Tag: FLSA

Can You Accept Volunteer Labor?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is seemingly straightforward on the matter of pay: employers must pay employees for all hours worked. But who is an employee? And can employers accept free work?

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3rd Circuit: Employees Entitled to Pay for Short Breaks During Day

In a recent precedential decision, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—held that employers are obligated to pay employees for breaks of 20 minutes or less under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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3rd Circuit Tackles Definition of Willful Conduct Under FLSA

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently ruled that Lackawanna County’s failure to pay county employees overtime was not “willful” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), even though an e-mail from the county acknowledged that it had “wage and hour issues.”

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10th Circuit Gives Employers Tips About Tipping

Two recent decisions from the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming—provide new guidance for employers with tipped employees.

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DOL Opinion Letters Rise from the Ashes

Opinion Letters written by federal Department of Labor (DOL) officials have served to explain a variety of legal principles and clarify fact-specific situations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) since the FLSA became law in 1938.

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Employer Asks SCOTUS to Address Joint Employment

An employer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on joint employment in wage and hour claims—an issue that has recently divided the federal courts of appeal and drawn mixed messages from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Asking Tipped Employees to Perform Extra Duties Can Stick Restaurants with Unwanted Tab

Most restaurants take advantage of the tip credit authorized by federal and Maryland wage and hour law when compensating their servers. If used correctly, the tip credit allows an employer to reduce its labor costs by applying tips earned by employees as a partial credit against the minimum wage they would otherwise be paid for […]

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