Eighty years of the FLSA and companies still screw it up

Two things struck me as I was reading today. First, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been around for 80 years now. You would think that every business course would cover this law, every book on entrepreneurship would cover this law, or every management team would understand the importance of this law. Unfortunately, the …

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If you require the overtime, pay the overtime

I am amazed sometimes at the things employers will do to avoid paying overtime. If this is done unintentionally, it is a sign of ignorance and lack of proper understanding of the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If this is done intentionally this falls into the category of wage theft. Below is a …

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Do most employers engage in wage theft?

Are you an employer who pays employees for their work? Are you certain that you have accurately paid nonexempt employees for every minute they have worked? Are you certain that you have never incorrectly made a deduction from an exempt employee’s check when they didn’t work a full week? Well, congratulations if you haven’t, but …

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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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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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As an employer are you engaging in wage theft?

An organization called the Wage Authority Group released a recent report saying that employers are stealing up to $50 billion annually from workers. This dwarfs the $14 billion stolen from people through robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts in the nation. That is a tremendous number. As they calculate fifty billion a year is …

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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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Not Paying Overtime May Result in Loss of Your Business License

  Perhaps it started with Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, announcing that employers were stealing a $1,000,000 a week from their employees and she was the new sheriff in town and she was going to correct that. But since then a number of states and municipalities have been passing “Wage Theft” laws. Additionally, the …

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