Month: February 2017

Thumbs Down for Jerky Maker—Fires Employee for Calling 911

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, written in 1906, portrays the harsh conditions immigrant workers faced in the meatpacking industry at the turn of the century.  Sinclair’s novel helped pave the way for reform in the meatpacking industry and probably spawned the vegetarian movement, but that’s just neither here nor there.


Do Employees Know What to Do if ICE Comes Knocking?

The federal government recently announced increased enforcement of immigration policies, and that plan could include increased worksite visits. This means receptionists, crew managers, and others who would be the first point of contact need to know what to say—and what not to say—if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up, according Lori Chesser, a […]


Commission Structure Doesn’t Justify Failure to Pay Wages Due at Termination

Commission payments often make up a significant portion of the compensation paid to employees who work in sales. The structure of commission payments varies from industry to industry and from region to region, but commissions serve the same basic purpose: financially motivating employees to increase their sales with the promise of receiving higher income.

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Ask the Expert: Are Cash Payments in Lieu of Benefits Part of Base Wage?

Question: We provide employees the option to take a lump sum cash payment ($1,000/yr) in lieu of accepting benefits, payable in increments over each pay period. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has indicated those payments should be included in the base wage for purposes of calculating overtime (see Flores v. City […]


Which three fictional characters best describe you?

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue. by Elizabeth Petersen Dan Oswald has graciously allowed me to take over his blog again, and I thought we’d kick off our week by playing a game that’s been making the rounds on social media: […]