Opinion letters flowing from the Wage and Hour Division to help employers

In a blog post from last July, I mentioned that Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta had announced that the Wage and Hour Division would start administering opinion letter again. They have lived up to their word. Initially, they reviewed and reissued opinion letters from 2009, such as one on permissible salary deductions from exempt …

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When is the best time to make important decisions?

Last week I reported on some information from Dan Pink’s new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. I mentioned that I was getting my copy that day and I would be writing about my reading of the book. This is the first report of several in the coming month. Timing can save lives …

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Courts weigh-in on whether or not breaks are to be paid

I find it amazing sometimes the extent to which employers go to try to get around rules. The Fair Labor Standards Act says that, while breaks are not required for nonexempt hourly employees, if an employer allows breaks then they must be paid if they are twenty minutes or less in length. The concept is …

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Breaks are good for your mental bottomline

  Although the Fair Labor Standards Act does not require that companies provide breaks most companies do because they recognize that a bit of down time is good for employee morale and productivity. Now researchers have also found that breaks are also good for you mental bottomline. Improved memory According to science writer Marghi Merzenich …

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USDOL Timekeeping App: Better Watch For It

I participated in a webinar today about the FLSA and breaks and meal times. I have written about this before (see Breaks, Meal Times and the FLSA) so I am not going to repeat that information. In the discussion we were having I mentioned that employers needed to pay attention to recording break times because their employees …

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