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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FLSA issues for 2018

As we enter into a new calendar year there are a lot of Department of Labor issues employers should be concerned with in handling employees. I am not going to cover all of them, but I do want to talk about several. Employee classification One of the biggest issues of 2017 will continue to be …

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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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Other implications of misclassifying employees

When you read stories about employee misclassification most people have a tendency to think exempt vs nonexempt. Generally this kind of reclassification means an employee will now be eligible for overtime compensation and any back pay that may be due. But what happens when the employee has been classified as an independent contractor vs employee? …

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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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Five great reads to improve HR

Wednesday is always a good day to take a look at some writing other than mine that others have found interesting. So here are five selections that will educate you and improve you. Selection One Oops Uber made it in the news, but not in a good way. Julianne Pepitone wrote in CNN Tech “Susan Fowler, …

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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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Wage and Hour lessons- Damn this stuff gets complicated!

Rather than subjecting you to my writing today I am going to expose you to the writing of four excellent attorneys who also write great blog posts. The common theme to these four posts is wage and hour issues. This is important with the new exempt regulations looming on the near horizon. Minimum wage issues …

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From the Archive: Wage and Hour lawsuits are on the rise and costly

With the changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act due at anytime now, I thought while I was away this week I would rerun this post.  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. …

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Which employment related claim is filed most often?

I helped give a webinar the other day for Blogging4Jobs. Attorney Casey Sipe and I talked about the coming changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act. There are going to be pretty big changes that will lead to many companies re-evaluating their current FLSA procedures. They may not be happy with what they find. And …

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