A federal court of appeals has granted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) its third extension in defending a lawsuit challenging new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.
The revision of FLSA and other wage and hour regulations presents a compliance challenge for companies nationwide. Employees once classified as exempt may be reclassified as hourly, and vice versa. Sometimes it’s in your company’s best interest to reclassify employees, but you need to be able to weigh the costs and benefits. We show you how, and give you valuable case studies and news updates on the wage and hour front.
Question: Under what circumstances is an employer allowed to require a salaried exempt employee to utilize his/her vacation leave bank for full days away from the office for personal reasons other than medical? Also, is an employer allowed to withhold payment or “dock” a salary-exempt employee for full days out of the office for personal […]
Two subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Co. have agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle claims that they improperly deducted uniform and “costume” expenses from workers’ pay.
Question: We have exempt employees who manage our catering division and sometimes get tips from customers. How do we declare tips for them?
Question: Is there a deciding factor(s) to unpaid vs. paid interns? Are there specific wage ranges for paid interns? Is there a formula or process to use when deciding the pay for an intern? (We are a public agency in Illinois.)
The Rhode Island federal court recently held that a buyer of an employer’s assets can be liable for the seller’s violations of federal and state wage laws, even if the buyer is a separate entity with distinct management and ownership from that of the seller. If the buyer continues the seller’s business operations, it should conduct careful due diligence and confirm that the seller will have sufficient assets after the sale to satisfy any lingering debts.
A nurse filed a class action lawsuit against her former employer alleging wage and hour violations, including failure to provide meal and rest breaks and pay overtime. The hospital asked the court to compel arbitration, relying on arbitration provisions in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Read on to see if the court granted the employer’s request.
Question: If an employee uses his company phone for long distance calls or goes above the data limit, is there a way for the company to recover the money? From what we understand, we are not able to deduct the amount from paychecks, but can the company require a reimbursement from the employee? If they […]
Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor has questioned whether the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has the authority to set any salary threshold for overtime pay—not just the pending increase that effectively brings the threshold to $47,476.
On March 20, the Baltimore City Council voted 11-3 to approve a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. If ultimately enacted, the minimum wage would be the highest in Maryland.