Tag: North Carolina

People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

My mother used to always tell me, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I had no idea what it meant as a child, but growing up, I quickly realized the true meaning of this phrase. And the saying rings true for almost everyone, including Santa!

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Ask the Expert: Can We Use ‘Comp Time’ once Overtime Regs Take Effect?

Question: I understand with the new FLSA regulations that “An employer may require an exempt employee to work more than 40 hours in a workweek without having to pay a premium for overtime hours.” Most of our employees are exempt, but currently we give them the option to be paid straight time for hours worked […]

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NC General Assembly does more than just invalidate Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance

by Richard L. Rainey On Wednesday night, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2, which was then signed by Governor Pat McCrory. While HB 2 was prompted by the desire to overturn Charlotte’s recently enacted ordinance that banned discrimination against LGBT people in the provision of public accommodations and allowed transgender individuals […]

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Can a Reasonable Accommodation Be Retaliatory Under the FMLA?

By Richard J. Morgan, JD One of the challenging situations faced by HR professionals and the employers they work for is the differing standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Considering one of the laws without an analysis of the other and its effect on employment […]

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Did Maryland Employer Violate the FLSA?

By Richard J. Morgan, JD The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) recently addressed a case in which two tipped employees disputed the pay they received from their employers.

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DOL 2013 Wage & Hour FLSA Enforcement Infographic: Southeast

The Wage & Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor, which enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), recovered more than $280 million in back wages for over 308,000 employees in Fiscal Year 2012. This map reflects a sampling of 2013 WHD enforcement activity—including recovery of wages and punitive damages—taken against employers in […]

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January 1 marks major deadline for North Carolina E-Verify law

by Richard L. Rainey North Carolina’s law requiring employers and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring new employees is taking effect in phases. January 1 is the next effective date. The requirement to use E-Verify begins January 1 for employers with at least 100 but fewer than 500 employees in North […]

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New E-Verify Requirements Going into Effect in North Carolina

By Richard L. Rainey A new North Carolina state law soon will require use of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-Verify system to check if workers are legally entitled to work in the United States. Under the new law, signed by Governor Bev Perdue on June 23, all employers in North Carolina that […]

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North Carolina: No Housecleaning in “Purple” State

by Richard L. Rainey, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC The “throw the bums out” wave that was prevalent in many states was a mere ripple in North Carolina. Incumbents on both sides of the aisle held onto their seats in all of the congressional contests except one — in House District Two, where Republican […]

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