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 […]
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.
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 […]
Do your employees routinely work more hours than they record? How sure are you of your answer?
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 […]
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.
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.
Question: We had a store meeting. One employee was off and only came in for the 45 minute meeting. She is saying she is entitled to 2 hours of pay. Do I owe her for 2 hours or just the 45 minutes. She says there is a minimum of 2 hours for working.”
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 […]
Employers would be wise to ignore the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations and guidance that permit exceptions timekeeping under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The department says that the practice is fine, but experts warn that it sets employers up to violate another DOL mandate: “complete and accurate” time records.
Just-in-time scheduling is attractive to many employers, says attorney Charlie Plumb, but it’s not without its pitfalls. And the same goes for the related challenges of show-up pay and on-call pay.