Tag: exempt

BlackBerry® and iPhone® Use May Lead to Overtime

In today’s technological climate, it seems that almost every employee, from the CEO to the rank-and-file worker, uses some type of personal digital assistant (PDA) or BlackBerry® device. PDAs, BlackBerries®, iPhones®, and other so called “smart phones” have a number of uses: calculator, clock, calendar, video recorder, address book, word processor, radio, and even Global […]

Overtime and Wage Lawsuits: Potential Liability for Most Employers

Many employers are shocked when they see how quickly a single complaint by an employee for unpaid overtime can turn into a collective-action lawsuit under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state labor laws. Unlike discrimination claims filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is no requirement that […]

Wage and Hour Compliance Essentials for Employers

by Kara Shea Wage and hour compliance issues are probably the single greatest source of worry (and sleepless nights) for employers, at least those who are reading the headlines. In the last several years, employers around the country have been hit with huge damages awards in wage and hour litigation or have agreed to pay […]

Retail Sales Exemption to Federal Wage Law

by Kara Shea Typically, when employers consider whether their employees are exempt from federal overtime pay requirements, they think in terms of the “big three” exemptions — administrative, executive, and professional, collectively known as the “white-collar” exemptions. When reviewing job positions, classifying new positions, or conducting an internal audit, however, remember to consider some lesser-known […]

Handling Employees Summoned for Jury Duty

John, a regular full-time employee of BigCo, received a jury summons from federal court. Upon learning he had to appear for jury duty, he called Jamie, BigCo’s human resources representative, to find out what he needed to do. Jamie told him that he needed to take personal leave for his absence. After hearing John complaining, […]