Increases in minimum wages

Twenty-two states are increasing their minimum wage in 2019. Many of these are indexed to the cost-of-living and thus increase on an annual basis. Others may be due to a reaction to the “Fight for $15” movement of the last couple of years. Some states remain on par with the Federal minimum wage of $7.25, …

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Five acts that violate the overtime provisions of the FLSA- again

I am still doing webinars on violations of the FLSA because employers still make these mistakes.  I spent an hour reading material on the many employers who make FLSA mistakes. Stop! Learn the correct ways! CNN Money published a list of the top 10 industries that violate the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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When minimum wage may not mean what you think it means

Under the FLSA the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Does that mean that no one can get paid less than that on an hourly basis, or is there another way to view this? Is paying less than $7.25 illegal? Two Xerox employees made claim they were being paid less than the minimum wage and …

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The Naked Truth about Independent Contractors

My guess is that most people picture the world of exotic dancers as a lucrative one. Apparently, that is not a good guess. In a lawsuit filed in December 2016 dancers in a Florida club alleged that the owners had improperly classified them as independent contractors and had not paid them either the minimum wage …

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Ignoring the minimum wage is a big deal!

With all the talk about minimum wage and minimum salary, a company ignores at its own peril their obligation to pay people the proper hourly wage. So Life Time Fitness found out. They were ordered to pay Corporate-wide back wages of $476,329 due to 15,546 employees at locations in 26 states. They had to pay …

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Is the Fight for $15 self-defeating?

As I write this the employees at O’Hare Airport are on strike in conjunction with multiple Fight for $15 rally’s spread across the country. Bolstered by support from unions, particularly the SEIU, workers are trying to get increases to $15 per hour. Is it working? Or are they shooting themselves in the foot? Who is …

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New posters required by the US Department of Labor

With all the changes going on in the government it should be no surprise that new posters have been produced. Minimum wage This has nothing to do with the new regulations going into effect on December 1, 2016 this year. This is actually the $7.25 minimum wage poster. It is new, and required, because the …

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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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Future Friday: The rise of conflicting trends

As we move into a new “generation” era I see conflicting trends arising in the workplace. The wants and desires of workers don’t mesh with the wants and desires that our government perceives we have. Individual identity is being subsumed into the collective. There is a desire for protection from the evils of the world, …

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Trying to live the dream on low wages

We probably all know some young man who has spent much of his early life playing baseball. They grow up with the dream of getting ever better and eventually making it to the “show.” I watched the young man across the street throw tens of thousands of balls in the street. He became a star …

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