Tag: Key Exemption Concepts

5 Questions for Avoiding Unpaid Overtime Claim

The idea behind overtime is straightforward, but the actual administration of it is anything but. Attorney Paul Lopez suggests that employers ask themselves five questions to see whether they are vulnerable to overtime-based lawsuits.

Be Careful When Scheduling Split-Shift Meetings

Yesterday, Garrett Jensen of the Orange County office of Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP spelled out the facts of a recent court case in which an employee claimed he was entitled to reporting time pay on days he had meetings scheduled. Today, the court’s ruling.

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: California Deduction Rules

Under both federal and California law, exempt employees generally must be paid their full pre-determined weekly salary for every week that they perform any work. As a result, employers may make only limited deductions from the pay of exempt employees. Our lists of permitted and prohibited deductions will help you determine when you can deduct […]

Are You Paying the Right Overtime Rate?

Under both California and federal law, nonexempt employees must be paid daily and weekly overtime at the rate of 1.5 times the employee’s “regular rate” of pay. Daily double-time must be paid at 2.0 times the “regular rate.”

Employers Jailed for Failing to Pay Back Wages

Ever wonder just how far government agencies will go to punish employers who don’t pay back wages? As the owners of Southern California Maid Services and Carpet Cleaning Inc. found out recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is prepared to take misbehaving employers all the way to the jail house to enforce back wage […]

Timekeeping and Payroll: The 9-to-5 Trap

Most employees today don’t punch a time clock; they generally work a set schedule, such as 9 am to 5 pm. Because these employees work a regular schedule, many employers don’t bother to track their time (or require the employees to track their time). This means that each paycheck reflects pay for the time scheduled […]

New Survey Says Pay Violations Rampant; DOL Stepping Up Inspections

In response to the published results of a recent survey of low-wage workers in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will be putting at least 250 more wage and hour inspectors on the ground to audit employer compensation practices. In other words, […]

Alternative Workweeks vs. Reduced-Hour Workweeks; What’s the Difference?

There are two types of four-day workweeks in California: alternative workweeks and reduced-hour workweeks. Alternative Workweeks When there is no reduction in the overall number of hours the employee works in a week (or in the employee’s workload), this is called an “alternative workweek schedule.” An example of an alternative workweek would be employees working […]