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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Should you get paid to put on your Mickey Mouse costume?

In late July a Disney employee filed a lawsuit alleging that the company was violating the FLSA by not paying employees for the time it took them to put on their uniforms. This is an area that falls under the “doffing and donning” rules in the FLSA that have been litigated numerous times. The Supreme …

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Generosity in pay does not relieve an employer from overtime obligations

In a case in Pennsylvania, that may have national implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reversed a prior District Court decision and said that the DuPont companies owes workers overtime despite the company’s generosity in other areas pay. The situation The workers at a DuPont plant regularly worked 12 hour …

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Why it is important to have accurate time records!

Continuing with the theme that I established yesterday, poor HR practices, today I want to talk about the importance of keeping accurate time records. Supposedly we all know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires accurate time records for non-exempt employees. That is the basis on which we determine how much they are to …

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The Supreme Court Decides on the FLSA and We Listen

Many of you probably already know this as the law firms jumped on this decision right away. There had been a lot of press about the Amazon workers complaining they were not getting paid for the time it took them to go through security at the end of their shifts. They filed a lawsuit and …

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Pay Violations cost American Workers $50 BILLION per year

You read that right! That is $50 Billion, with a “B”, that American workers are losing on an annual basis. A study by the Economic Policy Institute shows that American employers fail to pay their workers properly, with the resulting loss of this magnitude. Wage Theft In some circles these pay violations are considered to …

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Supreme Court asked to decide another Wage and Hour issue

  About a year ago I wrote a post called Supreme Court to decide on the Definition of “Clothes”. I thought at that time it was ridiculous to have the highest court in the land decide such trivial things. I envision them deciding groundbreaking and monumental things. But now they are being asked again to …

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