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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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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From the Archive: In case you think recording employee time is not important, think again!

Recent news items about recording employee work time have prompted me to republish this post from earlier this year. Try not to make these time recording mistakes. In my consulting practice, I run across companies occasionally that are somewhat lackadaisical in keeping track of the time their employees are working. Often this comes from another …

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FLSA Follow up

As a follow up to my post yesterday about the FLSA turning 80 years old last month, I decided to look at some of the big cases involving the FLSA. Perusing the US Department of Labor newsroom here is what I found: S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Oklahoma Restaurant …

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Eighty years of the FLSA and companies still screw it up

Two things struck me as I was reading today. First, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been around for 80 years now. You would think that every business course would cover this law, every book on entrepreneurship would cover this law, or every management team would understand the importance of this law. Unfortunately, the …

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Paying for overtime with cash under the table is NOT a good practice!

Reading through the USDOL press releases it appears that many companies have problems paying for overtime. Case after case show companies being fined for overtime violations and recordkeeping errors. At an average of about $250,000 per case, plus whatever the legal costs were, a lot of overtime could have been paid for without getting in …

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Uber and the issue of on-call time

If you have read my blog before you know I have written about the woes of Uber in the past. They are the standard bearer for the “gig” economy. However, a number of people who could not abide by the being independent contractors have sued to be considered “employees” rather than independent contractors.Numerous suits have …

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Being Dumb is better than being bad: A Wage Theft Follow-Up

On the 26th I wrote a post about wage theft, imploring employers not to do things that could be perceived as “wage theft” by their employees or by a court which might hear the case later. I did say that I thought that most cases of wage theft were caused by a lack of knowledge …

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Wage retaliation is a big “NO-NO”

Occasionally I receive a comment on a blog from employees seeking help on their deplorable working situation. Some of them are pretty bad. They deal with not just unknowing bosses who make mistakes that result in incorrect pay, but they also deal with some bosses who are purposely steal money by illegally withholding pay. Then …

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Reduced workweek experiment fails

Around the world there has been a call to reduce the number of hours that people work. This was for a variety of reasons such as more family time, more recreation, better balance between work and non-work, and just a better quality of life. France tried it and mandated a 35 hour workweek. But a …

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