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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Four Facts about Minimum Wage

  There has been a lot of press about the minimum wage of late, especially with the protests in New York by the fast food workers demanding $15 per hour as the minimum wage. In my HR classes this week we are discussing various aspects of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Most of the students …

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Supreme Court to decide on the Definition of “Clothes”

  If you are like me you looked at that headline and said “What?” or “Really?” Can’t we accomplish that with a dictionary? The answer to that question is apparently not. So the SCOTUS will decide an issue that has been argued in many courts in the past 20 years.The irony is that we will …

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Reducing Salary for Exempt Employees

Times have been tough, everyone knows that. Fortunately they seem to be improving for some companies, but unfortunately not for all companies. Some smaller companies have had to “bite the bullet” and reduce the salaries of their exempt employees. That raises the question of whether or not that alters the exemption status of those employees. …

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Wage & Hour Lawsuits Cost Both Big and Small Companies

I had an after work “adult beverage” (aka beer) with a friend of mine who also happens to be a very fine attorney. In addition to just catching up we naturally talked about what is happening in the world of human resources litigation. He has been an attorney for about 20 years. He said that …

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Handling half days off: Exempt vs. Nonexempt

What do you do when an employee wants a half-day off? You are probably thinking to yourself “That has got to be the dumbest question Haberman has ever asked.” In reality it is not quite as straight forward as you think, because you have two classes of employees, exempt and nonexempt, that have different answers. …

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A Pre-Labor Day Warning

As we come up to Labor Day, a day originally intended to appease labor unions, I thought it would be constructive to remind readers of the current state of affairs with the U.S. Department of Labor. Notice that last word please… it is NOT the U.S. Department of Employers. There is a Secretary of Labor, …

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Productivity Through Technology: A FLSA Trainwreck

As the gas crunch continues to escalate in the U.S. many companies are trying come up with solutions that help employees deal with the costs. One of these solutions is telecommuting, allowing workers to spend time at home and less time on the road. It is nothing new. This interest in telecommuting has been around …

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