Tag: employees

Why You Need a Retaliation Prevention Policy

Employee retaliation claims are skyrocketing, and in 2011 these claims were the number one complaint to the EEOC. As a result, you need to know how to prevent retaliation claims from happening. At SHRM’s legislative conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, California employment attorney Jody Katz Pritikin, presented tips on how to prevent and […]

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No Matter How You Pay Them, Tips Belong to Employees

Even non-exempt employees can cause confusion and employer liability under the FLSA. Often, employers run into trouble when attempting to classify their employees for purposes of pay exemptions. But equally tricky is how to pay non-exempt employees who have non-traditional forms of payment, such as tipped employees. The recent slew of major FLSA wage and […]

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IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program: Proceed With Caution

In a recent move to encourage employers to correct past misclassification of workers, the IRS has established a voluntary compliance program, called the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, or VCSP. The program permits employers to voluntarily reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods with minimal tax liability for past non-employee treatment. To participate, an […]

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Know the Rules for On-call Workers

By Arthur Silbergeld, Esq. Anyone who works on a computer knows the sinking feeling that comes with hitting that nasty combination of keystrokes causing your machine to freeze. The fact that many companies now keep IT staff available around the clock just to help frantic employees get their misbehaving computers working, retrieve lost documents and […]

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DOL Fact Sheet: Tips Belong to the Employee

Tips are the property of the employee, whether or not that employee has taken a tip credit under the Fair Labor Standards Act. So states Labor Department Fact Sheet #15A, released by the Wage and Hour Division in February. The fact sheet reflects tip credit regulations DOL updated in May 2011. Under the regulation, an […]

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Attorney Offers Tips for Staying Compliant with DOL’s Wage and Hour Priorities

As the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division steps up enforcement initiatives,  the need for employers to monitor their wage and hour practices is growing. Speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 Employment Law and Legislative Conference March 5, Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson in Washington, a former Bush appointee at DOL, […]

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Be “sure” before classifying a worker as an independent contractor

Never base a worker classification decision on uncertainty, according to attorney Christine Walters. Walters, a Maryland HR consultant presenting at the Society for Human Resource Management’s legislative conference in Washington, D.C., March 5,  ticked off the many reasons employers might be inclined to classify a worker as an independent contractor. Among them: to avoid paying […]

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DOL Proposal Helping Home Companions Would Hurt Seniors, Business, Franchisees Claim

The Labor Department underestimated the cost of its proposal extending minimum wage and overtime protections to in-home caregivers underestimates, according to an industry group representing  in-home care franchise owners.  If the proposal is implemented as planned,  the study concludes, both the quality of care provided to seniors and the financial health of the in-home care […]

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EEOC Clarifies Why Screening Out Applicants Without Diplomas Is Illegal

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has clarified when and how screening out job applications without high school diplomas may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The commission made clear that such a requirement could violate the ADA in an informal guidance late last year, but clarification was necessary after “significant commentary and conjecture,” it said […]

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Why Nonunion Employers Should Give a Hoot About the NLRB’s Ruling in Horton

Many employers try hard to curtail employee claims against them, or at least to channel such claims away from the courts and into less costly forums. Some have done this by forcing employees to promise not to file a class action suit; others allow class actions, but require that they be resolved through arbitration. The […]

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