Category: FLSA/Wages

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.

Ask the Expert: Can We Dock Salaried Employee’s Pay for Personal Day When Vacation Time Is Tapped?

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 […]


Ask the Expert: How Do We Determine Pay for Interns?

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.)

Rhode Island

Buyer, Beware: You May Be Liable for Seller’s Wage Law Violations

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.


Was CBA Sufficient to Compel Arbitration of California Nurse’s Wage and Hour Claims?

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.


$15 Minimum Wage Clears Baltimore City Council

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.