for $15 rally’s spread across the country. Bolstered by support from unions, particularly the SEIU, workers are trying to get increases to $15 per hour. Is it working? Or are they shooting themselves in the foot? Who is …

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New posters required by the US Department of Labor

With all the changes going on in the government it should be no surprise that new posters have been produced. Minimum wage This has nothing to do with the new regulations going into effect on December 1, 2016 this year. This is actually the $7.25 minimum wage poster. It is new, and required, because the …

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Future Friday: The rise of conflicting trends

As we move into a new “generation” era I see conflicting trends arising in the workplace. The wants and desires of workers don’t mesh with the wants and desires that our government perceives we have. Individual identity is being subsumed into the collective. There is a desire for protection from the evils of the world, …

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Three excellent HR reads for Thursday

I could not think of any single topic to write about today, so I thought I would point you to three blog posts written by others that I thought you might find interesting. Jon Hyman – Winter is coming … for the FLSA’s salary test A very astute attorney, Jon Hyman, writes about the coming …

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Wage and Hour lawsuits are on the rise and costly

If you have had the misfortune to be at home during the week and you watched daytime television you have seen the many commercials for attorneys advertising their services. Mixed in with the car wrecks and workers’ comp commercials are now a good many ads for overtime or wage loss. Along with the press coverage …

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Is the Internet destroying the Outside Sales exemption?

With the tool of the Internet a lot of sales are conducted online. I know that I am solicited a lot by emails and phone calls. In the “old days” of sales a representative would come to you place of business,” knock” on your door and then make a pitch. These people were genuine outside …

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