The practice of allowing employees to work from home—known as telecommuting—is a growing trend. Today’s technology allows many employees to work from anywhere. Telecommuting can be a plus for both you and your employees. Your company benefits because you pay less in fixed overhead costs when you don’t have to provide a traditional office for workers, and employees often enjoy the flexibility of working from home.
By Joel Kane, Sedgwick, LLP The California Legislature is constantly enacting new laws, many of which address relatively narrow issues. In some instances, however, there’s still a significant impact on employers, especially in industries that are being targeted by the legislation.
A machinist claims he was erroneously placed on an unpaid suspension due, in part, to race discrimination. His employer, meanwhile, attributed the suspension to a “bookkeeping” error following a change in its progressive discipline policy.
Payments provided to employees for food—as long as they are reasonable and for the employer’s benefit—do not need to be counted as wages when calculating overtime, a federal appeals court has ruled.
When we turn our clocks back this weekend, employers need to be aware of the effect that the end of daylight saving time (DST) has on payroll.
As of December 1, 2016, the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions will go into effect. The main change facing employers is the salary level required for an employee to be considered exempt. Previously, the minimum salary required to meet the exemption requirements for most white-collar exemptions was $455 per week. […]
With the recently-announced rule change from the Department of Labor (DOL) updating the minimum salary requirement for employees to be classified as exempt, now is a great time to take a look at some tips for ensuring that no missteps are taken that might jeopardize that exemption.
California wage and hour law is a convoluted landscape when it comes to determining when a prevailing employee or employer can recover attorneys’ fees and costs. Under California Labor Code Section 1194, an employee who wins a lawsuit against her employer for nonpayment of overtime compensation is entitled to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees.
In its new overtime regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has more than doubled its salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) white-collar overtime exemptions. This causes a rare circumstance in which federal law provides employees with more protections than California law.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a new rule that requires anyone who makes less than $47,476 annually to receive overtime pay. When a colleague suggested I consider this topic for my blog, I was reluctant. I’m not an expert on wage and hour issues. We have many people much more qualified than […]