Category: Wage and Hour

Wage and hour articles tend to focus on compliance issues surrounding this topic. From how to implement time clocks to when you do or do not have to pay for breaks are just a few of the kinds of things you’ll find in this section.

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Hospitality Industry Rife with Gender Pay Gaps

The 2017 Restaurant Management Salary Survey Report, the third annual report from Gecko Hospitality, the largest hospitality recruiter in the United States, finds the gender pay gap is still widespread, with starting pay and bonuses for men considerably higher than for women.

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What HR Needs to Know About Tax Reform’s Impact on Engaging Independent Contractors

In 2017, 40.9 million Americans chose to work as independent contractors – about one third of the total U.S. workforce. By and large, these independent professionals work this way because they choose to do so. Their contributions – both to the workforce at large and to the American economy – are significant, about $1.2 trillion […]

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Is a Telecommuting Program Right for Your Business? Legal and Practical Considerations

It’s Monday morning, seven inches of snow have accumulated outside and the weatherman predicts another five to come.  Do you shut down your business operations or require your employees to report to work?  For many HR professionals, the above hypothetical has become a reality as the past several months brought snowstorms in the Midwest, nor’easters […]

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Ask the Expert: California Meal Period Rules and ‘Premium Pay’

In the state of California, if an hourly associate works 6.5 hours without a meal period, what does the company owe them? I have an associate claiming she should be receiving an hour of extra pay for any shift where she did not receive a meal period before her 5th hour. She is also asking […]

Be Aware of the Wage and Hour Implications of Telecommuting

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.

Payroll Issues During Blizzards and Snow Days

As we head into the heart of the winter storm season, it is inevitable that employers could face some severe snowstorms and blizzards in February. Hence, this is an excellent time to brush up on the wage and hour laws, which dictate whether you are required to pay salary or hourly wages to employees who are unable to get to work during a blizzard or severe snowstorm. Here is a timely refresher article on these issues.

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New Report Examines Trends in Wage and Hour Class Action Suits, Settlements

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has released its 13th annual edition of the Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, which offers a complete guide to complex workplace-related litigation. In this year’s report, Seyfarth analyzed 1,331 class action rulings on a circuit-by-circuit and state-by-state basis to capture key themes from 2016 and emerging litigation trends facing U.S. companies in […]