What the Heck is "Doffing?"

I originally wrote this post back in 2011. You would think this is a simple issue, yet employers continue to get it wrong. Just yesterday I read an article written by the attorneys of Fox Rothchild, LLP where they described a case where a company is accused of owing overtime to 7000 employees because the …

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The US Department of Labor is not going easy on employers

Lest you think that a change in administration from Obama to Trump has softened the government’s stance on wage violations, let me give you some new release headlines to make you think differently. From the News Releases page on the DOL website: Chicago Restaurant to Pay $339,418 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department …

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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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Can a Church ignore the law?

With the subject of religion playing in the news in relation to ignoring a law, now we have another incidence of a church, not an individual, ignoring the law. In this case it deals with child labor and not gay marriage. Picking nuts The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division announced a lawsuit …

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Independent Contractor Problems May Arise With Current Employees

Independent contractors that have been improperly classified as such can cause alot of tax and FLSA issues. I have written about the use of IC’s several times. You can find these posts here and here and here. One issue regarding independent contractors that I have not written about is the use of current employees to …

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DOL Stands for Department of Labor NOT Department of Employers

I have written numerous times about the efforts of the US Department of Labor to increase their compliance efforts. They have taken a much more advesarial stance to dealing with employers. To find those posts I have written just do a search on this blog on USDOL. One of the posts you will find deals …

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Five Steps to Diminish Wage & Hour Problems

First off let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I am NOT an attorney. I am NOT providing legal advice. I am making these statements from the perspective of an HR professional, consultant and HR instructor that has dealt with Wage & Hour issues for a long time. With that said here is my list …

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