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.

Challenge: Prevent Off-the-Clock Work and Time Thievery

HR’s challenge: making sure employees are not working off the clock (working too much) while at the same time, making sure that they work when they are getting paid (working too little). And to make it a little tougher, there’s a new sheriff in town, says attorney Bryan D. LeMoine. And here’s her message: “I […]

Tough Conversations: ‘I can’t live on what you’re paying me’

In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered the basics of dealing with tough compensation questions. Today, more tough questions, and an introduction to a unique 10-minute training system. Today’s tips are again from a recent BLR webinar featuring Teresa Murphy and David Wudyka. Murphy is the principal consultant for HR Partner Advantage, an HR advisory firm based […]

Where’s My Raise?—How to Handle Tough Pay Conversations

We’ve gone through two tough years for compensation, and 2011 isn’t shaping up to be much better. And that means another year of tough questions from employees. Teresa Murphy and David Wudyka have some ideas about how to make those conversations go a little better. Murphy is the principal consultant for HR Partner Advantage, an […]

Wage and Hour Simple? I Don’t Think So

Many of the uninitiated do think compensation’s simple, but those same people keep paying out on million-dollar suits. In yesterday’s Advisor, we featured three million-dollar wage and hour lawsuits. Today, two more suits and an introduction to a unique source of compensation solutions that might just help you avoid a million-dollar suit. Oriental Forest Will […]

A Wage/Hour Story Told in Million-Dollar Lawsuits

Wage and hour cases often seem piddling—what are a few hours of overtime here and there? But add in other class members (hundreds, thousands?), years (2 or 3?), and damages, and there’s quite a tidy sum you might owe. Here are several recent cases, each with something to teach about managing wage and hour difficulties. […]

Wal-Mart Faces Class of 1.5 Million; Your Suit Won’t Be That Big

Wal-Mart is poised to defend against a wage-related suit that could have as many as 1.5 million class members. Your suit won’t be as big, but do you think it’s a good reminder to review your exempt/nonexempt classifications? Here, from BLR’s experts, are explanations of many of the trickiest classification questions: Executive Secretary An executive […]

Next Million-Dollar Wage and Hour Lawsuit—Yours?

Just about every day, it seems DOL wins or settles another expensive lawsuit based on the "simple" laws of wage and hour. Today’s Advisor features beyond-the-basics questions that are often asked of the BLR® experts. Q. Can we give an extra week of vacation to cover any overtime? A. Providing vacation rather than overtime is […]

Summer Hiring Season—Child Labor Myths Busted

In yesterday’s Advisor, we busted 11 myths about wage and hour. Today, we tackle myths about child labor—particularly appropriate with summer hiring season approaching—and we take a look at a unique FLSA audit guide. [Go here for Myths 1-11.] Myth #12—There is no restriction on hours of work for workers age 14 and over. Busted. […]

Wage and Hour Mythbusters

Wage and hour should be the easiest job in HR, but there are a surprising number of misconceptions, and there is a surprising amount of misinformation being disseminated by savvy-sounding "experts" wandering the Internet chat sites. Cruise HR on the Internet, and you’ll be stunned. Mixed in with accurate answers are other answers—all delivered with […]

Wage and Hour—No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In yesterday’s Advisor, we featured lawsuit avoidance tips from Attorney William J. Anthony. Today, we’ll cover more of his wage and hour tips, and we’ll take a look at a unique one-stop solution for meeting HR challenges. Anthony made his remarks at a recent seminar sponsored by national law firm Jackson Lewis LLP, where he […]