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Capitol Hill Cafeteria Employees Get $1M for Preshift Work

Employees working in U.S. Senate cafeterias will receive more than $1 million in back wages after a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation found wage and hour violations.


Who Can Recoup Attorney’s Fees Under California Wage and Hour Law?

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.


The 10 Most Costly Management Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

"Attorney Aaron Zandy, SPHR, uses essentially this opening statement at the beginning of every trial. But, he says, “sometimes it’s easier than others.” Here’s the statement:"

“It’s a case of perception vs. reality. The plaintiff perceives he (she) was disciplined, retaliated against, and harassed.  The reality is different. He (she) was terminated for a legitimate, non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory reason by a professional, well-trained manager with supportive documentation.”


Performance Appraisals—10 Most Common Sins

"Performance appraisals—love them or hate them, it’s easy to make expensive mistakes. We’ve collected the most common errors of managers and supervisors who conduct performance appraisals. We call them the “10 Sins.”"

Sin #1. Failure to set meaningful goals

“Well, Sandy, I think we did fairly well this year, eh?”
“Tracy, I was sort of hoping you’d make more progress this year.”


Top 10: Compensation & Benefits Daily Advisor

"Here’s a list of the top 10 posts on the Compensation & Benefits Daily Advisor so far this year."

9 Thinks You MUST NOT Include in Your Documentation


Must Employers Pay for Commute Time When Telecommuters Have to Come in?

It’s prudent to pay close attention to travel pay regulations because travel-related issues pose a significant risk for wage and hour claims. This is, unfortunately, an often-overlooked area.


Wage and Hour Simple? The 10 Sins

"Minimum wage and overtime—how hard could it be? Wage and hour should be simple, but it’s just not. Where are the 10 most common “sins” managers and supervisors commit in complying with the “simple” rules?"

Sin #1. Failure to pay the minimum wage

We’ll pay you $5 an hour until you learn the ropes; then you move up to $7 an hour.


Supervisory Sin 7: Making Wage/Hour Blunders

"Yesterday’s Advisor featured the first six sins of supervisors. Today, sins 7 through 10, plus an introduction to a timely webcast that will help you find wage/hour problems (yes, you do have them) before the feds do."

[Go here for sins 1 through 6.]


10 Sins of Well-Meaning Supervisors

"How many ways can untrained supervisors and managers—with the best of intentions—beg for a lawsuit? Sometimes it seems like a thousand, but we’ve distilled it down into 10 major sins you can talk to your supervisors about (and you might as well include your managers)."

Sin #1. Making Unlawful Preemployment Inquiries

That’s an interesting accent you have. Where were you born?
Do you have any children? If so, will you have any daycare problems?
By the way, we’re all about diversity here.


Small Data May Help More than Big Data, Despite the Hype

"In yesterday's Advisor, big data invalidated some long-held axioms of HR. Today, we discuss why you should try small data, plus an introduction to a unique audit guide that lets you find problems before the feds do."

Can big data solve your HR problems? The important thing to remember is that the basis of big data is statistics, and you have to be careful interpreting results. So-called confounding variables may muddy the waters. For example: