Category: FLSA/Wages

The revision of FLSA and other wage and hour regulations presents a compliance challenge for companies nationwide. Employees once classified as exempt may be reclassified as hourly, and vice versa. Sometimes it’s in your company’s best interest to reclassify employees, but you need to be able to weigh the costs and benefits. We show you how, and give you valuable case studies and news updates on the wage and hour front.

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6th Circuit Court’s Decision Provides Guidance on Draw-on-Commission Policies

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—held that an employer’s week-to-week, commission-only pay system was generally valid. However, it was illegal for the company’s policy to state that employees had to repay immediately upon termination draws that had been given during employment.

Employers’ Flu Worries Go Beyond Germs, Attendance

This year’s influenza outbreak has sickened millions of people across the country, leaving employers struggling to cover for employees who are out sick and searching for ways to prevent others from coming down with the flu. But dealing with germ control and sick days is only the beginning. Legal issues also can come into play.

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Public Employees Who Volunteer: Do You Know the Rules Under the FLSA?

Not everyone who performs services for an employer is an employee. For example, many employers use the services of independent contractors, students, trainees, and volunteers. Therefore, an important question to consider is whether those types of workers are actually considered “employees.” If they are, they will be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) […]

New Policy on Internships Puts DOL, Courts on Same Page

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement that it is nixing its 2010 guidance on unpaid internships in favor of a less-rigid test puts the agency in line with recent appellate court rulings on the issue, according to an attorney following the matter.

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).