Pay Attention Managers: You have to track time ACTUALLY WORKED!

The basics Let’s start with some FLSA basics. You have to track time because the Fair Labor Standards Act says you have to. You have to track time because this is the basis on which overtime is paid. Overtime is any time worked that exceeds 40 hours in a week. (Note: some states calculate OT …

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Have any Employees “Gaming” the System?

Writer Dave Johnson published an article called Use email for “perception management” at work in which he describes how employees can “game the system” in order to look busy.  Johnson says “I suppose that you might consider some of the recommendations in this article as a fair turn for the always-connected, always-available mindset of many …

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A VERY EXPENSIVE Lesson in NOT Following the Rules

A settlement between Butterball and the US Department of Labor is costing the company over $7.5 million and causing all sorts of disruptions and rules changes to rectify mistakes made by not compensating for time spent “donning” and “doffing” equipment. This is a very expensive lesson in not following the rules. What follows is the …

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The Value of Lunch Breaks and a Word of Warning

Upon just returning from lunch I opened my email and saw an intriguing title for an article. What Happened to the Lunch Break? was written by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer, and she asks the question “When’s the last time you left your desk and took a real lunch break?” She has found that many …

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It Will Cost Me How Much? A Story of Misclassification and Improper Deductions

When you read stories of the US Department of Labor visiting companies I am sure many of you think “Well that is a big company, they will never visit me, I am a small company.” I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. I know of a twenty person …

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Five Great Reads in HR for a Friday

Periodically I try to give you the benefit of all the reading I do so that you don’t have to search for everything. Well today is another installment of that. Here are five great reads in HR that will inform you, educate you and who knows what else you may get out of them. First …

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Five Steps to Diminish Wage & Hour Problems: Revisited

I first wrote this post in 2010, however it is still as applicable today as it was then. The links are disabled from that first post, but I have provided a link at the bottom for FLSA information. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ First off let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I am NOT an attorney. …

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Recordkeeping Under the FLSA: A Revisit

Here is a revisit to a post written last year. I keep running into a lack of understanding of what the FLSA requires. I am currently writing 30 Days to More Effective HR and the first part deals with the FLSA. (30 Days will be released by subscription in the near future.) So here is …

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Timekeeping Methods the USDOL Encourages Your Employees to Use

In case you haven’t heard the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Divison, is encouraging your employees to report you. They are doing this several ways, including three timekeeping methods the encourage your employees to use. Of course this is nothing new. The Department of Labor has always been the instrument to investigate and …

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